Posts tagged "Aging"

Illinois Ranking Improves in Services and Supports for Older Adults

It’s been three years since publication of the first national Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Scorecard by AARP’s Public Policy Institute and the 2014 Scorecard shows that despite progress, widespread disparities still exist and improvements are still needed in the areas of home care services, family caregiver support and residential services for older adults and people with physical... Read more »

Whill Wheelchair Fails to Meet Needs of Many

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The Whill wheelchair that premiered at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show looks like it has the right stuff. Great design featuring a tight turning radius, smooth easy-to-clean surfaces and easy on/off transfer makes it an enticing product. Yet, it stops short of offering the feature that would most benefit thousands of frail older adults who... Read more »

The Challenge of Reducing Expenditures for Dual Eligible Beneficiaries

The Holy Grail of reducing expenditures associated with providing medical and long term care services (LTC) to this complex population is propelling states to look to managed care organizations (MCOs) for answers. The reasoning is something like: since MCOs are capable of managing the expenditures of younger Medicaid beneficiaries, surely they will be able to... Read more »
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Aging in Finland

Whoever said that blogging about elder care cannot lead to fun and adventure never ate reindeer in an 18th century fortress overlooking the Gulf of Finland while discussing innovations  in the elder care ecosystem.  This past week, I did that and more while attending the Living Lab Conference in Helsinki, sponsored by the Laurea University of... Read more »

Happy Anniversary Medicare and Why Thomas Friedman Frets

Monday is the 47th anniversary of the enactment of Medicare and we should celebrate how this government program continues to transform the lives of seniors and people with disabilities by making healthcare available to these two vulnerable populations. Nevertheless, the program has always been challenging to manage. Almost since its inception, the Hospital trust fund which is... Read more »

Understanding the Elder Care Ecosystem

Consistent readers of this blog (whom I greatly appreciate) can attest that I rarely share my real life experiences with elder care in this forum. Although life’s experiences can certainly inform, I too often read blogs that are profoundly individualistic, focusing more on feelings than on ideas or actions and offer little in the way... Read more »
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Medicare Commission Raises Questions about Care Coordination

Before I comment on the latest MedPAC report…. Thursday’s big news from the Supreme Court continues to elicit commentary from health care, legal and political analysts. For what it’s worth, I found Justice Robert’s opinion to be in perfect harmony with what I learned in law school: if the Supreme Court can find a way... Read more »

U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging Ponders Future of Long Term Care - Part II

Last week’s post (here) on the recent hearing conducted by the  U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging struck a cord with readership. The question of how to best provide and finance long-term care services and supports (LTSS) for older Americans lies at the core of the debate on how best to cope with the approaching age... Read more »

AARP Reports on Person Centered Care for Older Adults

Reading “Moving Toward Person Centered Care,” the recently published report by the AARP Public Policy Institute resonated with me as I thought of the challenges two friends faced when directing care for ailing parents who live far from Chicago. In both instances, fragmentation in the delivery of health care and long term supportive services created barriers for my... Read more »
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Governor Quinn's Proposed FY13 Spending Cuts to Reduce Medicaid Liability

On April 19, Governor Quinn announced his proposed spending cuts and to the surprise of no one, the $1.38 billion in proposed elimination and reduction of human service programs will cut a wide swath of pain across Illinois. A fundamental reappraisal of the delivery of human services in Illinois is long overdue, and the depth and... Read more »
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    Bruce Lederman has over 25 years experience in the senior care field as a direct care provider and thought leader. Bruce was CEO and president of his own firm that operated skilled nursing facilities in Illinois. He is a former nursing home administrator and has consulted to numerous elder care providers on planning for strategic growth as well as process improvement. Recently he served as board chair of CJE SeniorLife, a leading non-profit elder care provider in the Chicago area. Bruce is currently employed as chief strategy officer for a company providing skilled nursing services in communities throughout Illinois and Missouri.

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