Kaiser Health News

Learning the Right Lessons from Hospice

Health policymakers love the idea of hospice. Yet Medicare seems to be learning exactly the wrong lessons from the success of the program, which provides well-integrated patient-centered comfort care to people with terminal illness. Instead of trying to understand why hospice is growing in popularity, Medicare is instead making it harder to enroll. As often happens in its regulation of [...]

By |2013-01-18T17:16:59-05:00January 18th, 2013|Aging, End of life, Medicare|4 Comments

What Medicaid Cuts Will Mean For Seniors

Kaiser Health News published my column today on what Medicaid cuts would mean for seniors and others with disabilities. While most of the public and many policymakers never think about the importance of the Medicaid safety net for these people, the program is the nation's largest single payer of of long-term care supports and services. If future Medicaid benefits are reduced and most middle-class [...]

Villages: A Key Piece to the Aging in Place Puzzle

Today, The Washington Post and Kaiser Health News jointly published an article I wrote on aging in place villages--an important element in the effort to help seniors remain in their communities.  There are close to 50 villages now operating around the country, and at least 600 communities interested enough to send representatives to workshops held over the past year by the non-profit community development group NCB Capital [...]

By |2010-02-09T15:05:17-05:00February 9th, 2010|family caregivers, Senior housing|1 Comment