Policymakers could set up a volunteer “Caregiver Corps” that would show people how to provide care for their loved ones at home.
Policymakers also could try encouraging communities to set up accountable care organizations (ACOs) that would coordinate long-term care (LTC) services and social support services as well as medical care.
Joanne Lynn, director of the Altarum Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness, gave those ideas for improving LTC service delivery Wednesday at the second meeting of the Federal Commission on Long-Term Care.
Congress created the 15-member commission in 2012, with a provision in the same bill that officially eliminated the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act program, a component of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) that was supposed to set up a voluntary, employee-paid LTC benefits program.
The commission is supposed to try to come up with ideas for improving the LTC finance and delivery systems by September.
The commission got off to a slow start and held its first meeting only in June.
The commission got its website up and running this week.
Much of the discussion at the second meeting focused on statistics, and lack of statistics.