Changing the Way We Look at Families Caring for an Aging America

While family caregiving is an intensely personal issue, it is critically important to the well-being of our aging U.S. population, families and society — and must be taken seriously as a critical issue of public policy. That’s according to a recent report on family caregiving for older adults from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The report, developed and authored by a 19-member expert committee of which I was a member, highlights the shortcoming of both the health …

States Move to Coordinate Care for Medicare, Medicaid

By Wendy Fox-Grage I have been studying long-term services and supports (LTSS) across the nation for nearly 20 years, so it is hard to surprise me. However, whenever 34 states take on major new initiatives aimed at cutting costs and  improving care, I take notice, especially given that most of these efforts will occur within the next two years! A recent study shows two-thirds of states have or are planning initiatives to better coordinate care for people who are eligible …