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|A newsletter of FCA's National Center on Caregiving
June 9, 2010
Volume X, Number 11
| IN THIS ISSUE|
State Legislation, Policy & Reports
- Three Papers on Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports More...
- California: Report Examines Hospital Readmissions More...
Federal Legislation, Policy & Reports
- House Fails to Increase Federal Medicaid Funding for States, Bill Considered in Senate More...
- Australia: "Alzheimer's Sufferers to Quadruple" More...
- Canada: Federal Liberal Leader Recognizes Family Caregivers More...
Research Reports & Journal Articles
- Report: Changing the Trajectory of Alzheimer's Disease More...
- Study: Dementia Spousal Caregivers More Likely to Get Dementia More...
Conferences & Trainings
- Aging in America Conference 2011 Call for Proposals More...
Funding, Media & Miscellaneous
- FCA Launches a Blog More...
- Federal Funding Opportunities from Administration on Aging More...
- "Spouses Face Challenges in Caring for Themselves and Their Ailing Partners" More...
Three Papers on Medicaid Long-Term Services and
The Center for Health
Care Strategies recently released three documents as part of their Innovations in the Medicaid Continuum of Care series, which
was developed to help state and federal policymakers identify high-quality and
cost-effective strategies for addressing the full range of clinical and
long-term supports and services (LTSS) needs of Medicaid beneficiaries. The reports include: "Systems of Care:
Environmental Scan of Medicaid-Funded Long-Term Supports and Services;"
"Medicaid-Funded Long-Term Supports and Services: Snapshots of
Innovation," which presents an array of alternatives for reforming the
delivery of LTSS; and a policy brief called "Medicaid-Funded Long-Term
Care: Toward More Home and Community Based Options." For more information, visit:
"Environmental Scan of Medicaid-Funded Long-Term Supports and Services"
"Snapshots of Innovation"
Policy Brief: "Toward More Home and Community Based Options"
California: Report Examines Hospital Readmissions
The California Office
of Statewide Health Planning and Development recently released a report on
hospital readmissions based on data from 2005 and 2006. The report reveals that more than one-third
of the 1.7 million patients admitted to the hospital had at least one
readmission during the 365 days following discharge. In addition, it found that patients on
Medicare or Medicaid were more likely than patients with private insurance to
be readmitted, and that readmission was more likely for patients initially
admitted for a problem stemming from chronic conditions. The report notes that many of these costly
readmissions could have been avoided with better quality care. For more information, visit:Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development
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House Fails to Increase Federal Medicaid Funding for
States, Bill Considered in Senate|
On May 28, 2010, the
House passed the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010 (H.R.
4213) without an expected extension
of additional Medicaid funds to states.
This could make already tough budget situations in the states much
worse, as many states were depending on this funding to help balance their
budgets. Such a move could result in a
further decrease in services for older adults, children and other disadvantaged
populations. The bill is being
considered in the Senate this week, where the funding could be restored. For more information, visit:
New York Times
Australia: "Alzheimer's Sufferers to Quadruple"
An Access Economics
study commissioned by Alzheimer's Australia
revealed that the number of adults with dementia in Victoria will increase by 275% over the next
forty years, from about 66,000 in 2010 to 246,000 in 2050. The report explains that that increase will
be driven largely by population growth and ageing baby boomers. Alzheimer's Australia is advocating for more
funding for diagnosis, quality care and prevention. For more information, visit:
The Sydney Morning-Herald
Canada: Federal Liberal Leader
Recognizes Family Caregivers
The leader of the federal
Liberal party in Canada,
Michael Ignatieff, recently acknowledged the contributions of family caregivers
and the need for the country to be more compassionate and do more to help
families care for loved ones at home.
The Canadian Caregiver Coalition applauded the comments and thanked the
Liberal party for recognizing that the federal government has an important role
to play in supporting caregiving families.
For more information, visit:
Canadian Caregiver Coalition
Report: Changing the Trajectory of Alzheimer's
Association released a report in May 2010 called Changing the Trajectory of Alzheimer's Disease: A National Imperative. The report examines the current projections
and costs associated with the Alzheimer crisis, as well as what Medicare and
Medicaid savings are possible if disease modifying treatments were available.
It reveals that, from 2010 to 2050, the total costs of care for Americans age
65 and older with Alzheimer's disease will increase five-fold, from $172
billion to $1.08 trillion per year, including out-of-pocket costs to caregiving
families. For more information, visit:
Spousal Caregivers More Likely to Get Dementia
An article in the May
2010 issue of the Journal of the American
Geriatrics Society (Volume 58, Issue 5) reveals that spousal caregivers of
people with dementia are more likely than noncaregivers to get dementia
themselves. The study followed 1,221
married couples aged 65 and older in Utah. The authors conclude that "the chronic
and often severe stress associated with dementia caregiving may exert
substantial risk for the development of dementia in spouse
caregivers." The journal also includes
an editorial by Peter P.Vitaliano, Ph.D. about the "ironic tragedy" of the
study's findings. To read
"Greater Risk of Dementia When Spouse Has Dementia? The Cache County
Study" by Dr. Maria Norton and colleagues, visit:
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
CNN: "Can caring make you sick?"
Aging in America Conference 2011 Call for Proposals|
The American Society
on Aging (ASA) is calling for proposals for its 2011 Aging in America
Conference, to be held April 26-30 in San
can request 90-minute, 60-minute or poster sessions with up to six
presenters. The Aging in America
conference is the largest gathering of a diverse, multidisciplinary community
of professionals from the fields of aging, healthcare and education. The deadline to submit a proposal is June 30,
2010. For more information, visit:
Aging in America Conference
FCA Launches a Blog|
Alliance recently launched a new blog to cover news, trends and issues that are
relevant to family caregiving. FCA staff
will write about issues they are most passionate about: emerging public policy,
excellence in caregiver interventions, recognition of family caregivers in the
media and across programs and services, new research and treatment trends for
those with chronic care conditions, advocacy for quality care and inclusion of
family members in the care team, and more.
All are invited to join the conversations. For more information, visit:
Family Caregiver Alliance
Opportunities from Administration on Aging
Administration on Aging (AoA) is now accepting applications for two new funding
opportunities: (1) AoA will be awarding $2.9 million, spread out over three
years, to an organization to establish a National Aging Civic Engagement
Technical Center. The deadline to apply
is June 25, 2010. (2) AoA and the
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will be awarding $60 million
in Affordable Care Act grants to states and communities to help individuals and
their caregivers better understand and navigate their health and long-term care
options. The purpose of this new grant program is to create streamlined,
coordinated statewide systems of information, counseling, and access that will
help people find consumer-friendly answers to meet their health and long-term
care needs. The deadline to apply is July 30, 2010. For more information, visit:
Administration on Aging
"Spouses Face Challenges in Caring for Themselves
and Their Ailing Partners"
An article published
in the Washington Post on May 25,
2010 and drawn from Kaiser Health News
highlights the challenges older spouses face in caring for their partners,
especially when they have their own age-related health concerns to deal
with. The article notes that spousal
caregivers are often reluctant to seek outside help, even from their adult
children, and therefore often face more adverse consequences to their own
health due to the stress. For more
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