Prescription America

 

  Need to Know, March 8, 2013: The long-term care challenge

On this week’s Need to Know, Karla Murthy reports from California about one family dealing with the emotional and financial stresses of caring for a chronically ill parent.

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  The long view

More than 10 million people in the United States already have long-term health care needs, and that number is only going to grow as baby boomers and their parents live longer.

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  Right at home

The small state of Rhode Island may have found an innovative way to save money while providing better care with better results. They’re paying loved ones – like family members – to stay at home and take care of the elderly.

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  Interview: Robyn Stone

Robyn Stone served in the Clinton White House as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Disability, Aging and Long-term Care Policy and is now the Executive Director of the Leading Age Center for Applied Research. Find out more about long-term care and other pressing medical issues from the series Prescription America.

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  Frequent fliers

The new policy is designed to combat “excess readmissions.” It went into effect this past October as part of the Affordable Care Act – meant to save the government more than a quarter billion dollars just over the next year.

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  Interview: Dr. Michael Sparer

Dr. Michael Sparer is Professor and Department Chair of Health Policy and Management at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

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  American Voices: Lynn Reichgott

Being able to age in place is being able to stay in your home in the community where you live or where you choose to live.