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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.


  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.


  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.


  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.


  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.


  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.


  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.