New model promises better-quality, lower-cost care for the elderly

02/27/2014 | Forbes

More than 20 states are in some stage of adopting a health care model for elderly patients that coordinates medical and long-term care. Studies have shown that the managed long-term supports and services model offers better care at lower cost than conventional long-term care, but only if implemented correctly, writes Howard Gleckman, a resident fellow at The Urban Institute. The MLTSS model involves states turning over responsibility for a patient's health to managed care organizations, whether insurance companies or health systems, that forge partnerships among hospitals, doctors, case managers, home health care agencies and long-term care facilities.

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