Panel suggests ways to improve long-term care

09/16/2013 | Kaiser Health News

Members of a panel appointed to study the long-term-care system could not arrive at consensus on how to make it more affordable, but they did suggest eliminating a Medicare requirement that beneficiaries be admitted to a hospital before receiving coverage for nursing home care. The panel also recommended requiring criminal-background checks for staff at long-term facilities, broadening rules to allow more providers to offer medical services and using technology to exchange data. Some recommended creation of a national insurance program to help cover long-term-care expenses and covering more services through Medicare.

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