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Minn., Wash., Ore. tops in long-term care, report says


By Paul Barr
Posted: September 8, 2011 - 12:01 am ET
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Minnesota, Washington and Oregon provide the best long-term services and support for older adults, people with physical disabilities and family caregivers, and Mississippi provided the worst followed by Alabama and West Virginia, according to a new state scorecard report from the Commonwealth Fund, AARP and the Scan Foundation.

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The scorecard, called Raising Expectations, is designed to create a baseline for improvement in long-term care across all states, according to authors of the report, speaking at a teleconference. “Even the very best states have considerable room for improvement,” said Dr. Mary Jane Koren, vice president of long-term care quality improvement for the Commonwealth Fund. They noted that the report is about more than just nursing homes and includes such things as home healthcare.

The authors also want the report to spur states to collect better data on long-term care, as significant gaps were found. “Most critically, an important characteristic of a high-performing (long-term services and support) system identified by the scorecard team—how well states ensure effective transitions between hospitals, nursing homes and home-care settings and how well LTSS are coordinated with primary care, acute care, and social services—cannot be adequately measured with currently available data,” according to the report.


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