Reforming Long-Term Care with Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Reforming Long-Term Care with Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Proceedings of an Urban Institute Roundtable

Abstract

In October 2020, the Urban Institute hosted a roundtable of leading experts to discuss how the US cares for older adults in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants highlighted key areas for reform and identified potential improvements. These included redesigning Medicaid; creating a strong foundation for home- and community-based services; integrating medical care and long-term services and supports; enhancing pay, benefits, and training for direct-care workers; focusing on the quality of life of frail older adults and younger people with severe disabilities along the full continuum of care; reimagining nursing homes; recognizing racial disparities in the risk of needing care and the delivery of high-quality care; and improving data collection.

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Cross-Center Initiative

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