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Medicare to Cover End-of-Life Counseling

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a ruling in July 2015 to pay doctors to counsel patients about end-of-life care or “advance care planning,” a term meant to reflect that people should make their end-of-life wishes known as early as when they get a driver’s license and should reevaluate their decisions at different stages of life. The ruling cites the IOM report Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life, which discussed vulnerabilities in the current health care system related particularly to those who are approaching the end of life, and states that one of the largest barriers in providing efficient, quality end-of-life care is the lack of coordination and communication among different components of the health care system.

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The Eldercare Workforce Alliance Addresses Shortages in Elder Care

The Eldercare Workforce Alliance, a coalition of 25 leading organizations representing older adults and the eldercare workforce, held its founding meeting during the first week of February 2009. The Alliance was formed in direct response to a report released in the spring of 2008 by the Institute of Medicine, Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce, which concluded that America's eldercare workforce is dangerously understaffed and unprepared to care for the rapidly growing number of older adults in the U.S.

Report at a Glance

  • Fact Sheet (PDF)
  • Report Brief (PDF)
  • Report Brief (Spanish): Preparandonos para una America que Envejece: Construyendo la Fuerza Laboral del Cuidado Medico (PDF)
  • Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce (PDF)
  • Statement of John W. Rowe, M.D. Before the Senate Special Committee on Aging (PDF)
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Federal Nursing Home Reform Act Creates National Standards for Nursing Homes

The recommendations from the 1986 IOM report Improving the Quality of Care in Nursing Homes were translated into the Federal Nursing Home Reform Act, for the first time creating national standards of care and rights for people living in nursing homes.

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