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ERIC Number: EJ876657
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0016-9013
Reforming Long-Term Care in the United States: Findings from a National Survey of Specialists
Miller, Edward Alan; Mor, Vincent; Clark, Melissa
Gerontologist, v50 n2 p238-252 Apr 2010
Purpose: Theories of the policy process recognize that policy proposals are typically generated, debated, redrafted, and accepted for consideration through the gradual accumulation of knowledge within communities of specialists. Thus, to inform long-term care (LTC) reform efforts, we conducted a Web-based survey of 1,147 LTC specialists nationwide. Design and Methods: Survey respondents included consumer advocates, provider representatives, public officials, policy experts, and others with experience in LTC. Administration took place between September 2007 and March 2008 and addressed prevailing challenges and options for reform. Results: Although differences could be discerned, constituency group views converged in several areas. There was general agreement that LTC financing needed to be socialized more and that impediments to organizational change needed to be overcome. Respondents also felt that LTC needed to be rebalanced toward home- and community-based settings, though few supported doing so by limiting nursing home (NH) bed supply. Although virtually all felt that the federal government was doing a poor job regulating LTC providers, most believed that the approaches used to oversee NHs should also be applied to assisted living. Payment incentives were highlighted as the most effective strategy for improving quality even though it suffers from the same informational deficits compromising consumer reporting. Implications: By giving voice to those who know LTC very well, and identifying areas of agreement and disagreement, this study should prove useful in promoting LTC reform where it might otherwise remain politically intransigent.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States