Source: SCAN Foundation, December 2008
- The majority of Medicaid spending is on services for long-term care users. Health reform efforts can target the healthcare needs of this population in order to strengthen Medicaid for the future.
- Some Medicare post-acute care services may fill-in for long-term care needs. Reform efforts can consider the long-term care needs of the Medicare population in order to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of these services.
- Medicare and Medicaid spending for dual eligibles is largely uncoordinated and unmanaged. Innovative reform efforts can coordinate and manage these services to improve quality and reduce costs.
- A significant amount of long-term care is privately financed and provided by informal caregivers. Reform efforts can leverage, rather than replace, these private contributions.