Dually Noted from around the web

May 1, 2015 § Leave a comment

Articles, commentary, research, and more from the past week

Growth in senior population spurs demand for direct-care workers
The Atlantic looks at the lack of direct-care workers to care for America’s growing senior population. The publication reports that demand for direct-care workers will grow by 37 percent by 2022.  At the same time, demand for entry-level personal care aids will grow by 49 percent. Despite the need, low pay and poor professional standards are pushing away potential workers.

Gains for “patient and family advisory councils”
On its blog, Health Care for All lauds the growing popularity of “patient and family advisory councils” (PFACs), which engage families in care decisions and improve the patient experience. In Massachusetts, PFACs have been mandated in all acute-care and rehabilitation hospitals since 2010. Today, there are more than 90 PFACs in the state.

Strong push by Obama administration to expand Medicaid
Obama administration officials are taking “a new, tougher stance … to persuade Republican-led states to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.” As part of the effort, the administration has threatened to deny Medicaid supplemental funding for uncompensated individuals to states that do not expand Medicaid. Currently, that threat is the subject of fierce debate in states that have decided to not expand Medicaid under the ACA, like Florida, Texas, Kansas, and Tennessee.

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