PODCAST: Medicare and Nursing Home / Long Term Care

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Financing LONG-TERM CARE Needs?

AGING AND RETIREMENT

Long-term care (LTC) may not be the first thing individuals or couples think about as they approach retirement, but the costs for those who needs it can disrupt and derail retirement security. A good plan for long-term care requires many decisions over an extended period of time, and well before retirement.

In this article, Milliman consultant Robert Eaton discusses the major considerations and options for financing LTC needs in retirement.

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Selecting an Assisted-Living Facility

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Thousands of boarding homes cater to the elderly. Their operators promise to provide at least a place to sleep and food to eat. Beyond that, the services and assistance offered will vary from facility to facility. This checklist will help the financial planner or his or her client find a facility that is appropriate in all respects to the client’s resources and needs. Unlike nursing homes, assisted-living facilities often operate without any scrutiny from public agencies. Furthermore, Medicaid often will not be a source of funds.

The Checklist

The items the financial planner and client should consider when selecting a facility are listed below.

      1.   Determine the client’s willingness to live in a group environment.

      2.   Avoid unlicensed facilities, particularly if Medicaid-provided services may be needed in the future.

      3.   Review the facility’s inspection report.

      4.   Review the facility’s service contract and house rules. Look for answers to the following questions:

            a.         Where will the resident live?

                        Are there any types of ownership rights?

                        What flexibility is there with respect to furnishings?

                        Will the same unit be available after a hospital stay?

            b.         What meals are included?

                        Will the facility provide appropriate meals and a special diet?

            c.         What form of transportation does the resident currently use?

                        What transportation is provided by the facility?

                        Can residents shop, dine, attend services or visit doctors?

            d.         What help does the facility provide during a medical emergency?

                        What type of staff training is provided or required? Is there 24-                        hour-a-day staffing?

            e.         What provisions are there for privacy? When are rooms cleaned and when can staff access the rooms?

            f.          What is the basic cost and what are the costs for extras?

                        What is included in each?

                        What provisions for fee increases are there?

            g.         Can a resident see his or her own doctor?

                        Does the facility offer transportation for appointments?

            h.         Who’s in charge of administering and scheduling medication?

                        Can medication and other supplies be purchased at the facility?

            i.          What happens if the resident’s health begins to fail?

                        Does the facility provide additional services to help with ADLs?

            j.          What is the procedure for transfers from one unit to another?

                        Does the resident have any opportunity to express an opinion?

            k.         What’s required if a contract is terminated by facility or resident?

                        What is the provision with respect to refunded fees?

                        Is there a required minimum stay?

Assessment

What have we missed?

Conclusion

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Publisher-in-Chief

dem25As Editor-in-Chief of a two volume – 1,200 pages – premium quarterly print journal, I am often asked about our mission statement; or the journal’s raison d’etra.

A Two-Volume Guide

As so, Healthcare Organizations: [Financial Management Strategies], with its quarterly updates, will promote and integrate academic and applied research, and serve as a multi-disciplined communications forum for the dissemination of financial, managerial, business and related economic information to decision makers in hospitals, outpatient centers, clinics, medical practices and all mature and emerging healthcare organizations. 

Target Market and Ideal Reader

Healthcare Organizations [Financial Management Strategies] and its quarterly updates should be in the hands of all:

* CFOs, CEOs, COOs, CTOs, VPs and CIOs from every type of hospital and healthcare organization including: public, federal, state, Veteran’s Administration and Indian Health Services hospitals; district, rural, long-term care and community hospitals; specialty, children’s and rehabilitation hospitals; diagnostic imaging centers and laboratories; private, religious-sponsored, and psychiatric institutions.

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Assessment

After publication, my suggestion is to read, study and act upon the guide in this way:

1. First, browse through the entire text.

2. Next, slowly read those chapters and sections that are of specific interest to your professional efforts.

3. Then, extrapolate portions that can be implemented in specific strategies helpful to your healthcare setting.

4. Finally, use its’ ME-P updates as a reference manual to return to time and time again; and enjoy!

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Transforming Home Health Care Services

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According to its website, ENURGI is a revolutionary web-based healthcare services company that connects families and patients in need, with local clinical caregivers across the country.

Online Empowerment

ENURGI allows patients, family members and caregivers to independently manage the care process through on-line scheduling, messaging, referral and direct payment transactions.

A Caregiver Database

ENURGI’s goal is to transform the delivery of home health care services across the country. It is the first web-based company to aggregate and create a clinical caregiver database for families and patients in need of home health care to access and connect with.

Assessment

By harnessing the power of technology, ENURGI has accumulated over 1,000,000 clinicians within its caregiver database for families/patients in need to access when seeking a licensed clinician, certified nurses aide or home health aide.

Link: http://www.enurgi.com

Conclusion

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Superannuation Demographics and LTCI

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“PAYING TO AGE”

  • By Dr. David Edward Marcinko; MBA, MEd CMP™
  • By Thomas A. Muldowney; MSFS, CLU, ChFC, CFP®, AIF®, CMP™
  • By Hope Rachel Hetico; RN, MHA, CPHQ™, CMP™ 

According to the US Bureau of the Census, there were almost 49 million people in the United States who were over age 60 in 2001. There are approximately 4,000,000 people over the age of 85 living in the US and there are over 60,000 people older than age 100 estimated as of July 1st 2004. For every 100 middle aged people in the US there at present about 114 persons over the age of 65. This statistic will change as we move forward through time. In the year 2025, there will be about 253 people over age 65 for every 100 middle aged people. Today, there are more than 55 million over age 60.

The Ticking Clock

Beginning on January 1st, 2006 at midnight and every 12 seconds thereafter for fifteen years, a baby boomer will have a birthday and cross over the age threshold of age 60. In the next 30 years, the 60+ age group will more than double, becoming 25 percent of the total population, and will have to be supported by a proportionately smaller workforce.  Research published in June 2005 by AARP (based on data from 2002) estimates that: “In 2002, roughly $140 Billion was spent on nursing home and home health care, with 24% of these costs being paid out of pocket (O’Brien and Elias, 2004)

Baby Boomers

As the baby boom generation ages, their care needs will expand precipitously. Add to this, scientific and technological improvements in healthcare. These very same people will need more expensive healthcare, more expensive custodial care and they will need it for an even longer period of time. Who will pay for this expanded need is not so clear. What is clear is that it will take money and lots of it to make these payments.

Financial Variables

There are only three variables associated with the accumulation or preservation of money:  “Time, Money and Rate of Return.”  Time is reduced to the following two questions “How long until I will need my money?” and “How long will I live?” an uncertainty to be sure.  Rate of return is either a function of the financial markets or the successful maintenance of an LTC plan. Because of the volatility in the financial markets, the “money” question is equally as uncertain.  In order to accumulate sufficient assets a client must ‘tradeoff’ many other alternatives such as ‘lifestyle.”

Assessment

What is certain is this…financial planning is important.  More important is the implementation or funding of an accumulation strategy or a Long-Term-Care [LTC] investment strategy to overcome these hurdles.

Conclusion

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