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Sep 16, 2011

New York Times Editorial: "Bad Grades on Long-Term Care"

A New York Times editorial, “Bad Grades on Long-Term Care,” discusses the Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) State Scorecard, published by The Commonwealth Fund, AARP, and The SCAN Foundation.

“New York’s poor marks on the quality of care delivered and quality of life provided are especially disturbing. The state ranked 44th in the percentage of high-risk nursing home patients who develop bed sores, which is often a measure of neglectful care. It ranked 50th in the percentage of home health patients and 28th in the percentage of nursing home patients who were sent to the hospital, which is often considered an indicator of inadequate care in the system.

New York does an exemplary job (second best) at enrolling low-income disabled adults in Medicaid, a testament to the state’s outreach efforts. And it ranked high in per capita supply of home health and personal care workers, and in low turnover rates among nursing home attendants. On some indicators, like employment of disabled adults, it was in the middle of the pack.”

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Sep 16, 2011