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Blog: Meeting the Demand for Long-Term Services

In this blog post, The Commonwealth Fund's Caryn Marks, Megan Keenan, and Mary Jane Koren, M.D., discuss an Alliance for Health Reform/Commonwealth Fund briefing on opportunities and challenges in the long-term care system. The briefing highlighted findings from the State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports, published last month by The Commonwealth Fund in partnership with AARP's Public Policy Institute and The SCAN Foundation. Noting the increased demand for services, the authors say that "it is increasingly important not only to improve these services but also to facilitate independence for patients who would rather stay in their own homes than live in nursing homes or other facilities."

Also see the video and additional resources from an October 3 briefing, held by the Alliance for Health Reform and The Commonwealth Fund, for 200 congressional staff and other stakeholders on the scorecard and ways to strengthen the long-term services and support system for elderly and disabled Americans.

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