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Real gridlock: The LTC commission

A post mortem

(NLM History of Medicine image)
(NLM History of Medicine image)

By now we are all familiar with the origins of the federal Commission on Long-Term Care (LTC).

Established by Congress as part of its Jan. 2 "fiscal cliff" deal, the commission arose literally as CLASS was being repealed. Tasked with advising Congress how to reform our nation's access to, delivery of, and funding for long-term care, the 15-member bipartisan panel just released its findings last month.

Had commission members gotten that done, the proposal would have had to be introduced in the U.S. House and Senate.

On the other hand, it was easy to reach consensus on softball topics such as eliminating Medicare's onerous three-day prior hospital stay requirement (which private long-term care insurance (LTCI) eliminated over 15 years ago), calling for background checks on LTC workers, ensuring that family caregivers are included in the planning process, or grandstanding for increased use of technology.

As I've written in the past, words are powerful framing instruments.

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