Economic stimulus package
Analyst, Avalere Health
Medicare cost survey
offers funds for IT, housing
By Liza Berger Other components of the
Q: What was unexpected from your The American Recovery and package include an allotment
Reinvestment Act of 2009, of $19 billion to ensure wide-
report for the SCAN Foundation?
which the president signed spread adoption and use of
A: We were surprised to see the extent into law last month, provides interoperable health informa-
Photo: Ofﬁce of the Senator
to which elderly with severe disabilities desired funding for long-term tion technology among health-
consume a much higher amount of care providers. care providers. This includes $2
medical care resources—4.5 times The most obvious ﬁnancial billion in discretionary funds
more—when compared to people with- take-away is a 6.2% increase and $17 billion for investments
out disabilities. This is the ﬁrst time data in the Federal Medical Assis- and incentives through Medi-
tance Percentage (FMAP), Sen. Olympia Snowe was one care and Medicaid.
has explicitly shown the connection of just three Republicans to
which translates into $87 bil- Another part of the package
between having difﬁculty performing vote in favor of the stimulus bill,
lion in additional funding to is a new program to upgrade
daily activities and high medical costs. narrowly allowing passage.
Medicaid programs. HUD-sponsored low-income
“W hi le we are d isap- for America’s seniors,” said housing to increase energy efﬁ-
Q: Any vivid examples of funding pointed a provision to pre- Alan Rosenbloom, president ciency, including new insula-
disconnects? vent FMAP funds from being and CEO of the Alliance for tion, windows and frames.
diverted is not in the bill, Quality Nursing Home Care, The law also includes an
A: Research shows that hospice
the package now before the in a statement prior to Con- investment of $8.5 billion in
lengths of stay from 2000 to 2005 took Congress is excellent news gress’s vote. biomedical research. ■
double-digit leaps for those suffering
from Alzheimer’s disease and senile
Movable platform may help prevent falls
dementia, suggesting that the Medicare
hospice beneﬁt may be addressing a
shortfall in long-term care services.
By Brett Bakshis group of seven who had trained group's ﬁrst training
Q: Why do you say healthcare fund- Training people to avoid falls not used the platform. Both