60 SECONDS WITH... Anne Tumlinson

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                                                                       Economic stimulus package
Anne Tumlinson
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-




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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              
				
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