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Care for people in my hometown of Humansville, Missouri, population 900, could be an extension of systems in place now.
That is in addition to mandated nursing home care for veterans in need of such care for a service-connected disability and those needing nursing home care with service-connected disabilities rated 70 percent or above.
The same system reminds doctors to prescribe appropriate care for patients when they leave the hospital, such as beta blockers for heart attack victims, or eye exams for diabetics.
A discussion of universal protection is included in the article to illuminate the observation that reliable and expansive health care for persons with disabilities can facilitate entry or reentry to paid employment.
Access to all medically necessary and appropriate care for all individuals.
To become competitive and fight for their share of the trillion-dollar health care market, African-American providers must: (1) convert their businesses from a fee-for-service base to preventive, routine and/or maintenance care for a set fee; (2) build strategic alliances and group partnerships with other physicians and health care entrepreneurs to increase the size, number of locations and range of specialties of their practices; (3) reduce administrative costs by investing in technology that cuts billing expense and time; and (4) adopt a clearly defined strategy for marketing their services to HMOs and insurers, patients and their employers to get their names on managed care rolls.
Instead of blaming patients, we should be focusing on ways to improve the quality, safety and coordination of care for these high-cost patients, and make providing the right care easy and rewarding.
However, it is clear that VA alone cannot possibly provide nursing home care for all of the veterans projected to need this care over the next decade.
The policy's purpose was to reduce the financial burden of long-term care on low-income households, just as the child-care tax credit is designed to reduce the burden of child care for families who need it.
But the home care for which these original long-term-care policies paid benefits was limited to skilled care and personal care.