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PA Long-Term Care Commission seeks public input

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In January, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett issued an Executive Order establishing the Pennsylvania Long-Term Care Commission. 

The Commission is tasked with developing recommendations focused on improving the current long-term care system, including identifying effective ways to provide a better coordinated approach to delivering services and support, and ensuring quality health care for older Pennsylvanians and individuals with physical disabilities.

The Governor appointed 25 individuals to be members of the Commission. Secretary of Public Welfare Beverly Mackereth and Secretary of Aging Brian Duke serve as its co-chairs. The commission will have until December to complete its evaluation and report its findings to the Governor. 

Public Meetings and Comments

Over the next several months, the Commission will be convening a series of public input meetings throughout the Commonwealth. Interested persons may attend these meetings and offer their input on the current long-term care system and how it can be improved. The Commission will publish notices in the Pennsylvania Bulletin announcing the location, date and time of meetings as they are scheduled.

While the Commission will accept all comments, the Commission is particularly interested in receiving feedback on the following topics:

•                 Prevention and Caregiver Support: What services, supports and other activities are currently available or should be provided to consumers and their caregivers to improve health and well-being, prevent or delay nursing facility admissions and enable consumers to remain in their own homes as long as possible?

•                 Accessibility: How do consumers currently obtain privately and publically funded long-term services and supports and how could the process, including intake and assessment, be improved to provide better access to individuals and families who need those services and supports? What is the capacity of the health care system to meet the growing number and needs within long-term care?

•                 Provision of service: What should be done to improve coordination of social, medical and long-term care services within the long-term care continuum? What are best practices in care coordination? What changes should be made to promote a person-centered system for the delivery of long-term care services?

•                 Quality Outcomes and Measurement: What measures are currently being taken, or should be adopted, to monitor the quality and cost-effectiveness of long-term care services and supports? What information and data is, or should be, collected and used to measure quality of care and to promote and improve health outcomes for consumers?

Registering for a Public Meeting                                      

If you intend to provide verbal comments at one of the upcoming public meetings, you must register to attend the meeting two business days prior to the meeting. Registration is not required for persons attending to listen, but the Commission is requesting those interested in attending register to help ensure there is adequate seating. If there are capacity limitations, priority will be given to those who have registered to attend.

To register to present verbal comments or to attend the public meeting, please go to the registration page and follow the registration instructions. You may also register by calling 717-425-5719 or 1-800-654-5984 (TDD users) with your name and telephone number.

If you intend to present verbal comments at the public meeting, your comments will be limited to five minutes to allow others time to share their comments. To assist the Commission in accurately capturing verbal comment, individuals are asked to submit a written copy of their comments by emailing them or mailing them to address noted below.

If you cannot attend the public meetings but would still like to provide input to the Commission, the Commission will be accepting written comments and feedback through June 27, 2014. Please feel free to submit your written comments and feedback via email at:

ra-LTCCommission@pa.gov 

or via US mail at PO Box 2675, Attn: OLTL POLICY, Harrisburg, PA 17105.