Picking Up the Pace of Improving Long-Term Services and Supports
With changing demographics and rising costs, states have a keen interest in improving long-term services and supports (LTSS) for older adults, people with disabilities and family caregivers. LTSS include a broad range of day-to-day supports needed by people with chronic health conditions and challenges with daily living activities. As Medicaid is the single largest payer of LTSS, policymakers also have concern for its impact on state budgets.
The SCAN Foundation created the Pacesetter Prize in 2017 to identify states making significant progress in improving LTSS. Using data from the AARP LTSS State Scorecard, four states were recognized in the following dimensions:
- Affordability and Access (Vermont)
- Choice of Setting and Provider (Wisconsin)
- Support for Family Caregivers (Minnesota)
- Effective Transitions (New York)
This prize recognizes states actively building a high-quality infrastructure for aging Americans and helps states learn best practices from each other.
The LTSS State Scorecard—a tool created by AARP, The Commonwealth Fund, and The SCAN Foundation—aims to “pick up the pace” of improving LTSS by providing comparable state data to benchmark performance, measure progress, and identify areas for improvement. To learn more about these promising practices, look for the forthcoming brief "Improving Systems of Long-Term Services and Supports: Case Studies from Four States" in February 2018.
Source: AARP: 2017 Long-Term Services and Supports State Scorecard.
The SCAN Foundation: Pacesetter Prize.
The LTSS State Scorecard—created by AARP, The Commonwealth Fund and The SCAN Foundation—showcases state performance for creating a high-quality system of long-term care. It measures 25 indicators across five dimensions: affordability and access; choice of setting and provider; quality of life and quality of care; support for family caregivers; and effective transitions between care settings or providers. First quartile indicates higher state scores.