COVID-19: the Time for Collaboration Between Long-Term Services and Supports, Health Care Systems, and Public Health is Now
The Milbank Quarterly
Policy Points To address systemic problems amplified by COVID-19, we need to restructure US long-term services and supports (LTSS) as they relate to both the health care systems and public health systems. We present both near-term and long-term policy solutions. Seven near-term policy recommendations include requiring the uniform public reporting of COVID-19 cases in all LTSS settings; identifying and supporting unpaid caregivers; bolstering protections for the direct care workforce; increasing coordination between public health departments and LTSS agencies and providers; enhancing collaboration and communication across health, LTSS, and public health systems; further reducing barriers to telehealth in LTSS; and providing incentives to care for vulnerable populations. Long-term reform should focus on comprehensive workforce development, comprehensive LTSS financing reform, and the creation of an age-friendly public health system.
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DAWSON, W. A. L. T. E. R. D., BOUCHER, N. A. T. H. A. N. A., STONE, R. O. B. Y. N., & VAN HOUTVEN, C. O. U. R. T. N. E. Y. H. (2021). COVID‐19: The Time for Collaboration Between Long‐Term Services and Supports, Health Care Systems, and Public Health Is Now. The Milbank Quarterly, 1468–0009.12500. https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-0009.12500