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Bruce A. Chernof, MD, FACP, is president and Chief Executive Officer of The SCAN Foundation, advancing aging with independence, choice, and dignity. The SCAN Foundation is one of the largest foundations in the United States focused entirely on improving the quality of health and life for seniors.

Entries by Dr. Bruce A. Chernof, MD

Transforming the System of Care for Older Adults: The Affordable Care Act, Five Years Later

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 12:01 PM

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has endured its share of controversy, facing both legal challenges and implementation difficulties. Even with these struggles, the ACA has created landmark improvements to our health care delivery system. Before the ACA, many Americans lacked access to affordable health insurance; today, over 16 million previously...

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Defining the Business Case for Targeted Care Coordination

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 6:19 PM

There is an old story about a man, who having lost his car keys in the dark, looks under the lamppost for them because that's where the light is -- and of course, doesn't find the keys. This story plays out in healthcare too, where health plans use easily available...

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California Ranks 9th in the Country in LTSS 50-state Scorecard

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 10:47 AM

As a physician, I've witnessed firsthand the plight of so many families whose lives are thrown into turmoil as an older parent or grandparent takes a fall, suffers an injury and experiences a sudden health decline. Without warning, families find themselves at the epicenter of a completely fragmented long-term care...

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Quality Care As a Driver for Health System Change

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 10:22 AM

Quality measurement in health care has always been difficult and expensive. In my 30 years in medicine, the focus has been geared more towards measuring outcomes from an acute care perspective rather than quality from the point of view of the individual. For example, documenting hemoglobin A1C levels or body...

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Knowing When to Ask For Help Is Key to Aging with Dignity and Independence

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 12:49 PM

You never know when you or someone you love might need daily help, such as assistance getting groceries, help with transportation or round the clock care, all of which require planning and coordination. The first step is to build a plan that preserves your dignity, choice and independence....

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10 Things You Should Know About Aging With Dignity

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 5:06 AM

The American public is aging, and 70 percent of Americans over the age of 65 will require some form of long-term care, on average for three years. In spite of this stark reality, the majority of Americans are not prepared to shoulder the costs of long-term care needs. As a...

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INFOGRAPHIC: Californians vs. Americans on Aging

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 12:28 PM

Statewide and national polling conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research with support from The SCAN Foundation, finds that Californians age 40 and older are more concerned about a range of aging issues and substantially more supportive of government initiatives to address long-term...

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Caregiver Skills, Emotional Bond and Safety Are Keys to Satisfaction with Long-Term Care

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 11:28 AM

When it comes to aging with dignity and independence, the enduring dilemma of how people and society should pay for needed long-term care services often grabs the spotlight. But when money is not a primary focus, what are the most important elements to determine whether people are satisfied with the...

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INFOGRAPHIC: 1 in 4 Americans Are Not Prepared to Pay for Long-Term Care

(3) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 11:36 AM

Long-term care is support provided to older people and adults with disabilities who cannot perform these activities on their own due to a physical, cognitive or chronic health condition that is expected to continue for an extended period of time. These services, which can be extremely expensive, include human assistance,...

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Health Care for 1972?

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 3:21 PM

Growing older with health care and support needs is a "people" issue, not a partisan one. As the entitlement debate rages on and the health care system evolves, the bottom line remains that there needs to be more affordable and accessible options for all people who need long-term care. This...

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Creating Realistic Long-Term Care Solutions As Part of the Entitlement Reform Debate

(1) Comments | Posted January 11, 2013 | 11:04 AM

Great struggles sometimes result in unexpected opportunities. In the waning moments of 2012, Congress remained in session to bridge partisan divides and solve the fiscal cliff impasse with the passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA), which is now signed into law. However, ATRA achieved policy change...

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10 Things You Can Do To Support Aging With Dignity And Independence

(1) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 1:50 PM

The face of American society is changing with people living longer than ever before. Yet right
now our nation lacks a system of care and support that enables older adults to age with dignity,
independence, and choice in the face of increasing health and daily needs. Vulnerable older...

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10 Things Every Family Should Know About Aging with Dignity and Independence

(1) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 2:13 PM

Aging with dignity and independence is the ability to live life to its fullest in the place you call home, regardless of age, illness or disability. This ideal is important because many Americans have loved ones who are aging, whether it is a spouse, neighbor, parent or other family member....

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Synergy for Senior Care: Improving Partnerships Between Medical Services and Community-Based Care

(1) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 4:40 PM

Too often, vulnerable older adults are left to fend for themselves when it comes to transitioning from the hospital to the next appropriate care setting. Stories abound of people being shipped back and forth from the hospital to temporary care to their homes and back to the hospital again when...

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California's Pressing Need For Long-Term Care System Transformation

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 3:08 PM

It's been said that as goes California, so goes the nation. Right now, Californians are not prepared to grow old. A recent poll of voters in the state over the age of 40 shows that nearly half will need long-term care for a close family member within the...

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10 Resources to Help Prepare for Aging With Dignity and Independence

(1) Comments | Posted June 29, 2012 | 3:33 PM

Three out of four people over the age of 65 will need some form of help with everyday activities when they get older, from assistance with activities like cooking or transportation to round the clock care. Depending on where you live, there are a variety of services and supports nearby...

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ACA Decision: Moving Ahead on Health Care Transformation

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 2:59 PM

Over the last 18 months, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been praised, vilified, promoted and distorted. Yet last week, the law was upheld by the Roberts Court as constitutional, clearing the path for transforming our health and long‐term care system into one that works for all...

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10 Conversations to Plan for Aging with Dignity and Independence

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2012 | 6:54 PM

Aging with dignity and independence is the ability to live life to its fullest in the place you call home regardless of age, illness or disability. While we all like to picture ourselves growing older in a healthy way, the reality is that 70 percent of people over the age...

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Building a Social Movement to Improve Long-Term Care in California

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2012 | 5:00 PM

Margaret Mead, the pioneering anthropologist, once said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Last month, Washington, D.C. hosted the 2012 American Society on Aging Conference (where HuffPost editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington presented on the transformative...

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Aging With Dignity and Independence: The Who, What, Why, and How

(2) Comments | Posted February 24, 2012 | 11:17 AM

Chances are you know and love an older person with needs. Maybe it's that neighbor of yours whose trash cans you help bring in once a week. Perhaps it's your grandparent or even a parent who needs help understanding the bills or getting the groceries up the stairs. The reality...

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