BOSTON – With the federal government back to work after the longest shutdown in United States history, health care is expected to move back to the national agenda. The constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act and the efforts by the Democratic-majority House of Representatives to protect the federal health care law are just two of many drivers that will keep health care a top priority for the U.S. in 2019. At the same time, other parts of the health care ecosystem, including senior care, will also be in transition this year and beyond.
According to Louis J. Woolf, President and CEO of Harvard Medical School-affiliated Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL), a nonprofit organization committed to improving the lives of older adults, “The combination of the Affordable Care Act, the push for value-based care, and the silver tsunami of aging baby boomers has set in motion incredible economic and social challenges, as well as opportunities in senior care. While the future of the law itself is under debate, the fact remains that seniors want and need innovations in the health care system to help them remain healthier, and as they age, stay more independent. Furthermore, when care is needed, seniors want it provided in a more coordinated and cost-effective manner.”
With a growing, more consumer-savvy senior population in mind, Woolf shared his views on senior care trends in 2019.
“The coming year will continue to define health care in America, particularly for seniors who face dementia and other illnesses as they age. It is a social and economic imperative for health care organizations to think differently about how they address the needs of seniors today and take steps to prepare for their future,” concluded Woolf.
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