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Long Term Care

STORY OF THE WEEK


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Poll Shows Long-Term Care An Issue In Presidential Election

More than eight out of 10 people want long term care included in the agenda of presidential candidates, according to a poll by Public Opinion Strategies and the Mellman Group.

It also showed that nearly 70 percent of respondents have not prepared for the long-term care of their family or themselves. However, half of the polltakers indicated that they have known someone who has needed such care.

The poll results also suggested that Americans are willing to aid in long-term care programs at the state and national levels. More than half of the respondents agreed that payroll deductions for such programs would be allowable.

The poll was released at the 2007 National Long Term Care Symposium in Washington, D.C., sponsored by Genworth Financial, focused on the future of long-term care with a panel of experts leading the discussion.

The organizations involved included AARP, the American Association for Homes Services for the Aging, the American Health Care Association, and the National Alliance of Caregivers.

Speakers included members of the Congressional Long Term Care Caucus such as Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-ND), Rep. Tom Allen (D-Maine) and Moore Capito (R-WV) among others.

The discussion surrounded how long-term care be improved on and implemented in the future.

"It is estimated that 60 percent of those over the age of 65 will require a form on long term-care at some point," said Buck Stinson, president of Genworth Financial’s long-term care insurance division.

He added, "With the first of the 78 million baby boomers turning 62 next year, we need to be both realistic and prepared for the healthcare demands many of these Americans will have, which is precisely why the discussion we’re having today is so important."

Address: Genworth Financial Inc., 6620 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23230; (888) 436-9678, http://www.genworth.com.

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Healthcare Trends & Forecasts in 2008: Performance Expectations for the Healthcare Industry

Besides its hot-button status in the 2008 presidential election, what other issues will shape the healthcare industry in the coming year? Perennial cost drivers remain, but growing technology dictums, prevalence of quality- and performance-based reimbursement models, evolving physician-hospital and physician-patient dynamics and increased ROI expectations for wellness and health coaching are forcing hospitals, health plans and providers to recast business and care delivery processes. In this special report, four key thought leaders deliver a sector-by-sector analysis of emerging trends and their impacts and debate the direction of the industry.

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