LeadingAge to release Pathways findings Nov. 17

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The LeadingAge Pathways report, released in October 2013.
The LeadingAge Pathways report, released in October 2013.

LeadingAge will announce the latest findings of its Pathways project Nov. 17, Katie Smith Sloan, the organization's incoming president and CEO, told McKnight's Senior Living.

Two years ago, in an initial report titled “Pathways: A Framework for Addressing Americans' Financial Risk for Long-Term Services and Supports,” LeadingAge outlined seven options to address financing LTSS in the United States. “We've been working for the past two or three years, really trying to shape a direction that could ultimately turn into a legislative initiative and hopefully, eventually, become law,” said Sloan, who has been chief operating officer of LeadingAge since 2002.

LeadingAge, the AARP and the SCAN Foundation commissioned economic modeling of the seven pathways by the Urban Institute and actuarial firm Milliman based on certain assumptions about costs, utilization, level of use and other factors, Sloan said. That modeling is being finalized now, she added, and the results will be published in Health Affairs.

“That really does set the stage for what I think will then become less of an academic exercise and much more of an advocacy exercise in really trying to push a path forward,” Sloan said. She expects that the solution to LTSS issues will involve more than one of the pathways.

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