Assessing The Needs Of Disabled Medicare Beneficiaries
Posted Sep 23 2010 12:00am
“Policy makers need more concrete information about the characteristics of the disabled community and its unique challenges, a senior White House adviser said today at a forum about Medicare disability and health care reform.”
This is the opening sentence from this article by Kaiser Health News. While reading it, I was thinking that there is a simple solution to this problem, but one so simple and easy to manage that it will never happen.
What if a group of practitioners and disabled individuals were presented with these issues and allowed to sit in a room each day for, say, a week to work on recommendations and solutions?
I would think the group should be made up of Nurse Life Care Planners, since we are on the frontlines in determining costs for care for folks with all kinds of disabilities, prosthetists, orthotists, PTs, OTs, mental health professionals, disabled individuals, etc.
I am not talking CEO’s of national providers here, but “in the trenches practitioners” who see and treat disabled people every day, day in and day out, as well as actual people who are living with a disability.
This would be a group of hard working Americans who are accustomed to working together on re-hab teams and actually creating workable solutions.