The Pennsylvania Health Care Association (PHCA) recently pledged to work alongside the administration, commonwealth consumers and entire state legislature to bolster the successful outcome of Community HealthChoices (CHC), the state’s long-term care initiative in Harrisburg.
In the U.S., managed long-term services and support programs vary from one state to the next and have demonstrated varying degrees of success, PHCA President W. Russell McDaid said.
“Our members view themselves in an important partnership with the consumers they serve, their families and the commonwealth, and believe that there is no one size fits all approach and no single proven model that the department can merely pull ‘off the shelf’ that will make this program a success,” he said.
CHC’s goal is to provide a long-term service and support system centered on individual patients, preventive services and participant outcomes, choosing the most appropriate and cost-effective care setting possible in each case. McDaid specified that while citizens who do not require 24-hour care should not be forced to live in a nursing home, neither should the system hinder those with multiple health care needs from accessing the program’s benefits.
“Pennsylvania should proceed carefully and allow adequate time between … each phase, to make any program modifications that may be necessary in the best interest of consumers and those providing care and services before expanding the program statewide,” McDaid said.
He added that the organization looks forward to phasing in the initiative in cooperation with the government and the consumer population.
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