Leading Consumer, Health, Aging and Labor Organizations Say Reform Must Translate to Better Care for Older Patients and Their Family Caregivers
WASHINGTON, DC — April 13, 2010 — "Will you help her?" That’s the question the Campaign for Better Care, led by the National Partnership for Women & Families, Community Catalyst and the National Health Law Program (NHeLP), is asking policymakers today in new print and banner ads running in The Hill, Politico and Roll Call. The Campaign is urging lawmakers to ensure that health reform works for the millions of older adults with multiple health problems, and their family caregivers, many of whom are struggling in today’s fragmented, uncoordinated health care system.
"Health reform is law, but in some ways the hardest work is just beginning," said National Partnership President Debra L. Ness. "As we implement reform, we need to focus on improving communication and coordination of care, putting medical records at patients’ fingertips through better technology, and ending the poor communication, duplication and waste that plague our system now. Reform has put solutions within reach for the first time, but implementation is key if we are to realize its promise for those who need it most — patients who are older and have multiple health problems."
The Campaign for Better Care was formed to ensure that the reformed health care system provides the comprehensive, coordinated, patient- and family-centered care that older adults and individuals with multiple health problems need. It is guided by a broad-based Steering Committee comprised of leaders of some of the nation’s most powerful groups, and a diverse Consumer Coalition with more than 100 national, state and local organizations that are coming together for the first time ever to work on this set of issues.
See the ad here. A national survey of Americans age 50 or older, conducted by Lake Research Partners in March for the Campaign for Better Care, finds that three in four respondents (74 percent) have wished that their doctors talked and shared information with each other. Millions have experienced problems related to a lack of communication and coordination:
Learn more about the public opinion survey and the Campaign for Better Care, and read stories of patients who need better care, at www.CampaignForBetterCare.org.