New bill would target improved care coordination for seniors

A bill introduced in the House of Representatives would target improved care coordination for seniors, adding it under the Older Americans Act.

Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) introduced the Care Coordination for Older Americans Act of 2014 to improve upon the Older Americans Act. While the bill, first enacted close to 50 years ago, targets improving the lives of seniors, it fails to look at the need for care coordination, which can lead to preventable medical problems.

If passed, the bill would:

  • Add care coordination in the Declaration of Objectives of the Older American Act
  • Define care coordination with the inclusion of medical and social services
  • Promote the development and implementation of care coordination plans for older individuals with multiple chronic illnesses
  • Direct the collaboration between states, Aging and Disability Resource Center, Area Agencies on Aging, service providers, healthcare providers, medical entities