WELShift: Our New Community Model

Providing Sustainable Lifetime Health and Housing Security for America's Seniors

 

"By 2030, Social Security, Medicare and the federal portion of Medicaid and interest on the national debt will consume more than the entire federal budget."  The U.S. Government Accountability Office

 

Clearly, in aging services, we need to change what we do and how we pay for it.  By restructuring our current programs and payment sources, Wesley Enhanced Living believes we can improve the lives of more seniors - particularly the wide swath of middle-income retired seniors who often fall short of necessary financial means.  To achieve this objective, WEL is developing a new service delivery and funding model:  the Senior Health and Housing Initiative for Transformation or WELShift.

 

WELShift offers a comprehensive approach to the financing of service delivery by redistributing Medicare and Medicaid funds.  Medicaid, currently used as a costly end-of-life program for those requiring skilled nursing services, would be reconfigured to begin paying for CCRC services after a resident's private funds are depleted.  Learn More...


With its emphasis on preventive care rather than a crisis-oriented approach and its potential to yield a 20 percent savings to Medicaid over a ten-year period, the time for WELShift is now!*

 

Today, continuing care retirement communities are generally available to those at the 80th percentile of income or higher.  However, WELShift has the potential to make these high-quality, comprehensive health and housing services accessible to nearly all seniors while saving money.  In fact, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 calls for the development of precisely these kinds of programs to improve health and reduce costs.  WEL is engaged with policy makers at the local, state and federal levels and is working on a plan to pilot the WELShift model in communities throughout Pennsylvania.

 

   *Financing a New Integrated Care Model - The Senior Healthcare & Housing Initiative for Transformation (SHIFT), October 2009, Avalere Health, LLC

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