Arkansas ranks 37th in AARP scorecard

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The AARP and the Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Aging and Adult Services released a long-term care scorecard.

    The rankings were released Thursday morning as part of a Long-Term Care Policy Summit that details Arkansas' performance in the area of long-term care services and supports coupled with a state ranking comparison.

    The summit featured a review of the report, "Raising Expectations: A State Scorecard on Long-Term Service and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers." The Scorecard was developed by AARP's Public Policy Institute, The Commonwealth Fund and the SCAN Foundation.

    It is the first report to measure state-level performance of services to these specific adult populations.

    The Scorecard ranks all 50 states and the District of Columbia in four key areas of performance using 25 data indicators. Arkansas' performance ranked it at 37 out of 50 states.

    "Arkansas ranks very well in many of the 25 areas that we looked at," Susan Reinhard, Senior Vice President of AARP said during the summit. "Arkansas ranks sixth in consumer choice and sixth in nurse delegation, so that's a really good start. There is room for improvement in many other areas, though."

    Rienhard says if Arkansas wants to improve to the level of the best-performing state we would have to have:

    • 11,479 more low- or moderate-income adults age 21 and older with activity of daily living disabilities would be covered by Medicaid.

    • 1,808 more new users of Medicaid LTSS would first receive services in home and community based settings instead of nursing homes.

    • 2,840 nursing home residents with low care needs would instead be able to receive LTSS in the community.

    • 2,505 unnecessary hospitalizations of people in nursing homes would be avoided.

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