Better provisions, including funding, need to be made for training professionals to care for this population. This includes primary care providers, nurses and nursing-home assistants.
And Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement schedules need to be overhauled to make sure the services this population requires are covered.
The report also said the federal government should coordinate all the efforts that involve these two vulnerable populations.
In addition, Kennedy suggested that partial forgiveness of medical-school loans would "turn around the onward direction of trainees coming into the geriatric field."
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