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The Gallup Podcast: Paying More for Less: The Cost of U.S. Healthcare

When it comes to healthcare relative to other wealthy countries, the U.S. ranks No. 1 in only one area: cost. Shelley Lyford, president and CEO of West Health, and Tim Lash, chief strategy officer and executive vice president, join The Gallup Podcast with Mohamed Younis to discuss why Americans pay more for less quality healthcare,… Read more »

California Foundation Leaders Congratulate Gov. Newsom on the State’s Release of the Master Plan for Aging

SACRAMENTO, Calif., January 6, 2021 – Leaders from eight California foundations applaud Governor Gavin Newsom’s release of the Master Plan for Aging (Master Plan), outlining a visionary, 10-year blueprint that seeks to build an equitable California where everyone has the opportunity to age with dignity and independence in the place that they call home. With… Read more »

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and West Health Bring Geriatric Emergency Room Care and Telemedicine to Rural New England

Four hospitals in New Hampshire and Vermont to receive training, education and telehealth support from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, the nation’s soon-to-be first rural geriatric emergency department Lebanon, NH – Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH), New Hampshire’s only academic health system serving nearly 2 million patients across northern New England, and West Health, a family of nonprofit and nonpartisan… Read more »

Letter to Congressional Leadership Calling for Hospital Contracting Reform

In addition to the primary goal of protecting patients from surprise medical bills, we are writing to ensure that any surprise billing legislation that is included in the end-of-year package contain hospital contracting reform as proposed in the Lower Health Care Costs Act.

Reducing Emergency Department Transfers from Skilled Nursing Facilities through an Emergency Physician Telemedicine Service

Transfers of skilled nursing facility (SNF) residents to emergency departments (ED) are linked to morbidity, mortality and significant cost, especially when transfers result in hospital admissions. This study investigated an alternative approach for emergency care delivery comprised of SNF-based telemedicine services provided by emergency physicians (EP). We compared this on-site emergency care option to traditional ED-based care, evaluating hospital admission rates following care by an EP.

Some States May Lack Facilities for Administering COVID-19 Vaccine to Residents

University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy and West Health Policy Center Develop Mapping-Tool to Identify Counties Where Residents May Face Access Issues WASHINGTON, DC – DEC. 16, 2020 — As the biggest vaccination effort in U.S. history gets underway, several states may not have a sufficient number of facilities in some areas to administer the… Read more »

Our Approach: Private Sector Principles for Results-Driven Philanthropy

West Health’s CEO, Shelley Lyford, describes our unique approach to the mission of successful aging. For West Health, addressing the needs of seniors isn’t simply a fiscal and political priority – it’s a moral imperative. Each of our separate entities works together in pursuit of our successful aging mission. Our Institute ensures that our Foundation’s grant-making… Read more »