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Inside Philanthropy: To Avert a Public Health Crisis, Three Funders Come Together

By Alice Dickow On June 12, the American Medical Association announced that drug shortages pose an urgent public health crisis that should be of concern to all Americans. Why this level of concern? Drug shortages have serious consequences. Most importantly, they often endanger patients’ lives. But even when drugs are available, skyrocketing costs make them unaffordable for many—especially… Read more »

Senior Care Authority: San Diego Leading The Way With Senior-Specific ER

The University of California, San Diego and San Diego-based West Health are taking a comprehensive approach to offering a senior-specific emergency department in San Diego. Earlier in 2016, Gary and Mary West provided $11.8 million to the university to build a state-of-the-art geriatric emergency care unit within the Jacob Medical Center. The Gary and Mary… Read more »

Achieving Value in Medicaid Home- and Community-Based Care: Considerations for Managed Long-Term Services and Supports Programs

Funder: West Health Policy Center Author: Michelle Herman Soper, Center for Health Care Strategies; Debra Lipson, Mathematica Policy Research; Maria Dominiak, Airam Actuarial Consulting; and James Lloyd, Center for Health Care Strategies September 2018 | Toolkit States are increasingly adopting value-based payment (VBP) models to tie payment to outcomes including quality of care, health status, and costs for… Read more »

Institute for Healthcare Improvement: Trading Spaces: Remodeling Acute Care for Seniors

By Liane Wardlow | Wednesday, September 19, 2018 We can probably all agree that no one wants to experience an acute medical event. However, they’re simply a part of life — particularly for seniors who often live with multiple chronic medical conditions, which can, from time-to-time, escalate into an acute situation needing immediate medical attention. Unfortunately, seniors… Read more »

Newsradio 600 KOGO: How To Get Cheaper Prescription Drugs

by Marilyn Hyder – Sep 17, 2018 A new national poll by a non profit, non partisan health care research organization finds three quarters of Americans consider the cost of prescription drugs in the United States to be “unreasonable.” Tim Lash is the chief strategy officer at the West Health Institute and the Gary and Mary West… Read more »

Patient EngementHIT: Patients Say US Drug Prices “Unreasonable,” Need Gov’t Attention

By Sara Heath In addition to lamenting high drug prices, most patients do not approve of government policies for addressing costs. Seventy-seven percent of patients believe US drug prices are “unreasonable,” but most don’t approve of current government solutions to combat high drug costs, according to a recent survey conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago on… Read more »

Healthcare Finance: Most Americans disapprove of how Trump, Congress are addressing prescription drug costs, poll shows

Jeff Lagasse, Associate Editor Americans are dissatisfied with how both parties in Congress are handling the issue, with Democrats and Republicans faring almost equally poorly. Three-quarters of Americans consider the cost of prescription drugs in the U.S. to be “unreasonable,” and despite promises from President Trump and members of Congress to rein in prices, few approve… Read more »

HIGH PRICES, BROKEN PROMISES: New Poll Finds Few Americans Approve How President Trump and Congress Are Addressing ‘Unreasonable’ Prescription Drug Costs

  SAN DIEGO, CA — September 13, 2018 — Three-quarters of Americans consider the cost of prescription drugs in the United States to be “unreasonable,” and despite promises from the President and members of Congress to rein in prices, few approve of either’s handling of the issue, according to a new national poll from the… Read more »

High prices, broken promises on prescription drug costs

New survey from the West Health Institute
and NORC at the University of Chicago shows
few Americans approve of how President Trump
and Congress are addressing ‘unreasonable’
prescription drug costs.

Defeat Malnutrition Today: Senior Malnutrition – A Significant Threat to Successful Aging

  West Health Contributors: Brenda Schmitthenner, MPA, Jessa K. Engelberg, PhD, Andrea M. Morris, PhD, MPH, Amy Herr MHS, Kai Oliver-Kurtin, Cheryl Hassoldt Malnutrition disproportionally affects seniors, with up to 1 out of every 2 at risk for malnutrition, and disease-associated malnutrition in seniors is estimated to cost $51.3 billion annually. Aligned with our mission… Read more »