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Reauthorization of Older Americans Act is a Victory for Seniors and Successful Aging in America

West Health applauds this week’s passage of legislation reauthorizing the Older Americans Act (OAA), which provides critical funding for programs and services that combat malnutrition, elder abuse and social isolation, support family caregivers and senior centers, and help older adults with transportation, legal issues and in-home and community-based care. The reauthorization of OAA is a… Read more »

Telehealth Discussed at NIC Spring Conference

by Katie Roper | March 24, 2020 Medicare just announced that it will − temporarily − reimburse for telehealth-provided services, opening an opportunity for seniors housing providers to provide residents with access to vital health services without exposing them to pathogens circulating at hospitals and clinics as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. A very… Read more »

COVID-19 in Older Adults: Key Points for Emergency Department Providers

March 18, 2020 BOX 1 PATIENT SCENARIO 1: The daughter of an 82-year-old community-dwelling, woman calls the ED nurse hotline regarding her mother. The patient has a past medical history of diabetes mellitus and multiple comorbid illnesses. During the past week the patient had a cough, runny nose, and a slight fever. No temperature has… Read more »

An Important Message from our President and CEO

Our hearts and thoughts go out to the people who have been affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, especially seniors who are at greater risk for the virus, and those who are sick. This virus is putting enormous strain on our entire population and placing new pressures on an already fragile health system, not… Read more »

How Runaway Healthcare Costs are a Threat to Older Adults and What to do About It

New Report Outlines Common Sense Approaches to Solving America’s Healthcare Cost Crisis WASHINGTON, DC and SAN DIEGO, CA – Feb. 6, 2020 – Empowering Medicare to directly negotiate drug prices, accelerating the adoption of value-based care, using philanthropy as a catalyst for reform and expanding senior-specific models of care are among recommendations for reducing healthcare… Read more »

West Health Policy Center Commissioned Analysis

Proposed changes to the Medicare Part D benefit design have significant financial implications for all Part D stakeholders, including the federal government, Part D beneficiaries, and pharmaceutical manufacturers.