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HCI-DC 2018 Healthcare Costs Innovation Summit Highlights

The rising cost of healthcare in the United States is a growing crisis of epic proportions that undermines America’s economy, compromises care, drains resources, and threatens financial security. Increased spending continues to impact family budgets. Bloated costs reduce America’s ability to invest in other vital programs. Every dollar wasted on an expensive and inefficient healthcare system is a dollar that cannot be used to educate America’s children, care for our country’s seniors, strengthen our nation’s infrastructure, or defend our borders. As Warren Buffett has said, “The ballooning costs of healthcare act as a hungry tapeworm on the American economy.”

To tackle this critical issue, it is imperative to understand why the United States is spending so much, gain in-depth knowledge of the cost drivers, and identify policies that can slow the trajectory of cost while improving patient access and quality of care. That’s why, on February 21, 2018, West Health—a family of nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations focused on healthcare research, policy and philanthropy — convened an innovation summit in Washington, D.C., to address America’s healthcare cost crisis. The summit featured a broad range of healthcare thought leaders—including Steve Forbes, Atul Gawande, Mark McClellan, and Andy Slavitt—who shared their thoughts on how we can advance the most effective ideas, innovations, and practical policy solutions.

This video summarizes some of the ideas discussed at the summit, and calls on policymakers—and all Americans—to take immediate action to ensure the sustainability of our healthcare system for generations to come.

Acute Care at Home

Our research study is focusing on the implementation of an acute care at home program from the Emergency Department as an alternative to inpatient admission for a specific cohort of patients.

Consultant 360: Vaccinations for the elderly: What physicians need to know

                  August 1, 2017 To raise awareness for National Immunization Awareness Month, Eliah Aronoff-Spencer, MD, PhD, from West Health and the University of California at San Diego, speaks with us about vaccinations in the elderly population and what physicians need to know. < PLEASE LISTEN TO THE… Read more »

Helping Seniors Get The Dental Care They Need

Learn how nonprofits West Health and the Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center are helping improve oral healthcare for low income seniors in San Diego and around the country.

Dental Care Changes Mike’s Life

73-year old, Mike, who after taking pain medication for a serious medical condition was suffering from extreme dry mouth, which greatly accelerated and exacerbated his tooth decay, resulting in 23 teeth being pulled by another dentist. After many courses of treatment at the Senior Dental Center, Mike received a full set of dentures and is now able to eat solid, nutritious food and enjoy life again

Dental Care Changes Patricia’s Life

Patricia, who is in her 80’s and was missing teeth, impacting her quality of life and her ability to be a loving grandmother to her great granddaughter. After the team at the Senior Dental Center restored her smile, she said she’d be smiling in her sleep

National Survey Unveils Perspectives and Implications on Aging Policies and Practices Across Decades

A major national survey from West Health and NORC at the University of Chicago explores what it means to grow older, revealing important insights and perspectives across the decades – what really matters for healthcare, social services, quality of life, caregiving, priorities and lifestyle. Survey results will provide a cross-generational snapshot of aging in America today to better inform programs, policy and practice, and ensure successful aging for all.