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ACEP Podcast: How does your institution become a Geriatric Emergency Department

In this ACEP Frontline podcast, host Dr. Ryan Stanton and his guests, Drs. Ula Hwang, Michael Malone, and Kevin Biese, wrap up a three-part series on the Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation (GEDA) program. “How does your institution become a GED?” presents how your ED can become more geriatric-focused, expert advice and pearls, and available resources… Read more »

A Time for Bold Action: West Health’s Video for the New Year

“A Time for Bold Action” – a video produced by West Health – looks back at our work in 2018 and ahead to the challenges we face in 2019 and beyond. It tells the poignant stories of three seniors facing life-changing crises as a result of America’s opaque and over-priced healthcare system.

PACE 2.0 Video Series

Before I Found PACE “Before I Found PACE” is a new video series that is part of the PACE 2.0 initiative, which is supported by The John A. Hartford Foundation and West Health. The series will illustrate the need for expanding Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®) through the stories and words of PACE participants and… Read more »

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.