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Launching an Emergency Department Telehealth Program During COVID-19: Real-World Implementations for Older Adults

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), broadly defines telehealth as the use of electronic information and technologies to support and promote long-distance clinical care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration. Forward triage is the sorting of patients based on needs before potential ED transfer. Forward triage establishes who requires ED treatment, prioritizes care delivery, and determines appropriateness of treatment in place, or in other settings.2 This paper highlights different models of how telehealth is being deployed by ED’s around the country based on needs, clinical setting, and resources.

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.

30‐Day Emergency Department Revisit Rates among Older Adults with Documented Dementia

August 12, 2019 Tyler Kent BS, Adriane Lesser MS, Juhi Israni MS, Ula Hwang MD, MPH, Christopher Carpenter MD, MS, Kelly J. Ko PhD https://doi.org/10.1111/jgs.16114 Abstract presented at the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Annual Meeting; May 15‐18, 2018; Indianapolis, IN. Abstract OBJECTIVES Published literature on national emergency department (ED) revisit rates among older adults… Read more »

Leveraging Home‐Delivered Meal Programs to Address Unmet Needs for At‐Risk Older Adults: Preliminary Data

Andrea M. Morris PhD, Jessa K. Engelberg PhD, Brenda Schmitthenner MPA, David Dosa MD, Emily Gadbois PhD, Renee R. Shield PhD, Uche Akobundu PhD, Kali S. Thomas PhD https://doi.org/10.1111/jgs.16013 Portions of this work were presented at the annual American Society on Aging, Aging in America Conference, March 2018; the annual meeting of the American Geriatrics… Read more »