We used Medicare claims data to examine differences in recurrent fall‐related ED revisit rates of older adults who presented to the ED for a ground‐level fall and whether they received PT services in the ED. Our logistic regression model controlled for age, sex, Medicaid eligibility, acute injury, and certain known chronic comorbidities associated with risk of falling.
Introduction The convergence of several forces is creating an opportunity to dramatically improve care for older adults in the emergency department (ED), which in turn has the potential to create benefits in the US health care system for everyone. These forces include demographic changes, a shift toward value-based health care, and the emergence of individual… Read more »
This article describes some challenges of care transitions, reviews best practice strategies, provides an example of systems-based improvements at a health care system in Wisconsin, and outlines some lessons learned.
This brief, made possible with support from the West Health Policy Center, highlights promising community-based nutrition practices for older adults used by Medicaid health plans, including: (1) investing in staff with nutrition expertise; (2) using assessment data to target nutrition-related interventions; (3) replicating best practices from other member populations; and (4) leveraging community-based resources.
Delirium is common among seniors discharged from the emergency department (ED) and associated with increased risk of mortality. Prior research has addressed mortality associated with seniors discharged from the ED with delirium, however has generally relied on data from one or a small number of institutions and at single time points.
Home-based primary care (HBPC) is a multidisciplinary, ongoing care strategy that can provide cost-effective, in-home treatment to meet the needs of the approximately four million homebound, medically complex seniors in the U.S. Because there is no single model of HBPC that can be adopted across all types of health organizations and U.S. geographic regions, we conducted a six-site HBPC practice assessment to better understand different operation structures, common challenges, and approaches to delivering HBPC.
This review article describes the research evidence for developing a better system of care for high-cost, high-risk patients. It reviews the evidence that home-centered care and integration of health care with social services are the cornerstones of a more humane and efficient system.