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Characteristics of Home-Based Care Provided by Accountable Care Organizations

By. Robert E. Mechanic, MBA; Jennifer Perloff, PhD; Amy R. Stuck, PhD, RN; and Christopher Crowley, PhD     OBJECTIVES: To describe the use of home-based services in accountable care organizations (ACOs). STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional analysis of 2019 ACO survey. METHODS: We analyzed surveys completed by 151 ACOs describing the characteristics of home-based care programs… Read more »

Emergency Medical Technicians’ Perspectives on a Telehealth Facilitator Role to Expand Home-Based Primary Care: Pilot Study Results

A growing body of literature supports telehealth-enabled emergency medical services (EMS) personnel acting in expanded roles in the pre-hospital setting. While paramedic-based community programs have shown great promise, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), who make up a larger percentage of the total number of nationally certified EMS personnel and generally have fewer options for career growth,… Read more »

A Practical Guide: Creating a Screening & Referral Program to Address Malnutrition

This guide was developed by West Health and the University of North Carolina to serve as a resource for providers, clinical staff, and health care administrators working in acute care settings including Emergency Departments, Urgent Care Clinics, and other health care settings who care for a broad population of patients regardless of their ability to… Read more »

Two Ways to Reduce Prescription Drug Costs

The Health Savers Initiative is a project of West Health, the Committee for the Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB), and Arnold Ventures, which identifies bold and concrete policy options to make healthcare more affordable for the federal government, businesses, and households. The purpose of the Health Savers Initiative is to develop policy-ready options that will lower… Read more »

ACOs’ Use of Telehealth During the COVID-19 Pandemic

An analysis by researchers at the West Health Institute and the Institute for Accountable Care finds regulatory flexibilities and payment waivers during COVID-19 helped ACOs deliver care more efficiently, effectively and conveniently. 

Delirium in the Older Emergency Department Patient

This Change Package and Toolkit were created by Dr. Inouye and staff at the Marcus Institute of Aging Research and the Hospital Elder Life Program, with assistance from the Gary and Mary West Health Institute, as part of a research project to improve delirium recognition, prevention, and management in the ED setting and to pilot test the Change Package and Toolkit in three EDs.