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Providing Home- and Community-Based Nutrition Services to Low-Income Older Adults: Promising Health Plan Practices

Funder: West Health Policy Center Author: Stephanie Gibbs, Center for Health Care Strategies and Amy Herr, West Health Policy Center April 2018 | Brief State Medicaid agencies and Medicaid health plans increasingly recognize the importance of social support services, including nutritious food, as part of a holistic approach to addressing the needs of low-income older adults and… Read more »

Delirium as a predictor of mortality in US Medicare beneficiaries discharged from the emergency department: a national claims-level analysis up to 12 months

Juhi Israni, Adriane Lesser, Tyler Kent, Kelly Ko Abstract Background 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… Read more »

Operation and challenges of home-based medical practices in the US: findings from six aggregated case studies

Gregory J. Norman*, Kristann Orton, Amy Wade, Andrea M. Morris and Jill C. Slaboda Abstract Background: 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… Read more »

Integrating Social Services and Home-Based Primary Care for High-Risk Patients

Joe Feinglass, PhD,1 Greg Norman, PhD,2 Robyn L. Golden, MA, LCSW,3 Naoko Muramatsu, PhD,4 Michael Gelder, MHA,5 and Thomas Cornwell, MD6 Abstract There is a consensus that our current hospital-intensive approach to care is deeply flawed. This review article describes the research evidence for developing a better system of care for high-cost, high-risk patients. It… Read more »


Abstracts   2017 Lesser, A., Kent, T., Israni, J., Howard, J., & Ko, K. (October, 2017). Physical therapy: Impact on ED revisit rates among seniors with a ground-level fall. Presentation given at American College of Emergency Physicians Scientific Assembly. Washington, DC. Israni, J., Lesser, A. & Ko., K. (September, 2017) Emergency Department Utilization Among Seniors… Read more »

The Journal of Emergency Medicine publishes West Health and UCSD study on home health costs as an alternative to hospital care

INTRODUCTION The Journal of Emergency Medicine has published the following peer-reviewed article, which provides cost savings evidence for home health care. West Health has recognized that home-centered care can be a focal point for seniors, offering the option for effective care provided within the safety and comfort of home. The study described in this paper… Read more »