Older Adults’ Experience of Virtual Care: Action Steps to Increase Access and Equity was created as a partnership between West Health and USofCare. This playbook offers learnings and lessons for healthcare providers and policymakers from older adults’ experiences of virtual health care during the pandemic. Key learnings and lessons include: How older adults’ experiences can… Read more »
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 »
Tool exposes potential locations and populations with limited access to facilities to administer COVID-19 vaccines
This toolkit was developed by West Health and the University of North Carolina to support ED staff in screening senior patients for food insecurity.
In addition to the primary goal of protecting patients from surprise medical bills, we are writing to ensure that any surprise billing legislation that is included in the end-of-year package contain hospital contracting reform as proposed in the Lower Health Care Costs Act.
Transfers of skilled nursing facility (SNF) residents to emergency departments (ED) are linked to morbidity, mortality and significant cost, especially when transfers result in hospital admissions. This study investigated an alternative approach for emergency care delivery comprised of SNF-based telemedicine services provided by emergency physicians (EP). We compared this on-site emergency care option to traditional ED-based care, evaluating hospital admission rates following care by an EP.
Overdiagnosis of urinary tract infections (UTI) among people living with dementia is a nationally recognized problem associated with morbidity from antibiotics as well as multidrug-resistant bacteria. However, whether this problem also exists in the emergency department (ED) is currently unknown.
August 7, 2020 Authors: Karen A. Abrashkin1, A. Camille McBride1, Jill C. Slaboda 2, Michael Kurliand 2, Amparo Abel-Bey 1, Atika Turkistani 1, Kayla Finuf 1, Renee Pekmazaris 1 Affiliations: 1Northwell Health, New Hyde Park, NY, USA; 2West Health, La Jolla, CA, USA Objective: As the number of older adults living in the United States… Read more »
Ambulatory‐care‐sensitive conditions (ACSCs) represent emergency department (ED) visits and hospital admissions that might have been avoided through earlier primary care intervention. We characterize the current frequency and cost of ACSCs among older adults (≥65 years of age) in the ED.