Colorado Coalition for Elder Rights and Abuse Prevention
By: Stephanie Spriggs
Grant Writer and Report Specialist, CIVHC
One in ten elderly respondents to a nationwide survey indicated that they had experienced abuse within the last year. In Colorado, more than 11,000 incidences of elder abuse, financial exploitation, or neglect are reported annually, though Denver Human Services believes many more go unreported.
Studies Pinpoint Likelihood of 30-day Readmissions, Identify Prevention Methods
By: Julie Bird, Fierce Healthcare
Hospitals could have prevented more than a quarter of readmissions of discharged Medicare patients within 30 days, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine by researchers at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF).
Health Care for Seniors Often Goes Beyond Their Desires
By: Michelle Andrews, Kaiser Health News, NPR
As people get older, their health care goals may shift from living as long as possible to maintaining a good quality of life: quality over quantity. In many cases, the medical treatment older people receive often doesn't reflect this change in priorites.
Adding a Measure of Patient Self-Management Capability to Risk Assessment Can Improve Prediction of High Costs
By: The Commonwealth Fund
Patients with the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to manage their health conditions are sometimes referred to as "activated." Health care systems can use patient activation scores to help predict use of costly services, like the emergency department (ED). Knowing who is most at risk for incurring high costs enables systems to tailor their outreach efforts and better manage overall health care costs.
Understanding the Impact of Medicare Advantage on Hospitalization Rates
By: Robert Graham Center
Greater use of Medicare Advantage (MA) over traditional fee-for-service Medicare (TM) in certain populations, and even across small areas, has been associated with fewer overall hospitalizations and avoidable hospitalizations. Proponents suggest that these associations stem from successful care management, and a focus on preventive services and primary care among MA users.
CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain
By: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Improving the way opioids are prescribed through clinical practice guidelines can ensure patients have access to safer, more effective chronic pain treatment while reducing the number of people who misuse, abuse, or overdose from these drugs.
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