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JAHF E-News | August 3, 2017

Ascension Joins Project to Create Age-Friendly Health Systems

We’ve expanded the scope of our ground-breaking Creating Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative, a partnership with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the American Hospital Association (AHA). Ascension is the latest health system to participate in our prototype development, bringing the project’s potential reach to 40 states. Ascension joins Anne Arundel Health System, Kaiser Permanente, Providence St. Joseph Health, and Trinity Health in this three-year initiative to develop and test an innovative, tailored model of care for older adults. Our goal is to spread the model to 20 percent of U.S. hospitals and health systems by 2020. 

Improving Care for Patients with Complex Needs is Highlighted at Aspen Institute’s Spotlight Health

The famed Aspen Institute’s recent Spotlight Health festival highlighted a wide gap between what researchers and clinicians know about how best to care for older adults with complex needs, and what is actually done in practice. As JAHF president Terry Fulmer noted, the goal for older adults should be “the right care, at the right time, by the right person, every time.” Implementing this approach will require a coordinated effort from health systems, providers, families, and payers. While there are promising pockets of innovation, such as age-friendly apps to monitor chronic conditions and state legislation to provide family caregiving subsidies, improving care for older adults will require a targeted approach to ensure we all receive high-quality care as we age. 

$1.67 million in new grants to support care for older adults announced.
Health Affairs’ July issue highlights advanced illness and end-of-life care.
JAHF welcomes new program officer Jane Carmody.
Amy Berman, senior program officer at JAHF, named AAN Fellow.
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