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JAHF E-News | August 17, 2017

Experts: Strategy Needed to Ensure Nationwide Access to Palliative Care 

Last month, the University of Washington’s Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence convened JAHF’s end-of-life and serious illness care innovators to continue developing a shared vision and pathway for rapidly transforming health care so that it meets the needs of the very sick and dying. Private investments supporting programs like theirs have laid the groundwork for spreading successful models of care; however, a more coordinated national strategy is essential to increase palliative care access, support workforce training, grow accountability, and develop sustainable financing. A National Strategy for Palliative Care, a Health Affairs article by several JAHF grantees, including the Center to Advance Palliative Care’s Diane Meier, along with JAHF’s Amy Berman, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s Janet Corrigan, outlines these gaps in federal policy and the necessary steps to make palliative care more accessible to the millions of people with serious illness.

Nationwide Network for Home‐Based Primary Care Education Launches 

The Home Centered Care Institute (HCCI), a JAHF grantee, has launched a first-of-its-kind network of Home-Based Primary Care Centers of Excellence (COEs). The COEs will offer a unique home-based primary care curriculum designed to support physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and practice managers in delivering high-quality care while reducing costs. Building on Medicare’s successful Independence at Home demonstration and proposed bipartisan legislation, the COEs and HCCI will support a growing movement to deliver person-centered care to frail older adults where it makes the most sense – in the home. The curriculum includes classroom training, group mentorship, hands-on fellowship, and online learning opportunities. The first eight COEs represent geographically diverse hospitals from the East and West coasts, Midwest, South, and the Mid-Atlantic.   

The JAHF Aging Society Index launches at the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) 2017
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine releases new report on serious illness care 
What key health system leaders are saying about “hospitals of the future”
AARP spotlights needs of family caregivers who perform complex medical/nursing tasks

VAAACares wins JAHF Business Innovation Award highlighting role of community-based organizations in health care
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