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JAHF E-News | August 31, 2017

Policy Solutions: Integrating Hospice Care Into Accountable Care Organizations

The Medicare hospice benefit is currently designed as a one-size-fits-all solution for a diverse population with varied end-of-life care needs, but Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) hold promise for innovative, high-quality hospice and palliative care. Two Health and Aging Policy Fellows recently authored a Health Affairs blog post highlighting three strategic approaches for ACOs to improve serious illness and end-of-life care, thereby improving their overall clinical and financial outcomes. These approaches include selectively working with high-quality providers, expanding access to palliative care in community settings, and reimagining hospice as a tailored suite of services to meet beneficiary needs, rather than a pre-determined, generic package. Integrating hospice care into ACOs ensures that those experiencing serious illness and the end of life receive the person-centered, high-value care that is being developed throughout the rest of the care continuum.    

How Can Health Systems Engage Family Caregivers for Better Outcomes?

Over 18 million family members in the United States currently provide care to older people who need assistance, and almost half of caregivers (46%) perform complex medical tasks, such as wound care after a surgery. Engaging and supporting family caregivers is often the key to preventing an unnecessary rehospitalization and other poor outcomes. Grantees of The John A. Hartford Foundation are hosting two upcoming webinars to help health plans, health systems and clinicians better understand and support family caregivers as part of the care delivery team. Identifying and Supporting Dementia Caregivers in Healthcare Settings will be co-hosted on Tuesday, Sept. 12 by the Administration for Community Living and American Society on Aging. CMS Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office, in collaboration with the American Geriatrics Society and Community Catalyst, will host Involving and Supporting Family Caregivers in Care Planning and Delivery on Thursday, Sept, 14. Registration is open to all.

Early-bird tickets available for the National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs’ Conference, Nov 15-17. 

New assessment tool released for community-based organizations partnering with health systems. 

New study finds those who use PREPARE are significantly more engaged in advance care planning. 

The National Committee for Quality Assurance is developing new quality measures for the care of older adults. 

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