Whether it is called “age-friendly health care” or “person-centered care for older adults,” this month has seen reports and publications focus and advocate for better health care that truly meets the needs of older people. Continue reading
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Tufts Health Plan announced their organizations have formally combined, effective January 1, 2021, having received all regulatory approvals. Continue reading
The John A. Hartford Foundation Business Innovation Award highlights the successes of community-based organizations (CBOs) that are partnering and contracting with health care entities, such as hospitals and health plans, with the goal of spurring the replication of these partnerships nationwide. Continue reading
State agencies and organizations are providing valuable information, updates and action in response to the coronavirus.
In addition to those updates from MHAC partners and organizations listed below, people can continue to visit the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites for updates on the coronavirus. Continue reading
Although hospital readmission rates decreased overall in recent years for patients age 65 and older, both the volume and rate of readmissions increase with older patient age groups. For example, patients aged 85 and over had the highest readmission rate in 2018 (17.2%), followed by patients aged 75-84 (17.1%).
This is among a list of findings in the Massachusetts Hospital-Wide Adult All-Payer Readmissions SFY 2011-2018 report produced by the state’s Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA). The report provides a statewide look at readmissions from Massachusetts acute care hospitals, enabling insights into statewide, regional, and hospital-specific readmission rates, including breakdowns by payer type, discharge setting, and hospital characteristics. Continue reading
Based on public messaging research, the Massachusetts Coalition on Serious Illness Care developed the Good Talk Toolkit to be a resource that supplements your organization’s capacity to build awareness and understanding for advance care planning.
The messaging and campaign are intended to shift the frame of advance care planning away from “end of life” and “life-sustaining treatment choices” towards goals of care, quality of life and shared decision making thus also bringing it into closer alignment with palliative care principles. Continue reading