Large majorities of older Americans experience significant and troubling gaps in their primary care, according to our new national survey, “How Does It Feel? The Older Adult Health Care Experience,” released April 24, 2012.
The poll focuses exclusively on Americans age 65 and older and assesses whether, in the past 12 months, patients received seven important medical services to support healthy aging, including:
- an annual medication review,
- a falls risk assessment and history,
- depression screening,
- referral to community-based health resources, and
- discussion of their ability to perform routine daily tasks and activities without help.
The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) created the Health Care Innovations Exchange to speed the implementation of new and better ways of delivering health care. The below interview of Hartford Senior Program Officer Amy Berman by the Innovations Exchange team was posted on the AHRQ website in March 2012. Ms. Berman also participated in an AHRQ Scale Up & Spread Round Table in May 2011. Hartford grantee Dr. David Dorr from OHSU participated and presented his innovation, Care Management Plus, receiving feedback from a panel of experts including Ms. Berman. A video of Dr. Dorr’s feedback session can be found here.
Spreading Innovations to Enhance Care for Older Adults: An Interview With Amy Berman of the John A. Hartford Foundation
Innovations Exchange: Tell us about the Hartford Foundation.
Berman: The John A. Hartford Foundation focuses on improving the health of older adults, which in turn helps to address some of the most critical issues facing the nation’s health care system, including spiraling costs, significant quality problems, and the systematic failure to engage patients, families, and caregivers in making health care decisions and managing health. The foundation is especially concerned with improving care for older adults with multiple chronic conditions and functional impairment. These “frequent flyers” often end up being readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of an initial discharge, a sign of very poor quality care that costs the nation an estimated $17.4 billion each year.