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Policy Briefing: Transforming Primary Care – What Medicare Beneficiaries Want and Need from Patient-Centered Medical Homes to Improve Health and Lower Costs

On Friday, July 25, 2014, NCQA and the John A. Hartford Foundation hosted a breakfast briefing in Washington, DC, entitled,Transforming Primary Care: What Medicare Beneficiaries Want and Need from Patient-Centered Medical Homes to Improve Health and Lower Costs.  Primary care often struggles to serve the most complex and expensive Medicare beneficiaries.  The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) holds promise for providing more comprehensive, continuous, and coordinated care for these vulnerable patients.  This briefing built upon results of three public polls of Americans age 65 and over on the nature of their primary care and what they see as opportunities for improvement (more information on the Hartford Foundation’s most recent poll on team care and medical home services can be found here).  Presenters discussed how the current PCMH recognition system, proposed payment mechanisms, and potential legislative and regulatory action can drive better care, improve health outcomes, and reduce public spending.

Briefing Resources

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Resources for Older Adults and Families

Below are resources that older adults and their families might find useful.  If you have resources you would recommend adding, please use our Contact Us form.

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The Alzheimer’s’ Association has tips for people with Alzheimer’s disease, a financial planning guide, a guide to Medicare and Medicaid and a caregiver locator.

Leading Age, formerly The American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, has consumer research on planning for, financing and choosing services, a caregiver locator and fact sheets.

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Public Poll: “Silver and Blue – The Unfinished Business of Mental Health Care for Older Adults”

“It was as if I were falling into a deep dark well and I could not climb out of it.” - Poll Respondent

Large majorities of older Americans with depression, anxiety, or other mental health disorders are receiving treatment that does not meet evidence-based standards, and many do not know that depression can put their health at increased risk, according to a national survey, “Silver and Blue: The Unfinished Business of Mental Health Care for Older Adults,” released on December 13, 2012 by the John A. Hartford Foundation.

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John A. Hartford Foundation Public Poll: “How Does It Feel? The Older Adult Health Care Experience”

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.

 

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