In order to advance our mission of improving the health of older adults, Hartford Foundation staff and grantees use the power of convenings, educational programs and publications to develop and disseminate new ideas, opportunities and best practices. We encourage you to explore the News and Events section for the latest breaking information and innovations related to the care of older adults.
Earlier this month, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) announced the new cohort of T. Franklin Williams and Jahnigen Career Development Award Scholars for 2014. Both the Williams and Jahnigen Awards provide supplemental career development support to academic geriatricians or medical and surgical subspecialists who have received a National Institute on Aging (NIA) GEMSSTAR Award (Grants for Early Medical/Surgical Subspecialists’ Transition to Aging Research).
The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) has released a Clinical Practice Guideline for Postoperative Delirium in Older Adults, designed to enable healthcare professionals and hospital systems to implement actionable, evidence-based measures to prevent and treat this life-threatening problem, the most common postoperative complication in older adults.
On Thursday, Hartford senior program officer Amy Berman was part of a panel that spoke on "Integrating Palliative Care Into Managed Care for the Good of Patients," sponsored by The American Journal of Managed Care. Amy Berman provided the perspective from a patient who chose palliative care after being diagnosed with stage four inflammatory breast cancer and have continued to defy the odds. Among the other speakers was a nurse educator as well as payer-physicians.
A $1.6 million, four-year grant to augment the federal evaluation of the Hospital at Home health care model and lay the groundwork for widespread dissemination and implementation was recently approved by the John A. Hartford Foundation Board of Trustees. The new grant complements a $9.6 million Health Care Innovation Award from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (the CMS Innovation Center)—one of just 39 awards made nationally—to deliver and test a version of Hospital at Home called the Mobile Acute Care Team at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, NY. The Hartford Foundation’s support of the Hospital at Home model goes back two decades, from its development at Johns Hopkins University, through multi-site testing, to early dissemination.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule that would revise the current conditions of participation (CoPs) that home health agencies (HHAs) must meet in order to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The proposed requirements would focus on the care delivered to patients by home health agencies, reflect an interdisciplinary view of patient care, allow home health agencies greater flexibility in meeting quality care standards, and eliminate unnecessary procedural requirements. Comments must be received no later than 5:00 PM on December 8, 2014.