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Jessie Gruman, founding president of the Center for Advancing Health, died on July 14, 2014 after a fifth bout with cancer. She was a hero to patients, families, and health care providers for her selfless work to help people better understand their role and responsibilities in supporting their own health. In the in a recent Health Affairs Blog post, Amy Berman, Hartford Foundation Senior Program Officer, honors and remembers Ms. Gruman as the "elegant, gracious, yet fierce warrior advocate" she was. "She remained centered through the end of her days on improving the health of others."
Christopher Langston, program director of the Hartford Foundation, was quoted in Kaiser Health News on the progress of the Affordable Care Act's $10 billion investment: the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), one of the federal government's most ambitious attempts ever to test new kinds of payment and care management to lower health care costs and improve quality. The article reveals CMMI's expansive portfolio testing innovative models of care around the country and its "drop in the bucket" price tag relative to the Centers fo Medicare and Medicaid Services' $1 trillion annual spending and the proposed savings CMMI would offer taxpayers.
The New York Times New Old Age Blog recently featured the Care Transitions Intervention program developed by Dr. Eric Coleman, Hartford grantee and MacArthur Genius. The Care Transitions Intervention program aims to lower rehospitalizations—about one Medicare patient in five returns to the hospital within a month. As part of the program, if patients agree, a coach comes to their homes—generally a nurse, sometimes a social worker or other health care professional—two to four days after discharge and spends up to an hour asking about patients’ goals as they recover, discussing medications, and coaching patients on self-advocacy in the health care system. Dr. Coleman’s brainchild has spread to over 900 hospitals, care organizations, Medicare Advantage plans, and area agencies on aging around the country.
For seriously ill Medicare patients, making the choice to receive palliative care is often a difficult one. In order to receive hospice counseling and care, patients often have to make a decision to stop curative treatments for their disease. However, with a new pilot program called Medicare Care Choices Model, the 30,000 patients who will be enrolled in the program will be able to receive hospice care concurrently with potentially curative treatments. Hartford grantee and director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care, Dr. Diane Meier, spoke more about the issue to NPR.
In light of a recently launched pilot program that will allow patients under hospice care to receive curative treatments, Diane Meiers, direct of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) as well as Hartford grantee, speaks on the significance of such a program and what this may mean in changing the approach that doctors have toward dying patients.