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CCCHC Research Findings—Fall 2013

The fall 2013 Altarum Survey of Consumer Health Care Opinions is the fifth in an ongoing series of semiannual surveys produced by the Altarum Institute Center for Consumer Choice in Health Care.

Developing a Better Collections Forecasting Model for the Veterans Health Administration

The Veterans Health Administration Chief Business Office is responsible for developing a 10-year Medical Care Collections Fund President’s Budget submission and subsequently distributing the President’s Budget to individual Veteran Integrated Service Networks and VA Medical Centers.

JAMA: Reliable and Sustainable Comprehensive Care for Frail Elderly People

Those lucky enough to grow old—including millions of Baby Boomers—face a health care system not designed to meet the real needs of very old people for continuity of care, community-based services, access to nutrition and transportation, and help for family caregivers.

The Business Case for Racial Equity - Bev Smith Radio Show

Ani Turner, Deputy Director for Altarum’s Center for Sustainable Health Spending, appeared on the nationally syndicated Bev Smith radio show to discuss the latest study by Altarum and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation on “The Business Case for Racial Equity.”

MediCaring

MediCaring is the exciting idea that Americans can learn to build reliable, effective, and efficient arrangements for services to support one another when we face the serious chronic conditions associated with very old age or the last years of life — and that such a care system will be quite different from the one we have now.

Groundbreaking Study on Care Transitions Yields Substantial Results, JAMA Study Says

A recent study published in JAMA yields major results in terms of quality, cost, and patient experience.

Caregiver Corps: Tapping a Nation of Caring People

A Caregiver Corps could address important social issues, such as workforce development, economic security, intergenerational respect, skill-building, and national service.

No Wrong Door for Our Nation’s Vets

The VCAT model is a national best practice that has been piloted, implemented, and sustained for more than 5 years in San Diego, California, and San Antonio, Texas, by service providers, advocates, volunteers, and other community leaders who demonstrate their support every day.

Improving Life for the Oldest Among Us: Altarum Roundtable Highlights Options

Nearly 300 people participated in a September Altarum Roundtable, “Advanced Old Age in America: What Can We Count On?”

Improving Care Coordination through Health IT Adoption

The Michigan Center for Effective Information Technology Adoption was established in 2010 to help physicians select, adopt, and implement EHRs.

A National Network for Health Care Transformation

The Regional Extension Center (REC) program was created to provide direct technical assistance to accelerate electronic health record (EHR) adoption. The RECs are a national learning network that provides on-the-ground assistance to help providers incorporate technology into care delivery.

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Recovery Month 2013

September is Recovery Month! The Access to Recovery team is celebrating with several exciting initiatives to get the word out: recovery is possible and ATR is making a difference!

Commonwealth and Altarum: Working for Mary

The Altarum Institute Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness is at the vanguard of improvement efforts, providing technical assistance and consulting services to programs nationwide as they work to improve care transitions—a move that would, in turn, result in fewer unnecessary hospitalizations, controlled costs, and better patient and family experiences.

Community Dashboard Health Impact Assessment

Heath impact assessment, or how the health of a community is affected by socioeconomic and other factors, is a key concept in measuring, tracking, and creating planned change in a community. Altarum’s Community Dashboard Project is creating a tool that does exactly that.

ACE Measure™

Consumer involvement in health care decisions results in safer, more effective, and less expensive health care.

CCCHC Research Findings - Spring/Summer 2013

This report covers several areas. To begin, it describes consumer health characteristics, cost sharing, health care utilization, and general perceptions about satisfaction with care. Next, it describes consumers’ preferred roles in decisions about health care and characteristics associated with wanting an active role.

Improving the Veterans Benefit Administration Independent Living Program

The number of Veterans who require assistance to live independently and achieve gainful employment is expected to increase exponentially over the coming years.

VA Health Eligibility Center Enrollment Project

Recent changes in federal regulations meant that more than 200,000 Veterans became eligible for health care services through the Veterans Health Administration, which serves some 8 million of the country’s 23 million Veterans. The Veterans Health Administration contracted Altarum Institute to develop and implement a marketing and communications strategy to reach these Veterans, providing information and encouraging them to apply for enrollment in VA.

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Federal Advisory Committees Support

Altarum's Digital Communications Support team provides program management and technical support to the Office of the National Coordinator's (ONC) Federal Advisory Committees (FACAs).

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