We developed a comprehensive four-step algorithm for identifying episodes of care for fall-related injuries and associated costs, using fee-for-service Medicare and Medicare Advantage health plan claims data for 2,011 patients from 5 medical groups between 2005 and 2009.
The RAND Summer Institute (RSI) is comprised of conferences addressing critical issues facing our aging population. This video session is from the 22nd Annual RAND Summer Institute, held July 8-9, 2015, in Santa Monica, California.
This study presents data over time from House Calls, a well-established program that provides care for high-risk patients, to provide an example for other new programs that are being established across the United States to serve this population with complex needs.
A Medicare patient who receives a comprehensive health assessment at home is less likely to be hospitalized or admitted to a nursing home over the next year. Such a program results in patients seeing doctors more often, but is likely to reduce costs by trimming the amount of care provided in the most costly settings.
This study examines whether the health and functioning of middle-aged and older adults are associated with an increased likelihood of community-based moves (changing their place of residence, but not to an institutional setting).
Photo by Ingo Bartussek/Fotolia Background Initiated in 2012, the Southwark and Lambeth Integrated Care (SLIC) Older People’s Programme brings together health and social care providers and local people to help maximise the health and independence of older people, aged 65 years and older, through better identification ...
Israel will benefit from bringing a systemic strategic perspective into its policy process. The example of problems associated with an aging population is an illustration of how to use a strategic perspective in an analysis of policy choices.
Disparities in care experienced by older Medicare beneficiaries with depressive symptoms tend to be more negative in managed care. Efforts identify and address barriers these beneficiaries encounter to help them better traverse the managed care environment.
Under the Affordable Care Act, older adults cannot be charged more than three times as much as 21- to 24-year-olds for the same plan. Changing this rule to 5-to-1 may not be a cost-effective way to encourage enrollment among the young and healthy.
As China strives to sustain its upward economic trajectory, it must also address its domestic problems—such as air pollution and the challenges presented by its aging population—if its people are to share fully in the rewards of economic development and expansion.
As Medicare turns 50, skyrocketing health care costs and the aging of baby boomers both threaten the program's long-term viability. One solution that could go a long way would be to change the way the program handles and pays for end-of-life care.