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The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (link: rwjf.org) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (link: uwphi.pophealth.wisc.edu). County Health Rankings measure vital health factors, including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, access to healthy foods, the quality of

AGing Integrated Database (AGID)

The Administration on Aging AGing Integrated Database (AGID) is an on-line query system based on Administration for Community Living (ACL)-related data files and surveys, and includes population characteristics from the Census Bureau for comparison purposes. Different options through AGID provide different levels of focus and aggregation of the data. To

MediCaring Blog: Purchasing Value- Not Yet Right for Medicare’s Frail Elders

Republished with permission from: http://medicaring.org/2015/02/25/purchasing-value/ By Joanne Lynn In late January, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell announced that Medicare would purchase most services on the basis of value rather than volume, aiming for 90% of fee-for-service payments by 2018 [http://www.hhs.gov/blog/2015/01/26/progress-towards-better-care-smarter-spending-healthier-people.html]. Of course, paying on the basis

MediCaring Blog: High and Worsening Symptom Prevalence in the Last Year of Life

Republished with permission from: http://medicaring.org/2015/02/02/symptom-prevalence/ by Adam Singer Symptoms such as pain and confusion are very distressing for those nearing the end of life and their families. That’s why increasing attention to end-of-life care is spurring greater interest in alleviating such symptoms as a critical component of quality of life. Yet there

MediCaring Blog: The Evidence that the Readmissions Rate (Readmissions/Hospital Discharges) is Malfunctioning as a Performance Measure

Dr. Joanne Lynn

Republished with permission from: http://medicaring.org/2015/01/26/evaluation-flaws/ By Joanne Lynn M.D. [Also see companion post by Stephen F. Jencks, M.D., M.P.H.] Care transitions improvement programs have been effective in helping the health care system both become more effective in serving people living with serious chronic conditions and reduce costs. However, the key metric

MediCaring Blog: Protecting Hospitals That Improve Population Health

Republished with permission from: http://medicaring.org/2015/01/26/evaluation-flaws/ by Stephen F. Jencks, M.D., M.P.H. [Also see companion post by Joanne Lynn, M.D.] Issue. The Medicare Readmission Reduction Program (MRRP) encourages hospitals to reduce readmissions within 30 days of discharge by imposing substantial financial penalties on hospitals with more readmissions than would be expected if the same patients

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