Director's Corner: Research Roundup - Patient Engagement Pitfalls and Possibilities

I’m pleased to share two recent articles by our team that were published in the latest issue of The Journal of Ambulatory Care Management. The first article, “Perspectives on How to Engage Consumers in Health System Transformation,” suggests that consumers...

Low Income Transit Riders in Rhode Island Find Their Voice

Earlier this year, RIPTA raised transit fares to 50 cents for a one-way ride plus 25 cents for a transfer. The fare increase was a disaster for low income elderly and disabled riders.

Eldercare Voices: Championing Oral Health for Older Adults

Deborah Jacobi, RDH, MA Dr. Sarah Crane is board certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine and practices in Rochester, Minnesota. She, along with a mentor, Dr. Linda A. Ward, are also oral health champions.  Dr. Crane shared with me...

What Consumer Advocates Need to Know About the New MACRA Quality Payment Program Rule

It would have been easy to miss it with the frenzied activity around the Senate health care bills these past few weeks, but on June 20, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed regulation laying out...

New Center Program: Connect Respected Health Care Experts with Consumer Advocates to Improve Care

An essential aspect of the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation’s mission to improve care for vulnerable and historically underserved communities is to support consumer health leaders as they advocate for health system change. To that end, this week...

A Medicaid and Medicare Anniversary That Brings Uncertainty for Dual Eligibles

As the Senate continues to debate health care proposals that could result in significant cuts to vital public programs, we want to talk about the importance of Medicaid and Medicare to the population that crucially depends on both programs working...

Director's Corner: The National Academy of Medicine Points the Way to Improved Care for High-Needs Patients

  Last week, I had the honor of speaking at the National Academy of Medicine in Washington, D.C., at the release of the Academy’s new special report, “Effective Care for High-Need Patients: Opportunities for Improving Outcomes, Value, and Health.” This...

Capping Medicaid: Lost Home Care Jobs Would Increase the Burden on Family Caregivers

Both the House-passed version of ACA repeal legislation, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), and the Senate’s version currently under deliberation – the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) – include a particularly debilitating change: a per capita cap system of...

Eldercare Voices: Understanding the Unique Health Needs and Vulnerabilities of LGBT Older Adults

David Griffith Why should providers in the medical and social services spheres care about the sexual orientations and gender identities of the older adults they serve? Despite the progress we’ve seen around LGBT acceptance over the past several years, many...
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