Access to reliable transportation is a major concern for many seniors, who can often find it difficult to attend medical appointments. Here’s how a visit from a care transitions coach helped one senior solve the problem. Shamael, one of Partners’ care transitions coaches, recently visited Howard, a patient at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Beverly Hills. Howard, who lives in the San Fernando Valley, told Shamael he was having trouble affording the costs of getting to and from his medical appointments, and was spending upwards of $50 per ride on ...
August 18, 2016Daylyn Presley
Kathy Kirchhoff, who recently joined the Partners in Care Board of Directors, is Managing Director at Cain Brothers, Long Beach, and a senior banker in the firm’s Post-Acute Care practice. Reproduced here, with the kind permission of Cain Brothers, is her recent op ed on the social determinants of health, and the critical role of community-based services in managing healthcare costs, and improving health outcomes.
August 18, 2016Daylyn Presley
In a ground-breaking pilot collaboration, Partners has teamed up with the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) to provide health coaching to 911 ‘super users,’ and other callers in need of community-based services. Starting in June, trained health coaches will help individuals referred by the fire department to manage their healthcare needs, including connecting that person to a regular doctor, helping connect them with transportation services, and setting up access to other key community programs. LAFD’s Emergency Medical Service (EMS) deals with everything from gunshot wounds to stubbed toes, responding to ...
August 15, 2016Daylyn Presley
Rita attended a Better Choices, Better Health workshop after being referred by her healthcare insurer. Eighteen months on from the class, we caught up with her to find out how she’s doing now. “I’ve been diagnosed with major depression – that’s since I was a youngster – hypertension, COPD (although they’re now saying I don’t have that, but we’ll see) and just before the workshop started I had a knee replacement. I was homebound for the most part – not a good thing for someone who’s depressive, but active ...
August 9, 2016Daylyn Presley
Following a three-year pilot, data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) clearly shows that the Community-Based Care Transitions Program (CCTP) has significantly reduced the number of people being readmitted to hospital within 30 days. According to national CMS data, nearly one in five Medicare patients discharged from a hospital—approximately 2.6 million seniors annually—are readmitted within a month, at a cost of over $26 billion. Partners has been running the CCTP program in eleven hospitals across Kern County, Glendale and West Los Angeles, providing trained health coaches to work with ...
August 8, 2016Daylyn Presley
Joseph and Richard both attended a six-week Healthier Living Class at a senior center in Northridge. Here’s what they had to say about their experiences. Joseph “Many times if you can be pro-active about your health it’s good. Preventative medicine gets overlooked, but it can help to be in a group environment where there’s a lot of trust – that helps everybody. I signed up because I have COPD. It’s helped me. The text books were really good. It gave an outline on how to handle things. I’ve learned that I ...
June 21, 2016Daylyn Presley
Executives from across the healthcare industry attended the 17th Annual Tribute Dinner which honored Don Crane, President & CEO of CAPG, with the 2016 Partners in Care Vision and Excellence in Healthcare Leadership Award. The award, which was presented at the Beverly Hilton on May 9, has been given annually since 2000, and is in recognition of an individual who has affected pioneering change as a healthcare visionary. See photographs from the event here. The event honored Don Crane for his long-standing leadership and advocacy for clinically integrated, comprehensive, and ...
May 24, 2016Daylyn Presley
Partners in Care Foundation’s President and CEO, June Simmons, has been awarded the prestigious American Society on Aging (ASA) Hall of Fame Award. The award, which was presented to June at the recent ASA Aging in America Conference, honors an individual who has, through a lifetime of advocacy and leadership, enhanced the lives of elders with demonstrated leadership on the national level. Commenting on the honor, ASA’s President and CEO, Robert Stein said, “June’s extensive experience in healthcare administration, coupled with her work, passion, and leadership in aging, prepared her well to ...
April 13, 2016Daylyn Presley
The John A. Hartford Foundation has awarded The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), a 3-year grant of nearly $3 million to support the development of a National Resource Center to advance business acumen in the aging services network. The Center will provide training and disseminate tools that help community-based organizations contract with health systems to deliver social services integrated with medical care that can help keep older adults, as healthy, strong and independent as possible. This initiative builds on investments by The John A. Hartford Foundation, in ...
April 13, 2016Daylyn Presley
Students from Cal State University Northridge (CSUN) spent two days learning how to help older adults avoid falls during a recent Matter of Balance Coach Training at Partners in Care Foundation. Matter of Balance classes are being held in locations across California in an effort to combat the alarming rate of falls among older adults. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data reveals that one out of three older adults falls each year, resulting in 734,000 hospitalizations annually. Matter of Balance classes help older adults reduce their fear of falling and ...
March 8, 2016Daylyn Presley