Assessing and Predicting Health Risk in the Elderly

Even though more than a third of the elderly are online, they’re not necessarily using the Internet to seek health assistance, explains Marcia Wade, M.D., F.C.C.P., M.M.M., senior medical director at Aetna Medicare. That’s why Aetna delivers its health risk assessment for the elderly in an alternate format while making available other Web-based tools to web-savvy boomer beneficiaries. Dr. Wade also describes Aetna’s user-friendly strategy for heading off high-risk complications among its elderly and how this contributes to an overall reduction in hospital readmissions.

Dr. Wade will explain what to assess in the elderly population, how to match interventions based on risk score and the impact of this type of initiative during Assessing and Predicting Health Risk in the Elderly, a 45-minute webinar on February 10, 2010.

Length: 3:06 minutes

Multi-Payor Medical Home Programs: Addressing Funding and Organizational Challenges

A year into the Colorado multi-payor medical home pilot whose practices provide care to 30,000 patients, Julie Schilz, B.S.N., M.B.A., prescribes a single tool that can help transform practices, improve quality and deliver evidence-based care. It’s NOT an EHR, says the manager of the Improving Performance in Practice and Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) initiatives for the Colorado Clinical Guidelines Collaborative, who lists this tool’s four key functionalities. Also in this interview, Schilz describes the influence of other reimbursement models on the Colorado pilot and identifies two opportunities for NCQA to enhance its PCMH recognition process.

Schilz shared Colorado’s experience to date in creating this multi-payor initiative — from the development of the program to the challenges of working with multiple payors — during the January 20, 2010 webinar, Multi-Payor Medical Home Programs: Addressing Funding and Organizational Challenges.

Length: 6:29 minutes