April 28, 2013 - In a well told story, Ezra Klein, of the Washington Post, describes the work HQP does and reasons why HQP's approach to combating chronic illness in aging seniors saves money and lives. To read the piece on the Post's website, CLICK HERE. There is so much more that we already can do and so much more to learn by continuing to advance this work.
Since 2010, HQP has had the privilege of serving high-risk Medicare Advantage members of Aetna cared for by participating primary care practices in HQP's core service area of southeast Pennsylvania. HQP provides essentially the same interventions to eligible Aetna members as delivered to traditional fee for service Medicare beneficiaries in the Medicare Coordinated Care Demonstration. The results - fewer hospitalizations and lower cost. To see the last two Aetna press releases CLICK HERE (Jan 2013) and HERE (Nov 2011).
Compared to those receiving usual care, the HQP community-based care management model reduced deaths by 25% among chronically ill older adults. That's the conclusion of a study by HQP researchers published July 17 in the online, open access journal, PLoS Medicine - for free access to the full article CLICK HERE. And unlike many drug and device interventions, this result was achieved with no known adverse effects by using a longitudinal nursing intervention provided in collaboration with primary care physicians and other key assets of the health system.
HQP's program of nurse care management has been reported to reduce hospitalizations 33% and lower Medicare expenditures 22% among higher-risk, chronically ill Medicare beneficiaries in an article by Brown et al, in the June 2012 issue of Health Affairs; Six Features of Medicare Coordinated Care Demonstration Programs That Cut Hospital Admissions of High-Risk Patients. For a look at the Health Affairs abstract CLICK HERE (access to the full version requires a subscription to that journal).