Dually Noted from around the web

February 26, 2016 § Leave a comment

Articles, commentary, research, and more from the past week

The Boston Globe calls for increased caregiver support
Citing a recently published study on the challenges facing family caregivers, a Boston Globe editorial urged “more recognition and better treatment” for caregivers. The editorial explains that family caregivers are often “invisible” to healthcare professionals, even though they are providing the majority of care. The Globe calls for caregivers to have access to their family member’s electronic medical records to improve the connection between caregivers, doctors, nurses and hospitals.

Baker administration seeks new approaches for MassHealth
A report in the Worcester Business Journal states that Governor Charlie Baker’s administration is looking to make major changes to MassHealth. Specifically, the administration hopes to “begin offering Medicaid coverage through accountable care organizations” and establish increased “oversight in the area of long-term services and supports, where Medicaid provides funding for home health visits, nursing home care and other long-term expenses.”

“Big data” and better senior healthcare
On the Community Catalyst blog, a Senior Program Officer at The John A. Hartford Foundation discusses his group’s new report on healthcare for seniors. Based on 2012 Medicare data, the report “breaks down by geographic region where the United States is making progress in patient-centered care for older adults and where improvements are needed.” The findings, the writer says, “can help health system leaders, advocates, and policymakers … understand the composition of Medicare beneficiaries in their communities, those beneficiaries’ experience of care, and whether they are receiving evidence-based health care.”

 

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