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1 Healthy Aging and the Importance of Transitions of Care Rob Schreiber MD Chief Medical Officer, HSL American College of Health Care Administrators March 17, 2011

2 Objectives Environmental Scan: review the prevalence, cost and impact of chronic Illness in our health system. Discuss importance of prevention and health promotion to reduce risk of chronic illness impact Discuss the opportunities for the Aging Service Provider network to partner with medical system through the ACA act to reinvent healthcare Discuss present and future innovative opportunities that can redefine health care delivery and improve health outcomes while lowering costs

3 The New Reality Healthcare consumes now 18% of GDP and will increase to 34% by 2040 79% of US healthcare $ spent on chronic care Medicaid expenditures are growing so rapidly that states can not meet demand Nursing home beds are decreasing in the communities Health care reform is going to result in payment for outcomes and not service

4 We Face an Epidemic of Unparalleled Proportions More than 1.7 million Americans die of a chronic disease each year. One-third of the years of potential life lost before age 65 is due to chronic disease. Four chronic diseases—heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes—cause almost two-thirds of all deaths each year. Mensah:

5 Number of Chronic Conditions per Medicare Beneficiary Number of Conditions Percent of Beneficiaries Percent of Expenditures 0181 1194 22111 318 41221 5718 6313 7+214 63% 95%

6 NCOA Survey of Chronic Conditions: Findings 2009 The survey examines the attitudes of Americans with chronic conditions and explores their quality of life, health needs and experiences with the health care system A bleak and broken health care system for millions of Americans suffering from a variety of chronic conditions. The survey also identifies barriers to self-care and what is needed to better manage overall health. Points to need for cost-effective self-management programs and support as part of comprehensive health reform disease/healthier-lives.html

7 Diversity in who is affected and how. Hurting, tired, depressed and stressed Reliance on healthcare system that’s not working Need help learning how to take better care of my health in a way that works for me and my life Have multiple health problems and conditions make it difficult for them to take better care of myself Struggles – Delaying medical care – Barriers to self-care Seeking realistic, practical, customized help Themes from People with Chronic Conditions

8 Life Expectancy by Health Care Spending Mensah:

9 The IOM Quality report: A New Health System for the 21st Century “The current care systems cannot do the job.” “Trying harder will not work.” “Changing care systems will.”

10 IOM Report: Six Aims for Improving Health Systems Safe - avoids injuries Effective - relies on scientific knowledge Patient-centered - responsive to patient needs, values and preferences Timely - avoids delays Efficient - avoids waste Equitable - quality unrelated to personal characteristics

11 Retooling for an Aging America:Building the HealthCare Workforce IOM 2008 Report Calls for a fundamental reform in the way we care for older adults

12 IOM Retooling Taskforce Three Prong Approach Enhance the competence of all individuals in the delivery of geriatric care Increase the recruitment and retention of geriatric specialists and caregivers; and Redesign models of care and broaden provider and patient roles to achieve greater flexibility.

13 What Impacts Health Most? Source: McGinnis and Foege, JAMA 1996 & the CDC

14 “Actual Causes of Death” Behavioral Risk Factors Behavior% of deaths, 2000 – Smoking19% – Poor diet & nutrition/14% Physical inactivity – Alcohol 5% – Infections, pneumonia 4% – Racial, ethnic, economic ? Disparities McGinnis & Foege, JAMA, 1993; Mokdad et al, JAMA, 2004

15 U.S Preventative Services Task Forces Principal Findings Most effective interventions address personal health practices: smoking diet, safety, physical activity, substance abuse Need more selectivity guided by individual risk factors Counseling and patient education are most important criteria than certain diagnostic tests Preventative services could be incorporated into visits for illness Patients need to assume greater responsibility for their health

16 Healthy aging is a systems change strategy, not simply a program or service. Healthy Aging ……More than a program


18 Challenges Facing Medical Care Providers and Health Systems Payment for Quality, prevention and outcomes Penalized for bad outcomes Freezing of payments and/or cuts in Medicare payments Public Report Cards show a significant gap in best practice and the care delivered Being asked to restructure and redesign process of care Dong more with less

19 Estimated Cumulative Percentage Changes in National Health Care Expenditures, 2010 through 2019, Given Implementation of Possible Approaches to Spending Reform. HIT denotes health information technology, NP nurse practitioner, and PA physician assistant Estimated Cumulative Percentage Changes in National Health Care Expenditures, 2010 through 2019, Given Implementation of Possible Approaches to Spending Reform. HIT denotes health information technology, NP nurse practitioner, and PA physician assistant NEJM, November 26, 2009, Volume 361:2109-2011, Hussey et al.

20 “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” Focus on 4 issues relevant to healthcare reform 1.Providers 2.Self-Management 3.Care Coordination – requires three “I”s: information, infrastructure, and incentives 4.Research – Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) – Integration of the PCORI’s research findings with decision supports, guidelines, and other aspects of EHR

21 “Patient Protection and Affordable Act” Lays groundwork for wide-ranging continuum of care reform Establishes framework for care coordination CLASS –Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Office of Dual Eligible CMS Innovation Center

22 ACA Promoting Innovation Testing of programs that will lead to improvements in care coordination Expand beyond a narrow medicalized scope of practice toward connecting older adults in need of long-term care to supportive service in the community Transformation of payment and delivery system models of care such as ACO, medical health homes Bundling of payments for acute and post-acute services Funding to expand provider base to deliver long-term care services through direct workforce investments

23 A Different Health System Evolving Self-management, self-determination, self- advocacy Community-based, collaborative solutions Prevention in delay of sickness and impairment Evidenced based outcomes, comparative effectiveness Development of Health Aging Communities Challenge ageism, health disparities

24 Value Proposition Quality/Cost “Outcomes not service” is the new mantra for community based providers – Jim Firman CEO of NCOA Health system is transforming-what will be your role in it??? – Will you act or react? – Goal is to be relevant, add value

25 Opportunities For Aging Service Providers: Preventing Hospitalizations Preventing Readmissions-improving transitions from Hospital to Home – Care Transitions Program – STARR Program – MA QIO Homecare Intervention – Project RED – Project BOOST Avoidable hospitalizations through community interventions

26 National Perpective 17.6% of Medicare beneficiaries are re- hospitalized within 30 days of discharge, accounting for $15 billion in spending Estimates show that 76% of these readmissions may be preventable Of Medicare beneficiaries re-admitted within 30 days, 64% receive no post-acute care between discharge and re-admission Source: MedPAC:June 2007 Report To Congress: Promoting Greater Efficiency in Medicare

27 Hospitals are Dangerous Places for Elderly Patients A frail, demented 81 yo woman with frequent falls and previous bleeding in her brain is incidentally found to have AF on a routine cardiologist visit and is admitted to the hospital for anticoagulation. A delirious 85 yo woman brought to the ED for blood in her urine is restrained and given large doses of antipsychotics for a head CT scan. A dying 90 yo woman with AD is given atenolol, lisinopril, lipitor, and aspirin for heart disease.

28 Danger Also Lurks in Transitions to and from the Acute Hospital Thyroid medication is never resumed upon discharge. Patient is severely hypothyroid 6 months later. Hospital decision not to treat future pneumonias in a 90 yo woman with end- stage Parkinson’s Disease is never transmitted to the NH and she is readmitted for pneumonia 1 week later. Family is angry about early discharge to a skilled nursing facility, unaware of a rehabilitation plan.

29 Adverse Events Common Coming and Going 46% of hospitalized patients have 1 or more regularly taken medications omitted without explanation. Potential for harm estimated at 39%. – Cornish Arch Int Med 2005; 165: 424-9 Transfers from NH to hospital have an average of 3 med changes. 20% lead to adverse drug events. – Boockvar Arch Int Med 2004 (164) 545-50 19 % have 1+ adverse events within 3 weeks of d/chg. 66% are adverse drug events. – Forster et al. Annals of Internal Med 2003;138:161-7

30 Provider Issues Cookbook medicine and the fear of litigation, demerits, or income penalties. Poor communication of patient meds, history, and preferences. Losing the forest for the trees: No quarterback, fragmentation of care by subspecialties Lack of geriatric knowledge and perspective Failure to involve patients and caregivers

31 Hospitalization is often bad for frail nursing home patients Many hospitalizations can be avoided by improving care in the NH setting Financial and regulatory incentives are likely to change over the next few year We can improve care and avoid unnecessary expenditures –Savings can be re-invested to further improve care Impact on quality MDS indicators Why try to Reduce Hospitalizations in the Nursing Home?

32 N Engl J Med 2009; 360:1418-28 1 in 5 Medicare fee-for-service Hospitalized patients are re-admitted within 30 days



35 Clinical Causes of Rehospitalizations 70% of post-surgical hospitalizations are for medical reasons such as pneumonia, heart failure and sepsis Roughly 90% of hospitalization with in 3 days appear to be unplanned and a result of clinical deterioration



38 EB Interventions to Prevent Rehospitalizations STARR Initiative (IHI) Medicare 9 th Scope of Work Care Transitions Program Project RED Project Boost Interact II Tool MOLST/POLST

39 STARR Initiative (State Action on Avoidable Re-hospitalizations) IHI led Commonwealth Funded 3 states-MA, MI, WA Goals – Reduce Statewide 30-day rehospitalization rates by 30% – Increase patient and family satisfaction with transitions in care and with coordination of care – 20 hospitals in Commonwealth have project teams

40 Medicare 9 th Scope of Work Care Transitions Initiative Fourteen state QIOs Goal: – Prevent rehospitalizations and improve care transitions – Identify and work with one defined cohesive cross-setting community with common referral patterns for health care 10/14 Using the Care Transitions Program

41 Care Transitions Program TM 4 week process involving – Care Transitions Coaches TM – Implementation of the CARE (Continuity Assessment Record & Evaluation) Tool – Focus on medication self management, red flags, followup, PHR RCT showing significant decrease in rehospitalization rates at 30 and 90 days Coleman et al., Arch Int Med, 2006,



44 Project RED (Re-engineered Discharge) Goal: Reduce rehospitalizations by using – In hospital nurse discharge – After Hospital Care Plan – After Discharge Clinical Pharmacist Call AHRQ Funded RCT Results – improved readiness for discharge – improved PCP follow-up – 30% decrease in overall hospital use (ER, inpatient) A Reengineered Hospital Discharge Program to Decrease Rehospitalization: A Randomized Trial, Jack et al., Ann Intern Med. 2009;150:178-187.

45 MOLST/POLST Medical/Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment(MOLST) POLST paradigm exists in 20 states Goal: establish a standardized process for communicating patient’s end of life care wishes across the continuum Part of an advanced caring process Being piloted In MA ST_presentation.pps ST_presentation.pps,

46 Nursing Home Hospitalizations and Readmissions: A Particular Problem

47 Hospitalization of Nursing Home Residents  Common  Expensive  Often traumatic to the resident and family  Fraught with many complications of hospitalization (e.g. deconditioning, delirium, incontinence/catheter use, pressure ulcers, polypharmacy)  Sometimes an inappropriate use of the emergency room and acute hospital

48 As many as 45% of admissions of nursing home residents to acute hospitals may be inappropriate Saliba et al, J Amer Geriatr Soc 48:154-163, 2000 In 2004 in NY, Medicare spent close to $200 million on hospitalization of long-stay NH residents for “ambulatory care sensitive diagnoses” Grabowski et al, Health Affairs 26: 1753-1761, 2007

49  Of ~1.8 million SNF admissions in the U.S. in 2006, 23.5% were re-admitted to an acute hospital within 30 days  In Massachusetts the rate is 26%  Cost of these readmissions = $4.3 billion Mor et al. Health Affairs 29 (No. 1): 57-64, 2010 Hospital Readmissions within 30 days from SNFs are common

50 Common Reasons for Transfers  Medical instability  Availability of:  On-site primary care providers  Stat tests, IVs  Inadequate assessments to identify early changes  Communication gaps  Family issues/preferences  Lack of advance directives (DNR, DNH)

51 Reducing hospitalizations from NHs will be challenging due to lack of infrastructure, on-site clinical support, and incentives to manage residents without transfer Current incentives all favor hospitalization The Challenge of Decreasing Hospitalizations

52 What are the Incentives for Providers? Hospital reimbursement Physician reimbursement Qualification for skilled nursing facility stay Liability

53 $ Costs HIGH LOW Quality LOW HIGH Costs Avoided $ $ Incentives for Providers (Value Based Purchasing or “P4P”) Improved Quality, Reduced Costs Reduced Avoidable Acute Care Transfers Value Proposition for Reducing Avoidable Hospitalizations

54 Assume:  Among 1.5 million NH residents in the U.S., ~1/3 will be hospitalized in one year = 450,000 hospitalizations  The cost of each hospitalization is ~ $6,500 for a hospital DRG payment, plus a 30 day SNF stay for 1/3 of those hospitalized at $350/day = $10,000 per hospitalization How Much Can Be Saved to Reinvest in Quality ? Total cost: $ 4.5 billion

55 How Much Can Be Saved to Reinvest in Quality? % of hospitalizations avoidable Estimated Medicare savings on avoidable hospitalizations 30%$ 1.4 billion 40%$ 1.8 billion 50%$ 2.3 billion

56 Two Tools to Decrease Hospitalizations and Rehospitalizations Interact Toolkit Rehospitalization Avoidance Program

57 Interact II Toolkit Goal: – Improve quality of care in nursing homes – Reduce patients transfers form nursing homes to hospitals Major focus – Improve clinical assessment skills by nurses – Improve communication tools – Increase advance care planning

58 A Toolkit to Improve Nursing Home Care by Reducing Avoidable Acute Care Transfers and Hospitalizations Developed based on interviews and ratings of avoidability, and Expert Panel ratings of importance and feasibility Care Paths Communication Tools Advance Care Planning Tools

59 A Rehospitalization Reduction Program on a Geriatric Skilled Nursing Unit Randi Berkowitz MD –lead physician Funded by Practice Change fellowship

60 Target Population All admissions to the RSU subacute unit 1000 admissions a year Multiple academic institution referral sources Medical/Surgical patients Predominant geriatric patients 3NP/3MD- geriatric and palliative care certified

61 Why decrease readmissions? I.Excellence in care – Decrease errors – patient satisfaction – staff satisfaction II.Financial – Increased referrals – subacute beds long-term care – census – reimbursement/patient

62 Reducing AVOIDABLE hospital transfers

63 Reduce AVOIDABLE hospital transfers Approach to the Problem: Admission MD standardized discussions Communication family and PCP High risk patients – Automatic Palliative Care consult – Flag for entire team

64 Reduce AVOIDABLE hospital transfers Approach to the Problem: Stay on the Unit Team Improvement for the Patient and Safety (TIPS) conference Call to hospital Root cause analysis

65 Reduce AVOIDABLE hospital transfers Approach to the Problem: Home Discharge Project RED – Written home care plan from electronic medical record – Making specific for geriatric use E.g. advance directives, diet, VNA, assistive devices Standardized discharge summaries

66 Process and Outcome Measures Admission – 90% patients have discussion with MD prognosis rehospitalizations past 6 months Communication family and PCP – Patient/ family satisfaction survey


68 Preliminary Data Unplanned Transfers January 2008- June 2009 compared with post TIPS July 2009-November 2009 Massachusetts 30 day 22-28% Pre-intervention16.9% Post-intervention12.7% Rate Reduction-24.7%

69 Opportunities For Aging Service Providers and LTC Organizations: Care Coordination Care Coordination/Integration Referral to EBP Community Prevention Programs Patient Centered Medical Homes

70 Evidenced based Programs Disseminated in MA Healthy Eating for Successful Living in Older Adults Stanford University’s Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (My Life, My Health) A Matter of Balance (Falls Prevention) Fit For your Life (Physical Activity) Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program Diabetes Self-Management Program

71 National Initiative Surgeon General “Americans will be more likely to change their behavior if they have a meaningful reward-- something more than just reaching a certain weight or dress size. The real reward is invigorating, energizing, joyous health. It is a level of health that allows people to embrace each day and live their lives to the fullest without disease or disability.” - VADM Regina M. Benjamin, M.D., M.B.A., Surgeon General

72 National Initiative: Endorsement AoA CDC AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) ASA/ NCOA CMS ARRA Funds

73 My Life My Health A Chronic Disease Self-Management Program In Massachusetts Massachusetts Department of Public Health & The Executive Office of Elder Affairs

74 My Life My Health: Chronic Disease Self-Management Program My Life My Health: EBP In Practice Participant Benefits Six Months Later Increased exercise Better coping strategies and symptom management Improvement in self-rated health, disability, social and role activities and health distress Increased energy Decreased fatigue Decreased disability Fewer visits to the doctor and hospitalizations

75 Massachusetts Department of Public Health & The Executive Office of Elder Affairs My Life My Health: Chronic Disease Self-Management Program My Life My Health: EBP In Practice Participant Benefits Two Years Later No further increase in disability Decreased health distress Decreased visits to the doctor and emergency room Increased self-efficacy Saved from $390 to $520 per patient over the two year study (1999)

76 EB Programs by the numbers … More than 400 community-based program leaders and trainers through Massachusetts More than 90 community sites, including Senior Centers and Councils on Aging, Residential Settings, Neighborhood Health Centers, outpatient clinics, Family Service Centers currently offer programs More than 3200 older adult participants throughout the Commonwealth

77 Contact Information Joan Hatem-Roy, LICSW Assistant Executive Director Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc. 360 Merrimack Street, Bldg. 5 Lawrence, MA 01843 978-683-7747 Jennifer Raymond Director of Evidence-based Programs Hebrew SeniorLife / Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc. 1200 Centre Street Boston, MA 02113 1-617-363-8319 1-800-892-0890 For participant referrals or to learn more about program opportunities

78 Opportunities For Aging Service Providers: Building Healthy Aging Communities Involvement with dissemination of Evidenced- based Programs Building healthy communities through chronic care coordination, prevention and self- empowerment and efficacy Being part of the leadership solution for implementing a chronic care model in communities Getting best outcomes for populations involved with caring for no matter what the setting

79 Conclusion ACA has changed the playing field Rehospitalizations are going to be a prime focus of health care in the coming years New system paradigm will be needed to meet the demand for prevention of readmissions Critical role of Community Providers of Aging Network and LTC organizations for care coordination and self-management Healthy Aging Communities need to be a goal and bringing the hospital into the community will be one significant approach

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