Strategies are needed to engage hospitals in chronic-care innovations. Read more about the business case for chronic care in the acute-care setting (PDF link).
The Medicare Innovations Collaborative (MedIC) seeks to advocate and effect changes in healthcare policy by focusing on efforts to improve healthcare delivery for complex multimorbid adults in the inpatient setting. This will be accomplished through an ongoing collaboration with policymakers, government officials, hospital administrators, physicians, and researchers.
One of our early priorities is to organize a small group of hospitals and health systems capable of implementing acute and transitional care solutions for Medicare patients with multiple chronic illnesses. These learning "laboratories" will ultimately result in a geriatric line of service — a portfolio of innovative models of care — that will inform the larger and longer-term debate on healthcare policy and will have immediate and positive impact on hospitals and the older adults for whom they care.
MedIC is currently working with six health systems to test one or more innovative programs designed to improve care for Medicare patients with multiple chronic conditions.
MedIC is spearheaded by national leaders in geriatric medicine and is funded through a grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies. We invite hospitals and health systems looking to transform care of older patients to join us in our mission.
Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) - Mercy recently became a “Planetree Designated Patient-Centered Hospital” by Planetree, Inc. Read more.
At the one-year mark, all six sites working with MedIC have made significant progress in their efforts to improve healthcare delivery to older adults with multiple chronic conditions.
You can read a full summary in our 2010 year-end review.
A final "Notes from the Field" has also been posted. You can read the December 2010 edition here.