June 28, 2013 - CMS will continue its support of HQP's nurse care management model within the Medicare Coordinated Care Demonstration (MCCD) through 2014. This provides a greater opportunity to assess the impact of this advanced preventive service when specifically targeted to a population of higher-risk, chronically ill Medicare beneficiaries.
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.