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Best Article, volume 41
We are proud to select Eric Kirby's "Patient Centered Care and Turnover in Hospice Care Organizations" as the best article published in JHHSA, volume 41. His paper is attached here; we hope that you enjoy it. Congratulations Eric!
A Symposium on Rural Health and Health Policy
Policy and program solutions to rural health necessitate interdisciplinary and multi-pronged approach and proposals from a variety of fields and specializations are strongly encouraged. These may include those that focus on rural health, health disparities, public health, health care policy and administration, clinical health care practice, social work, and others. A 500-word proposal should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 15, 2019.
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Dr. Felice D. Perlmutter was at the vanguard of that interdisciplinary conversation, and her contributions to our understanding of human services practice are both significant and impactful. The purpose of this symposium is to honor this outstanding work by publishing conceptual or empirical research that synthesizes, extends, or applies Dr. Perlmutter’s work. Please see the attached for full details.
Equity-Efficiency Tradeoff: The Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program And Disparities In Outcomes Among Vulnerable Medicare Heart Failure Patients In Pennsylvania
PATRIA DELANCER JULNES and SUNG W. CHOI
JHHSA, Vol. 43 No. 1,
The Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP), a penalty-based pay for performance policy mandated by the 2010 Affordable Care Act, aims to improve health care quality for seniors and cut costs by avoiding readmissions but may disproportionally affect disadvantaged populations. Our study using patient-level survival analysis of data on outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries age 65 years and older who were discharged with heart failure from Pennsylvania inpatient prospective payment systems hospitals from 2010 to 2015, confirm that risk -adjusted readmissions have decreased but the likelihood of mortality has increased for some patients. Non- White heart patients and those living in lower income areas had higher risk of readmission within 30-day and one-year of discharge. Patients living in lower income areas also had a higher risk of mortality than those in more affluent communities. Findings suggest unintended consequences and the need for policy makers and administrators to address the social determinants of health.
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