February 8, 2018
Better Health Partnership President and CEO Rita Horwitz and JT Tanenbaum, MD-PhD candidate in the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, and School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University and lead-author of the study published in this month’s Health Affairs will be guests on Ideas tonight on WVIZ at 7:30pm to discuss Better Health’s hand in the decline of hospitalizations as it relates to better care and cost savings in Northeast Ohio.
A study published in the February 2018 issue of Health Affairs reports the association of Better Health Partnership, a collaboration of primary care providers and other stakeholders, with nearly $40 million in savings over six years by delivering better care to primary care patients with diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart failure in Cuyahoga County, avoiding an estimated almost 6,000 costly hospitalizations. Funded by a training grant from the National Institutes of Health, MD-PhD candidate JT Tanenbaum was lead author on the investigation alongside faculty of the Case Western Reserve University-MetroHealth System Center for Health Care Research and Policy, including Douglas Einstadter, Mark Votrbua, and past Center director Randall Cebul. The report estimates that 5,764 more hospitalizations in Cuyahoga County were averted as compared with other large Ohio counties from 2009 through 2014. For a limited time, you may read the full publication in the current issue of Health Affairs. Click here to read more.
“Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status and Major Atherosclerotic Event Rates: An Analysis of Geocoded Electronic Health Data” identifies substantial geographic variation in various socioeconomic measures related to risk for and prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Researchers including Jarrod Dalton, Adam Perzynski, and Neal Dawson, in collaboration with experts in health policy, internal medicine, and social work presented their work at a “Top-Rated Abstracts” session of the Society for Medical Decision Making Meeting in Vancouver, Canada…