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Setting appropriate care goals and taking care of ‘the village’

As the novel coronavirus began to spread in March, fear of being hooked to a machine with the end of life looming quickly became a national storyline — particularly for seniors who did not have an end-of-life plan. As we reflect on National Hospice and Palliative Care month, it is clear just how important it is for seniors and their loved ones to set appropriate care goals before it’s too late. naviHealth Vice-President of Value-Based Care Gina Bruno also details how important it is to take care of ‘the village’ who cares for our most vulnerable population.

What’s new with Medicare Advantage – and what you need to know during open enrollment

Medicare Advantage continues to see an increase in participation, and by 2030, Medicare Advantage plans are projected to increase nearly 51%. The Better Medicare Alliance State of Medicare Advantage report also showed a “record-setting 99% satisfaction rate” for Medicare Advantage. With October 17 marking the beginning of open enrollment for Medicare until December 7, 2020, read these Essential Insights to catch up some key trends and updates.


Opening doors and improving the health literacy rate of seniors

October is Health Literacy Month, a time to draw awareness to the need for health literacy as well as how we can improve it. Approximately 80 million adults in the United States are estimated to have a lower health literacy and the senior population tends to be impacted at a significantly higher rate. In these Essential Insights, hear from Harvard lecturer Rima E. Rudd, ScD, and Dr. Jane Jih, an assistant professor and co-director of the Multiethnic Health Equity Research Center at the University of California, San Francisco, on what specifically providers in the acute and post-acute space can do to open the doors to improving health literacy for their senior patients.


Achieving patient-centered care collaboration during a pandemic

This year has been an emotional and heart-wrenching time amid COVID-19. And yet, at the same time, it has been a period of fast and furious teachings as healthcare organizations learned how to adapt quickly in order to best serve the needs of critical COVID-19 patients. Alongside naviHealth trusted providers and health plan partners, Karen Chambers, VP of Market Clinical Operations at naviHealth, shares how the company has faced the challenges presented by COVID-19 to address the jump to virtual care to addressing unnecessary administrative burdens and enabling home-based senior care.


How COVID-19 reinforced the need for end-of-life planning

In the midst of the unprecedented health care changes incurred by COVID-19, two things have remained constant: no one can predict end of life and no one knows what their decision-making capacity will be at the end of life. End-of-life planning is a complicated process; the added complications of COVID-19 make it even more urgent. Dr. Gregory Gadbois, Executive Medical Director at naviHealth, shares a story about a former patient and why having this difficult conversation now is so important.


Lessons learned from COVID-19 — It’s time to reshape health care

If COVID-19 has taught healthcare leaders anything, it is this: the very fabric and design of our current system is flawed. Understanding the challenges seniors are facing is vital when it comes to redesigning care in a post-COVID world. In these latest Essential Insights, Select Medical’s Executive Vice President Thomas Buckingham and naviHealth’s Chief Medical Officer Jay LaBine pen a co-written piece on what it will take to reshape health care and how important it is to start now.


Best practices for safeguarding patient care transitions during COVID-19

Are patients becoming caught in a transitional “no-man’s land” due to COVID-19? As providers continue to look to discharge their patients out of the acute setting as quickly and safely as possible, it’s more important than ever for health plans, providers and post-acute care centers to collaborate for the sake of their patients. Jay LaBine, MD, Chief Medical Officer at naviHealth, pens the latest Essential Insights and gives best practices to help safeguard patient care transitions during COVID-19.


The importance of geriatric nursing assistants in a post-COVID world

Geriatric nursing assistants are responsible for performing the brunt of the work in elderly care — helping patients eat, bathe, monitor their vitals and other health signals and take their prescribed medications. They also provide much needed companionship, which is crucial given the current loneliness epidemic. Underpaid and underappreciated, these healthcare professionals were already in short supply before the COVID-19 pandemic; when the coronavirus hit the United States, the shortage turned into a full-blown staffing crisis.


‘This can’t be happening’: A story from the front lines in New Orleans

With news of her colleague testing positive for COVID-19, Dr. Lauren P. Barial’s heart was already heavy as she stepped on to the floor of her small community hospital in her hometown of New Orleans. She knew that she would need to call upon her heroic experiences during times of crisis as she and her colleagues waged war against COVID-19. This is her uncut, unedited story of what she witnessed on the front lines…yet again.


Past, present and future: Geriatrics in American health care

Long before COVID-19, the geriatric specialty faced a major challenge. Projections in the United States show a potential national shortage of 26,980 full-time geriatricians, leaving the growing senior population and their complex chronic conditions in limbo. So how did we get here and why? In these Essential Insights, we dive into four areas of concern that will need to be explored to prevent the projected massive shortage of geriatricians in the next five years.


The new face of nursing home visits

With over 32,000 deaths and 95,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in long-term care facilities across the country, it’s very clear that there will be seismic change to the way the industry, the patients and their loved ones view long-term care for seniors. As the rest of the country begins to reopen, nursing homes stay shuttered as health officials begin to reimagine the new normal for long-term care facilities in a post COVID-19 world in these Essential Insights.

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