JEN's IAH Research Gets National Attention
In an article by the Washington Post (12/6/15), Eric DeJong, cofounder of the medical house calls program at
Washington Hospital Center, a national model known as Independence at Home, said that "This provides a path for us to care for all of America's most vulnerable and frail elders in the environment in which they prefer to live and lower total costs for Medicare." His program co-founder, George Taler, emphasized the cost-saving potential of a national expansion of the program that "would totally reverse the numbers for the sustainability of Medicare for the future."
Their claims were based on research commissioned by the American Academy of Home Care Physicians and conducted by JEN Associates, Ind. As the Post reported: "In the first year of the pilot, participants saved more than $25 million - an average of $3,070 per beneficiary, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The savings ranged between 6 percent and 31 percent across practices. Beneficiaries had fewer hospital readmissions and fewer hospital visits for conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma and pneumonia. CMS passed $11.7 million of the savings to the providers." JEN projected that long-term savings of the program over 10 years could reach $21-34 billion.
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