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PAMF Research Institute Seeks Older Adults to Participate in Study

 PCORI-funded study aims to create user-friendly online tool for people to select Rx drug plans

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI) has launched a new research study to create a more user-friendly online tool to help older adults select Medicare Part D prescription drug plans. PAMFRI is looking for older adults to participate in the study and share their experiences in a focus group. The research project is funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

Ming Tai-Seale, Ph.D., MPH, PAMF Research Institute

Ming Tai-Seale, Ph.D., Senior Investigator, PAMF Research Institute

“Currently, Medicare beneficiaries often have to choose among more than 30 different Medicare Part D plans,” said Ming Tai-Seale, Ph.D., MPH, PAMFRI senior scientist. “This is a difficult and confusing task. Through this study we hope to create a more effective tool that is easier to use and will help individuals select their prescription drug plans. In order to build a better tool, we want to understand what it’s like for older adults to select a Medicare Part D plan.

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Doctors Honored for Innovations in Geriatric Medicine

Two Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) doctors recently received awards for their innovative work caring for aging patients in the community.

 California Health Care Foundation Award

Albert Lam, M.D.

Albert Lam, M.D.

Albert Lam, M.D., a doctor in geriatric medicine at PAMF, has received an award from the California Health Care Foundation for his work to strengthen systems of care for aging patients.

His groundbreaking project, “SNF 2.0: Modernizing Skilled Nursing Facility Care for the 21st Century,” strives to create a sustainable model of excellence in caring for patients discharged from hospitals to skilled nursing facilities (SNF).

“We are increasingly seeing people in nursing homes that 20 years ago would have been cared for in a hospital setting,” said Dr. Lam.  “Systemic barriers have made it challenging for many nursing homes to care for patients who are leaving the hospital sooner and sicker. We want to be part of the solution.”

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PAMF Event Highlights Successful Aging Initiative

ExploreOn Sept. 27, more than 200 people attended the “Aging and Community Redefined – A Vision for the Future” symposium,  sponsored by the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). Held at The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA, the event explored ways that health systems can partner with communities to ensure that seniors can live independent and fulfilling lives in the communities they love.

The event’s keynote speaker, Dr. Bruce Chernoff, CEO of the SCAN Foundation and Chair of the Federal Commission on Long-Term Care, said we should think more broadly than the impact diseases have on seniors. “Diseases only get you halfway there. Function is about the quality of life,” he said. “It’s about how we help our older, valued, community and family members be fully connected. That’s a good thing for the medical system.”

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Integrated Health Care Association Honors PAMF for Quality Medical Care

 IHA-logoThe Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), including the Mills-Peninsula Division of PAMF, was one of six Sutter Medical Network physician organizations recognized by the Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA) in September 2013 as statewide leaders in quality medical care.

The six members of the Sutter Medical Network recognized by IHA at top performers are:

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PAMF Launches New “Care-A-Van” Mobile Medical Clinic in Silicon Valley


Expert, Convenient Health Care, On-site for Employers, Employees

careavan1Bay Area employees can now receive expert medical care at work when the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s (PAMF) health care team comes to them. In August 2013, PAMF’s Employer Health Services launched its new Care-A-Van mobile medical clinic. The Care-A-Van provides primary and wellness services, including annual check-ups, blood work and vaccinations. Several leading Bay Area employers – the majority located in Silicon Valley – have already signed up for the service, and PAMF’s Care-A-Van team is continuing to expand its schedule.

careavan-interior2“The demand for this service has been overwhelming,” said Ron Sinha, M.D., a PAMF internist and medical director of PAMF’s Employer Health Services program. “Employees clearly are concerned about their health, but often lack the time to establish care with a new primary care provider or manage their existing health issues. The Care-A-Van provides them the opportunity to get that overdue blood test or vaccination at the convenience of their workplace, and the results will be updated in an electronic health record instantly. Employees who have come to see us so far have been extremely impressed by the onboard amenities, feeling virtually no difference than being seen at their local PAMF clinic.”

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