On August 16, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) and Avenidas will host a public celebration to honor seniors – bringing together resources and organizations to help seniors “age in place.” The Successful Aging Celebration, hosted for the third year, will take place at PAMF’s Palo Alto Center.
“The aging journey brings with it thrills and challenges,” said Peter H. Cheng, M.D., chief of PAMF’s Palo Alto Center Geriatric Medicine Program and co-founder of the annual event. “The Successful Aging Celebration is a way for PAMF to give back to older adults. We’ll celebrate aging by honoring the achievements of seniors and highlighting the synergistic work that PAMF does with the community – and have a grand time together.”
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).
“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.
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
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.”
On 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.”
The 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:
- Top Performer – Palo Alto Medical Foundation – Mills-Peninsula Division / Mills-Peninsula Medical Group, serving San Mateo county
- Top Performer – Palo Alto Medical Foundation, serving Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Mateo and Alameda counties
- Top Performer – Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation, serving Alameda and Contra Costa counties
- Top Performer – Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation – Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods, serving Sonoma and Lake counties
- Top Performer and Most Improved – Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, serving San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced counties
- Top Performer – Sutter Medical Foundation – Sutter Medical Group, serving Sacramento, El Dorado, Solano, Yuba, Placer and Nevada counties, affiliated with the Sutter Medical Foundation