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According to a new study by researchers at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI), alcohol consumption by seniors (aged 65 and older) increases their risk for accidents and other serious health problems, particularly in the context of chronic health problems, medication use and poor functional status.
The study’s objective was to estimate alcohol use among Americans aged 65 and older and to compare this use against National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) recommendations. Using national survey data from the 2005-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), the study also assessed alcohol-related health risks for seniors.
Mobile apps may be a fun way to track our physical activities and diet but many of them do not include features that are most likely to lead to long-term behavior change. This is a key finding of a recently published study conducted by the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI). The study evaluated mobile apps that target primarily nutrition and weight tracking based on strategies commonly used to guide behavior change. The study will be published in the November issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
In the United States, rates of overweight and obesity continue to rise. With 61 percent of U.S. adults owning a smartphone, software apps offer a new and promising approach to behavioral lifestyle intervention.
“Given the thousands of apps available that target diet and weight loss, we were very interested to see if the popular ones included features that we know will help people achieve their long-term health goals,” said PAMFRI Assistant Research Physician Lenard Lesser, M.D., MSHS.
Beginning Oct. 1, legal residents of California who do not have health insurance from their job or from another government program will be able to buy insurance through the state’s new “exchange” called Covered California. On Jan. 1, 2014, most people will be required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Affordable Care Act) to have health insurance.
All health plans purchased through Covered California must cover certain services called essential health benefits. These include doctor visits, hospital stays, emergency care, maternity care, children’s care, prescriptions, medical tests and mental health care. They also must cover preventive care services, such as mammograms and colonoscopies.
How can primary care delivery be transformed to be more patient centered and at what cost? The Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI) has been awarded a grant from the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to study these questions. The new study will evaluate the cost of transformation, primary care redesign and program implementation.
Patient-centered care delivery is comprehensive, coordinated and accessible, with a system-wide focus on quality and safety. This model of care emphasizes preventive care – not just reactions to acute medical needs – as well as the effective management of acute and chronic illnesses, and behavioral health needs.
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:
To better care for the surgical needs of patients in the East Bay, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) will build a new outpatient surgery center in Fremont.
On September 10, 2013, the Fremont City Council granted unanimous approval for PAMF to build a 20,400-square-foot medical building and a 216-space parking structure. The new Fremont Surgery Center will be located at 3200 Kearny Street on the campus that is already home to two existing PAMF medical centers.
The new surgery center will have four operating rooms and two endoscopy suites, 18 pre-op and post-op bays, and five post-anesthesia care unit recovery bays. A new traffic circle will include a patient drop-off area. Classified an ambulatory surgery center, patients will be able to have same-day procedures performed there.