The per-patient cost of hospital care declined 19.4% for aging patients enrolled in a project that provided home-based services. Now an interdisciplinary panel is examining ways to build and pay for a "critical pathway to improved care."
The Joint Commission warns that hospital leaders are not promoting changes needed to improve attitudes toward safety, and new research both confirms and challenges the validity of tools designed to measure patient safety culture.
Improvement in care has been seen for privately insured low-income patients and for those at federal health centers. Whether those programs will survive the GOP's plans for the Affordable Care Act is uncertain.