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Hospital at Home and a Plan to Cure Alzheimer’s

Honor Radar points you to stories of quality—the most interesting and influential, the most uplifting and unexpected pieces of the week. We scan the news and the net so you don’t have to. What’s Honor Radar this week? As 2015 comes to end, we’re looking forward, focusing on new laws, new ideas, and a new proposed plan to cure Alzheimer’s—and sharing the Secret to a Long Life.

1House Call to Action

A Vision for “Hospital at Home” Programs  – Harvard Business Review

See through the eyes of Bruce Leff, MD, director of the Center for Transformative Geriatric Research at Johns Hopkins Medical School—and a healthcare visionary.

Hospital at Home (HaH) “has been one of the most studied innovations in health care. A 2012 meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials of HaH showed a 38% lower six-month mortality rate for HaH patients than hospitalized patients.” writes Dr. Leff, “Clearly, if HaH were a drug, it would be a blockbuster!”

But it’s not yet. Why?

“Perhaps the greatest barrier to widespread implementation of HaH is the lack of payment mechanism for HaH in fee-for-service Medicare,” Leff adds, “but there is hope.” His op-ed offers an important description of how HaH works—and why it’s a better, less expensive option for certain types of patients.

 

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Death With Dignity?

California’s End-of-Life Option Act and what it means for providers  – McKnights

“The End of Life Option Act, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on October 5, 2015, allows an individual to seek ‘aid-in-dying’ if they have two (2) different physicians attest in writing there is six months or less to live.”

Will this new law help more Californians who are suffering from a terminal illness suffer less? In this article, Kathleen Mace shares her personal story and professional opinion as she succinctly translates California’s new much-debated law. Mace, an RN and senior clinical compliance consultant at Compliagent, also raises key questions about how—or if—health care providers or health care facilities will participate.

While many questions remain, one thing is clear: “California now gives qualified individuals the right to die on their own terms.”

 

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A Big Idea

Clinton calls for Alzheimer’s cure, increase spending to $2 billion annually  – USA TODAY 

Earlier this week, democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton made a bold campaign pledge—to find a cure for Alzheimer’s by 2025. Is this a viable plan? Or is this just crowd-pleasing campaign rhetoric, the modern equivalent of that promise baby boomers may have heard as school children: soda pop in every drinking fountain!

It’s far too soon to know. We’re not endorsing any candidates. But we’re listening, and, most likely, so are the families of the 5 million Americans currently living with Alzheimer’s. “Although most of the afflicted are older women, their primary caretakers are younger females carrying emotional and economic burdens. About 40% of caregivers have a household income of $50,000 or less.” But will they vote?

Or the bigger question is: will a cure for Alzheimer’s be found in time to save the 15 million—estimated by the Alzheimer’s Association—who are likely to have the disease by 2050?

 

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Honor in the News

Announcing the 9th Annual Crunchies Finalists  – TechCrunch

2015 has been a great year for us—right down to the last few days of December. We’re very proud to be named a finalist in the “Best New Startup” category by TechCrunch alongside some innovative and impressive companies.

(Overheard in the Honor office yesterday: “Cool beans!”)

Voting for the winners in each category will be different this year, TechCrunch reports. “We have formed a 100-person Crunchies Board to pick the winners by secret, paper ballot. The Crunchies Board will include TechCrunch editors, alongside entrepreneurs, investors and other tech notables.”

But the party where the winners will be announced—”the Oscars of the startup and technology world”—will be as happening as ever.

We hope you’ll check out the full list of finalists and explore the ones you don’t already know. Big thanks to everyone in the Honor family, especially our incredibly hard-working Care Team and the many talented Honor Care Pros who inspire us every day. We couldn’t do this without you.

Radar Love

The Secret to a Long Life – The New York Times

Don’t miss these delightful short clips of older adults sharing their personal tips to living a long life. Full of smiles, humor, wisdom, and inspiration, the Secret to a Long Life is great advice for health and happiness at any age. This video is part of another story, The Wisdom of the Aged, a beautiful and thought-provoking piece. “For six New Yorkers age 85 and older, whose lives were followed throughout the year, old age is a mixture of happiness and sadness, with less time wasted on anger and worry.”

Something to think about as we start a new year.

From the Honor family to yours, Happy New Year! See you in 2016.


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