Solutions-Oriented Approaches to Improving Healthcare for Older Adults (June 30, 2013)

Effectiveness. Efficiency. Engagement.

Location: RAND Corporation. Santa Monica, CA

Conference Overview: The USC Center for Health Financing, Policy and Management hosted the “Solutions-Oriented Approaches to Improving Healthcare for Older Adults” conference at RAND Corporation on June 20, 2013, the first in a series of conferences and workshops related to our three-year project. Nearly sixty medical directors, care managers, researchers, students and other healthcare and seniors services professionals gathered to explore applied research and practical solutions aimed towards enhancing care transitions, improving clinical outcomes, and stimulating the active engagement of at-risk patients. Presenters from four dynamic Southern California healthcare organizations shared their knowledge and experience in addressing the needs and challenges of proactively managing the health of the growing older adult population.

Read the presentations summary and presenter bios.  See presentation materials, below.


Early Identification + Reduction of Patient Risk: The Cedars-Sinai Frail Elders Program

  • Harriet Aronow, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Nursing, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Jeff Borenstein, M.D., Medical Director Applied Health Services Research, Cedars-Sinai
  • PowerPoint presentation

Improving Care Transitions: Readmission Root Cause Analysis (RRCA) Approach, Insights + Lessons Learned

 Chronic Conditions in Older Adults: Interventions for Physical Activity and Self-Management

Patient Activation + Engagement: Implementing Diabetes Group Appointments

  • Janelle Howe, Director, Disease Management, HealthCare Partners Medical Group
  • Aurora Galindo-Simental, Health Educator, HealthCare Partners Medical Group


We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the SCAN Health Plan® Community Giving Program in underwriting this conference as part of the “Improving Healthcare for Older Adults” grant project. Special thanks to our project collaborator, HealthCare Partners Institute for Applied Research and Education.