Abstract: Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is a leading cause of death in the US, unpredictably affecting some 300,000 citizens annually. Of these patients, about 40,000 OHCA victims annually require post-cardiac arrest care, a statistic that is likely to increase. Recent studies have shown that early implementation of a post-cardiac arrest care bundle can improve survival and neurologic function.
This Issue Brief summarizes a series of studies that shed light on the decision making process about hospice, and describes a simple, effective way to improve referrals to hospice among nursing home residents.
This Issue Brief summarizes research that identifies primary care characteristics associated with ED use in a Medicaid managed care population. It suggests a strategy to simultaneously improve access to primary care and reduce costs of ED care.