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2019 | News

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August 20, 2019

Health Care Partners Earns America’s Physician Groups Standards of Excellence™ Elite Honors

HealthCare Partners receives recognition for 13th year in a row


May 2, 2019

Dr. Amar Desai Discusses Implementing Value-Based Care Models Live at World Health Congress

As a country, health systems need to move away from fee-for-service-based payment models. At World Health Congress, Amar Desai, MD, MPH and president of HealthCare Partners, told Inside Digital Health™ that it is hard to implement things like value-based care payment models when the payment system in the U.S. really values transactions and volume over value and coordination.


May 1, 2019

Dr. Amar Desai Keynote Speaker at 16th Annual World Health Congress Event in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Amar Desai hosted the keynote address at the 16th Annual World Health Care Congress in Washington, D.C.


January 14, 2019

Dr. Amar Desai Shares Health Care Outlook for 2019 with Long Beach Business Journal

In today’s environment, both consumers and purchasers of health care expect, rather than desire, high quality clinical outcomes. As a result, a medical group’s true differentiation will come from delivering an affordable and enhanced experience for patients.


January 8, 2019

HealthCare Partners Mentioned in Becker’s ASC Review and Helio for Acquiring Coastal Physicians Medical Group

HealthCare Partners recently announced a merger with long-term affiliate, southern California-based Coastal Physicians Medical Group. Both organizations have been recognized for leading clinical outcomes and differential patient experience.


2018 | News

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December 11, 2018

Dr. Amar Desai Shares Important Things to Know about Medicare Advantage Plan Changes in Managed Healthcare Executive

Medicare Advantage enrollees can expect new benefits with the start of 2019 due to CMS’ decision to expand the definition of health-related benefits as part of a transformation within the health care industry to treat health holistically. One change for 2019 is being referred to as the “Plan Test Drive,” which allows patients to try out a new Medicare Advantage plan for up to three months.


September 25, 2018

America’s Health Care System Could Be So Much Better – By Donald Rebhun, Featured in Scientific American

In a recent byline published by Scientific American, Dr. Donald Rebhun describes how a shift towards a value-based approach towards health care could improve the system urging medical groups to changing their culture and investments.


September 3, 2018

HealthCare Partners Downtown Los Angeles Facility Recognized in Los Angeles Business Journal

On August 21, 2018, HealthCare Partners, a division of DaVita Medical Group, under Denver-based parent DaVita Inc. opened a 60,000 square foot urgent care clinic at Washington Boulevard and Hoover Street, in the Pico-Union district west of downtown. It replaced HealthCare Partners’ 40-year old founding clinic on Olympic Boulevard.


July 2, 2018

Dr. Amar Desai Explains Mid-Year Health Care Economic Outlook to Long Beach Business Journal

Eight years since the passage of health care reform, differential quality, distinctive clinical outcomes and affordability are still paramount in the minds of consumers and purchasers. While it’s hard to predict what will happen next, health care organizations with care delivery in their DNA are well positioned to develop a compelling value proposition to consumers.


January 17, 2018

Dr. Claudia Pfeil Discusses 2018 Flu Season and Uptick in Symptoms Live on KABC 7 Eyewitness News

The 2018 flu season peaked early and hit residents of Southern California hard. Denise Dador, health reporter for KABC 7 Eyewitness News interviews Dr. Claudia Pfeil in HealthCare Partners Pasadena Urgent Care clinic about severity of the flu strain.


January 15, 2018

Dr. Amar Desai Lends Insight to Long Beach Business Journal on Economic Outlook for 2018

Looking ahead there are a few key themes to watch. For instance, many non-traditional companies have recently moved into the health care space through a flurry of mergers and acquisitions, shifting how consumers will engage with their providers. As a result, medical groups will be highly focused on creating a differentiated patient experience.


January 7, 2018

Dr. Claudia Pfeil Featured in Article on What You Should Know about this Flu Season in Los Angeles Daily News

Dr. Claudia Pfeil, lead physician at HealthCare Partners’ Pasadena and Glendora Urgent Care centers discusses the importance of the flu shot stating that most patients who are flooding the offices of the facilities have not received their vaccination this year. Those who did showed symptoms that were much less severe.


January 3, 2018

Dr. Joseph Shadpour Discusses Flu Severity and Ways to Stay Healthy on 89.3 KPCC

Dr. Joseph Shadpour, lead clinician at HealthCare Partners Pasadena Urgent Care Clinic, tells Michelle Faust Raghavan at KPCC that the clinic has seen 25 percent more patients so far this flu season than by this time last year.


2017 | News

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October 16, 2017

Dr. Rebhun Featured in Medical Economics article on Medicare Advantage boom

As more patients choose Medicare Advantage plans, physicians and medical groups should examine their practices in order to determine whether they are suited to take advantage of this program’s recent boom.


October 1, 2017

Dr. Amar Desai Discusses the Difference between Physician-Led and Hospital-Led ACOs in Accountable Care News

Each month, Accountable Care News, asks a panel of industry experts to discuss a topic suggested by a subscriber. In this month’s panel, Dr. Amar Desai, president at HealthCare Partners, discusses the difference between physician-led and hospital-led ACOs.


February 22, 2017

Should physicians share their notes with patients?

There was a time when doctors were protective of the information they entered into a patient’s record. However, with the advent of electronic health records (EHR) and the desire by patients to have true transparency in healthcare, it’s much more common for physicians to share all notes, lab results and X-ray images to allow patients to be more involved in their own medical care.


February 6, 2017

Detoxing Might Not Be So Wise

"Avoiding certain foods — including processed foods, fast food, fried foods, caffeine, sugar, and white flour — is a great place to start, said Riya Pulicharam, M.D., national medical director of population health and clinical outcomes for HealthCare Partners in Torrence, California."


2016 | News

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November 14, 2016

5 tips to get your patients to take flu shots, earn reimbursement for your practice

Dr. David Hirota, internal medicine and infectious disease specialist at Health Care Partner’s Atlantic Avenue office in Long Beach, was featured in an article about the importance of flu vaccinations in Part B News, a national magazine geared towards physicians and private medical practices. Read the article here .


November 1, 2016

Tampa Bay's Morning Blend with Dedra Marshall

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November 1, 2016

Covering Medicare with Dedra Marshall, MD

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2015 | News

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June 25, 2015

14 most dangerous summer foods

"Who doesn't love picnics and barbecues? Thing is, if you don't practice safe food preparation, outdoor eating can also set the stage for foodborne illness. Every year approximately 1 in 6 Americans gets sick, and 128,000 are hospitalized from foodborne diseases, according to the CDC. Among 31 known pathogens, most deaths occur from Salmonella, Toxoplasma, Listeria, and norovirus."


June 9, 2015

How to Prevent Your New Shoes from Giving You Blisters

Breaking in new shoes is hard work. But blisters don’t have to be part of the battle. To help you debut your shoes with minimal pain—and zero limp-inducing blisters—we chatted with Merin Yoshida, a California-based podiatrist with HealthCare Partners, and Rebecca Kazin, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist and faculty member at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Here are their tips for rocking your new shoes—from stilettos to sneakers—sans blisters.


April 21, 2015

10 Superfood Swaps for Picky Eaters

A food can have out-of-this-world health benefits, but that doesn’t always mean it tastes good. So stop choking down kale just because that’s what you’re “supposed” to do. “Force-feeding yourself healthy foods just because everyone is saying it’s good for you is not the ideal way to go about healthy eating, says registered dietitian nutritionist Vandana Sheth, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “If you don’t like a particular ‘superfood,’ there are usually several other foods that can provide a similar nutritional benefit.” And if you like one of those, you’ll be way more likely to regularly get those nutrients. Have some superfoods your taste buds just won’t tolerate? Check out these 10 easy superfood swaps: We bet you’ll find some new favorite health foods.


April 15, 2015

The food label mistake that could harm your child

Children rarely opt for plain, whole beverages and foods like water and vegetables when they’re also offered brightly colored sports drinks, canned sodas, or cookies and candy. But the root of kids’ bad health choices may not lie in their natural taste preferences but rather what’s being placed in front of them to begin with. A new study suggests that’s true— at least when it comes to beverages.


March 9, 2015

Why You Jerk Awake When You're Falling Asleep—And 7 More Uncontrollable Body Quirks, Explained

Few sensations feel as weird as when your body decides to do its own thing. Muscle twitches, hiccups, and bloody noses out of the blue can make you wonder exactly who's in charge. Here, the reasons behind some of the strangest body behaviors—and when you should see a doc.


March 1, 2015

Teething Symptoms in Babies

"That first tiny tooth that pops up from your baby's gums is exciting and looks so cute. But the teething symptoms that usually precede this eruption are anything but! In fact, they may signal that your baby is in real pain. Signs of teething vary from baby to baby. Some little ones will start staying up late into the night due to discomfort from sore gums. Others show virtually no symptoms at all. ""There's no single set of indicators that applies to all babies,"" explains Dr. Marya Rosado, a pediatrician at HealthCare Partners in Torrance, Calif. As with many areas of your baby's development, a good deal of patience is required to get through the teething process."


February 2, 2015

The Right Way to Clean Your Belly Button-your-belly-button

“Health providers have removed ‘growths’ from belly buttons that turned out to be a mix of bacteria, dirt, sweat, soap, lotions, and lint,” says Alexandria V. Booth, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist with HealthCare Partners medical group. “Talk about an embarrassing doctor’s visit—they go in for what they think is skin cancer and find out it’s just years of dirt.”


February 1, 2015

10 Symptoms That May Fool Your Doctor

You can't treat an issue unless you know what it is. But even the best physicians can mistakenly identify some groups of symptoms as another condition that acts similarly. If you experience any of the following, beware that what your doctor suspects to be the culprit may not be. Here are some of the most commonly misdiagnosed symptoms and when it may be time to look for an alternate verdict.


January 26, 2015

3 Health Expenses That Will Wreck Millennials' Finances (And What You Can Do About Them)

Sure, a visit to the doctor's office might be expensive, but don't bet on it being your largest health expense of the year - even if you're a young, healthy millennial. Taking an optimistic view of your future medical expenses might end up costing you more down the road.


January 7, 2015

Stuck waiting for the doctor? Check ratings on state physician groups

Californians wanting to check up on doctors have new ratings from Consumer Reports on more than 170 physician groups statewide. The scores released this week are intended to help consumers see how different medical offices stack up on providing care and dealing with patients. In Southern California, doctors affiliated with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente and HealthCare Partners earned some of the highest ratings.


January 1, 2015

The Hydrophilic Foods Solution

If you’ve ever watched oatmeal as it cooks you’ve seen a hydrophilic food in action. Hydrophilic, or “water-loving,” foods are loaded with soluble fiber. When mixed or cooked with water they swell up. In your digestive tract this same process occurs and creates a full feeling that helps keep you more satisfied, says Keren Gilbert, MS, RD, a registered dietitian and author of The HD Diet: Achieve Lifelong Weight Loss with Chia Seeds and Other Hydrophilic Foods (Rodale). “Hydrophilic foods are an essential part of the hunger puzzle. They not only keep us feeling fuller longer, which helps with weight loss, but they also diminish cravings and aid in maintaining digestive health.”


2014 | News

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December 3, 2014

Should Your Baby Use a Pacifier?

When you're a new parent, every decision can seem daunting. Even choosing whether or not to use a pacifier isn't an obvious choice. Aren't you just creating a bad habit that will be hard to break later?


November 26, 2014

Many Older Adults Don’t Seek Help For This Condition. Here’s What You Can Do About It This Thanksgiving

A majority of older adults don’t seek help for dementia symptoms, a new study reports. Experts say that family members can play a pivotal role in encouraging relatives to find treatment.


November 21, 2014

Case Studies in Clinical Transformation

Almost every healthcare organization in America is working on clinical transformation—overhauling the delivery of patient care to succeed under value-based payment models.


November 21, 2014

Helpful Tips for Medicare Open Enrollment By Dr. Tracy Wakefield

There are only a weeks left before Medicare Open Enrollment ends on Dec. 7, leaving limited time for seniors to make important changes to their Medicare health plans and prescription drug coverage.


November 21, 2014

Surviving the Holidays When You’re Under the Weather

The holiday season is a time to create memories with the people you care about, but it often means an overflowing calendar of events. Festive gatherings at your child's school, family dinners, home decorating, and shopping excursions can be exhausting, even if you're the picture of health.


November 17, 2014

7 Surprising Things You Can Totally Blame Your Parents For

You can credit your parents for your baby blues or your olive skin but other less obvious traits may also stem from your genes.


November 13, 2014

7 Foods You Never Knew Were Loaded with Carbs

No doubt about it, figs are a superfood. Full of fiber, they are also a great source of copper, potassium, manganese, and pantothenic acid. But when you take the water out of a fig, you’re left with a tiny, toothsome nugget dense in nutrients, fiber—and carbs.


November 12, 2014

Hill Physicians join Anthem ACO in California in push toward PPOs

Hill Physicians Medical Group, which has 3,800 physician providers, has joined Anthem Blue Cross‘s ACO network in California as part of an effort by both organizations to reduce costs through the increased use of PPOs.


November 7, 2014

4 lifestyle factors to consider when choosing health insurance

Open enrollment for health insurance— whether through your employer or the Obamacare federal marketplace— starts November 15. Many Americans will be heading online to switch plans or get insured for the first time.


November 6, 2014

How to Approach the Obamacare Marketplace: 2014 Edition

Obamacare introduced a new system of categorizing health insurance plans based on cost called "metal tiers." Choosing a plan based on metal tier alone could easily be a mistake, especially if you like your doctor.


November 4, 2014

Carb-Packed Foods from Around the World

As it turns out, Americans don’t have the market cornered when it comes to carbs. While pizza, sodas, and bagels are certainly staples in the United States, you may be shocked to see the carb creations that exist across the globe. How do these popular dishes outside of America stack up in the nutrition department? We asked Lori Zanini, R.D., with HealthCare Partners and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to deconstruct them. Read on to find out just how many carbs these foods pack!


September 12, 2014

Preventing Health Problems in Extreme Heat

HealthCare Partners doctor, Jaime Ramos, gives some tips for avoiding heat related illness on MundoFOX.


August 8, 2014

Cost, convenience drive a boom in urgent care

Neighborhood outpatient clinics are becoming an attractive investment as hospitals shift care for less-acute cases away from emergency rooms.


August 3, 2014

Do you really need that test or service?

A national campaign seeks to help patients avoid unnecessary and risky treatments.


August 1, 2014

Dr. Don Rebhun featured on Tim Conway Jr.

Dr. Don Rehbun talks with Conway and Steckler about the Ebola Virus.


July 28, 2014

Encouraging Hypertension Management

Nurses are ideally positioned to promoting self-care and behavior change through a healthy lifestyle.


July 15, 2014

7 Tips for Choosing the Best Breakfast Cereal

The first rule: Skip over the descriptions or health claims you see on the front of a package. “That’s where manufacturers place most of their marketing,” says Lori Zanini, a dietitian and diabetes educator in Los Angeles.


July 8, 2014

Eating on the Go When You Have Type 2 Diabetes

The biggest challenge of eating away from home? “Realizing that healthy eating requires planning ahead,” says Lori Zanini, RD, certified diabetes educator for HealthCare Partners in Los Angeles.


July 7, 2014

Partied too hard? Here are 5 ways to undo an overindulgent weekend - Dr. Bahrami

A weekend of barbecues, pool parties and picnics can make Monday even less appealing than usual. Plus, overdoing the alcohol and food wreaks havoc with your body in some potentially serious ways.


June 26, 2014

Electronic medical records benefit both patients and doctors

John Osorio, 35, said he loves accessing his records electronically through Health Care Partners medical group in Los Alamitos, where he lives. He can check the status of referrals to specialists, pay bills online and fill prescriptions that were sent electronically to his pharmacy.


June 26, 2014

Are Juice Cleanses Worth the Cost?

Juicing is the new fad in the wellness arena, and with a number of celebrities jumping in, it seems like all the cool kids are doing it. Popular premade juice cleanses advertise benefits such as removing toxins, improving skin tone and shedding weight – they're no doubt big moneymakers. But you don’t want to get duped while the cleanse companies get rich. After all, the weight loss industry brings in $60 billion a year, despite a less-than-perfect record.


June 18, 2014

Anthem, HealthCare Partners ACO Saves $4.7 Million

During a six-month period, Anthem Blue Cross and HealthCare Partners reported an 18% decrease in the length of hospital inpatient stays for patients in their southern California accountable care organization compared to patients outside the ACO.


June 5, 2014

Anthem, HealthCare Partners save $4.7 million by coordinating care

Insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross and the HealthCare Partners physician group say a new effort to coordinate care among 55,000 patients helped save $4.7 million.


February 20, 2014

7 Ways Denial Can Ruin Your Health

Read what Dr. Howard Sayer has to say about regular checkups.


January 28, 2014

Report criticizes California health plans for treatment of chronic ailments

...In the Los Angeles area, medical groups affiliated with UCLA, Cedars-Sinai and HealthCare Partners all received three out of four stars on providing recommended care...


January 13, 2014

7 Ways Denial Can Ruin Your Health

While it’s tempting to ignore the aging process and carry on as if you’re still 30, being in denial can have a serious negative impact on your health, according to a recent news release from The Family Institute of Northwestern University.


January 1, 2014

10 Innocent Habits That Affect Your Health

Doctor Riya Pulicharam, director of clinical research for Healthcare Partners Medical Group in Los Angeles weighs in on one of ten innocent habits that affect your health.


2013 | News

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December 23, 2013

Reform Update: HHS adds 123 Medicare ACOs, with about 1.5 million beneficiaries

HHS announced the latest round of accountable care contracts in the Medicare Shared Savings Program, adding 123 additional ACOs and reaching about 1.5 million more Medicare beneficiaries.


December 21, 2013

Building narrow networks that work

Narrow networks are here to stay. Some of the nation's top payers and providers are leading the way. Last month, Modern Healthcare brought together representative frontline players building narrow networks for a webinar to find out how they plan to maintain customer and patient satisfaction while...


August 14, 2013

100 Accountable Care Organizations to Know

HealthCare Partners recognized among the "100 Accountable Care Organizations to Know."


August 12, 2013

What You Must Do for Health

"When setting an exercise goal, choose an activity that is appropriate for your goals, approved or endorsed by your physician and readily available. Choose an exercise you enjoy and will commit to rather than one which is too challenging for any reason.“ —Donald J.Rebhun, MD,MSPH, HealthCare Partners


August 5, 2013

Reforma de Salud

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July 9, 2013

9 Old Symptoms with New Risks

Health Factors You Shouldn’t Ignore.


July 8, 2013

CareerBliss Happiest Healthcare Companies in America

Health care companies do a great service—they help us get well and help us stay that way. And being healthy makes it a lot easier to concentrate on being happy. We wanted to recognize the companies that create happy workplaces for the people who look after our health. We took a look at our vast employee happiness data to determine the Happiest Healthcare Companies in America.


July 2, 2013

Health Advantages of Medicare Advantage

...The fact that patients in Medicare Advantage enjoy better health outcomes -- despite the fact that these patients are typically older, less well-off financially, and have more medical problems -- has largely gone unnoticed.


June 10, 2013

New tool tracks remote monitoring ROI

The Center for Connected Health and the Center for Technology and Aging have launched a new tool to gauge the return on investment for remote patient monitoring technologies for patients with heart disease.


June 1, 2013

HealthCare Partners: Ahead of the Curve in Care Coordination

Starting in January 2014, nearly half a million Californians in eight counties will be able to receive coordinated care through Cal MediConnect, the three-year demonstration program promoting coordinated care delivery to dual eligibles in California. A voluntary program for those with both Medicare and Medi-Cal, Cal MediConnect, part of California’s larger Coordinated Care Initiative, benefits seniors and people with disabilities and will combine medical, behavioral, long-term and home and community-based services in one health plan...


April 23, 2013

How I Manage Hypothyroidism: Kristen's Story

Having twins put new mom Kristen Padavic's health concerns on hold. But then a simple blood test explained the common hypothyroid symptoms she was experiencing.


April 23, 2013

A simple regular blood test is used to guide treatment for hypothyroidism and monitor the condition. Here's what the numbers mean.

A simple regular blood test is used to guide treatment for hypothyroidism and monitor the condition. Here's what the numbers mean.


April 23, 2013

Hypothyroidism: When to See an Endocrinologist

Your primary care doctor should be able to help you monitor your condition most of the time. However, there may be situations when you need the care of a thyroid specialist.


April 15, 2013

DaVita: Going Beyond Kidney Care in Push to Overhaul Health Care

Nearly half a million Americans depend on kidney dialysis to keep them alive and one in three of those patients gets their treatment from a company called DaVita (DVA). High demand has this Denver-based health care company growing faster than ever...


April 1, 2013

The Energy Gland: The Effects of an Underactive Thyroid

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March 27, 2013

California issues annual ratings for health plans, physician groups

In the Los Angeles area, the medical groups of UCLA, Cedars-Sinai and HealthCare Partners all received three out of four stars on providing the recommended care.


March 26, 2013

High Residency Match, Yet More Residency Positions Needed

A record 95 percent of this year’s graduating U.S. medical students have matched to available residency positions, yet due to an increase in medical school programs and a pending physician shortage, many experts report, America needs more graduate medical education (GME) residency positions. A bill pending in Congress would increase the number of Medicare-supported residency positions.


March 18, 2013

12 Health Delusions to Ditch

Dr. Chan Chuang, the corporate medical director at HealthCare Partners, talks about care coordination and the benefit of having a primary care physician.


March 1, 2013

IT Infrastructure, Physician Leadership Critical for ACO Success

Dr. Chin discusses the challenges that HealthCare Partners faced as a Pioneer ACO developing its business model in 2012.


February 16, 2013

Frailty in Old Age on KNX 1070AM

Dr. Tyler Jung Discusses Advancements in Protecting Against Frailty in Old Age on KNX 1070AM.


February 7, 2013

Keeping Patients Out of Hospitals: A Private-Sector Approach to Health Reform

Hospitalization alone costs $3,000 to $4,000 per day. By aligning incentives, a California practice is thriving, saving money, and keeping people in their homes and community.


January 17, 2013

Healthcare's Trillion-Dollar Disruption, Forbes Magazine

As a healthtech startup, you can’t help but get excited when Bob Kocher (Venrock) or Esther Dyson speak about the opportunities in healthcare given their impressive track records. Both spoke during this past week’s StartUp Health Summit.


2012 | News

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November 30, 2012

Center for Technology and Aging

Utilizing Response to Reduce Health Service Utilization, Expand Clinical Capacity and Improve the Quality of Life for Older, COPD Patients: HealthCare Partners


November 20, 2012

The Clinical Advisor

Expand Clinical Capacity and Improve the Quality of Life for Older


August 10, 2012

The Clinical Advisor, Center for Technology and Aging

Utilizing Interactive Voice Response to Reduce Health Service Utilization, Expand Clinical Capacity and Improve the Quality


April 30, 2012

The Clinical Advisor, Center for Technology and Aging, and Moore Foundation

Utilizing Interactive Voice Response to Reduce Health Service Utilization, Expand Clinical Capacity and Improve the Quality of Life for Older, COPD Patients: HealthCare Partners


April 30, 2012

Utilizing Interactive Voice Response to Reduce Health Service Utilization, Expand Clinical Capacity, and Improve the Quality of Life for Older, COPD Patients: HealthCare Partners The Clinical Advisor, Center for Technology and Aging, and Moore Foundation

Utilizing Interactive Voice Response to Reduce Health Service Utilization, Expand Clinical Capacity, and Improve the Quality of Life for Older, COPD Patients: HealthCare Partners


January 20, 2012

Center for Technology and Aging, and Moore Foundation

Expand Clinical Capacity and Improve the Quality of Life for Older, COPD Patients: HealthCare Partners