Grantee Profile: Veterans Administration Central California Health Care System
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Improving Medication Adherence and Self-Management for Chronic Heart Failure at the Veterans Administration Central California Health Care System
The Veterans Administration Central California Health Care System (VACCHCS) is beginning a novel Care Coordination Telehealth program that may help older, community-based veterans better self-manage chronic heart failure (CHF) and adhere to medication regimens.
According to the VACCHCS, more than 5 million Americans have CHF. Older adults are disproportionately affected by CHF because prevalence rises with age. CHF is the leading cause of hospitalization in patients over the age of 65. Frequent hospitalizations are often due to preventable causes such as suboptimal medication adherence and self care.
Nationwide, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) currently treats approximately 41,000 patients in its telehealth program--the largest telehealth program in the world. Published results of four years of data from the VHA’s telehealth program showed a 19 percent reduction in hospitalizations and 25 percent reduction in “bed days of care” for participating patients.