The Age-Friendly Health System is an initiative created by The John A. Hartford Foundation and Institute for Healthcare Improvement in partnership with the American Hospital Association and Catholic Health Association of the United States. Its goal is for every older person to receive the best care possible, avoid harm and be fully satisfied with their care.
According to the Age-Friendly Health System, by 2030, seven to eight million baby boomers will be 65-plus years old. In addition, 80% of them will have one chronic ailment and 75% will be managing two chronic ailments.
The system’s effort is built on the 4Ms framework:
This progressive approach to care greatly improves the patient experience. Equally as important, it improves outcomes, reduces emergency department visits, minimizes length of stay and limits re-admission. Both departments that piloted the program, the acute inpatient rehabilitation unit and ambulatory practice, St. Joseph Primary and Specialty Care, boast that 100% of their 65-plus years old patients have been evaluated with the 4M framework.