Statewide Data Show Benefits of Age-Friendly Health Systems

Posted on January 08, 2021

Age-Friendly Health Systems Action CommunityMany older adults have more than one chronic disease and take multiple medications, which has many healthcare implications. With advanced age, medical care and treatment become more complex. In 2019, statewide data shows:

  • There were over 100,000 Michigan inpatient admissions per the Michigan Inpatient Database. Of those, approximately 41.9% were patients who were over the age of 65.
  • 16.1% of inpatients over the age of 65 who were considered at-risk discharges were readmitted.
  • 17.1% of all emergency department visits were made by patients 65 and older, according to the Michigan Outpatient Database.

Healthcare organizations need to be equipped to meet the needs of this rapidly growing population. Therefore, the MHA Keystone Center is launching a second cohort of the Age-Friendly Health Systems Action Community to assist hospitals and healthcare organizations in supporting the needs of Michigan’s older adults.

Throughout the seven-month Action Community, participants will build on existing practices within their organizations and enhance them to reliably implement the evidence-based framework referred to as the 4Ms: What Matters, Medication, Mentation and Mobility. This framework is designed to ensure that all older adults receive high-quality care in each setting, resulting in improved health outcomes for these patients and lower costs.

The Age-Friendly Health Systems Action Community will launch in March and is open to hospital-based, ambulatory care and extended care teams. The Action Community will adapt the content to best meet the needs of healthcare organizations during the evolving pandemic. An informational webinar will be held Jan. 21 to discuss the program timeline and overall framework. 

Healthcare teams interested in participating in this Action Community can find additional information and enroll online. Members with questions may contact the MHA Keystone Center.


  • Statewide Data Show Benefits of Age-Friendly Health Systems

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