JEN Frailty Index

Key Features:

- For more information see this brief video

- Uses claims data to identify Medicare and Medicaid enrollees at risk for long-term care admission within 9-12 months
- Creates a risk score based on 13 impairment categories, which encompasses nearly 1,800 diagnoses found to be significantly related to concurrent or future long-term care services
- Impairment categories include ambulatory limitations, dementia, chronic medical disease, and others

Potential Applications:

- Can be used by health care providers to implement interventions that would prevent or delay the need for long-term care
- Useful for both payers and hospital systems (especially accountable care organizations and health systems implementing bundled payments) to assess risk of populations and to target interventions.

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Requires input of all patient diagnoses from all settings of care within the year.

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  2. Gilden, D. M., Kubisiak, J. M., Kahle-Wrobleski, K., Ball, D. E., & Bowman, L. (2014). Using US Medicare records to evaluate the indirect health effects on spouses: a case study in Alzheimer's disease patients. BMC Health Services Research, 14(1), 291.
  3. JEN Associates (2008). MassHealth Senior Care Options Program Evaluation: Pre-SCO Enrollment Period CY2004 and Post-SCO Enrollment Period CY2005 Nursing Home Entry Rate and Frailty Level Comparisons. Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services.