Robert J. Master

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A cross-sectional survey of 96 people living independently with spinal cord injuries (SCI) in Eastern Massachusetts shows that 57% had been hospitalized at least once in the year before the survey. Sample means were 1.0 admissions and 16.0 days/person/year. Eight percent of the sample (eight persons) accounted for 22% of admissions and 59% of total hospital(More)
Boston's Community Medical Group (BCMG) was among the first primary care group practices to provide community-based continuous primary care to people with major disabling conditions, the first to rely on nurse-practitioners as primary care-givers, and one of the first to provide care on a prepaid capitated basis. With more than one thousand person-years'(More)
When Medicare was amended in 1973, expanding entitlement to people with disability, it played a key role in promoting independence and autonomy and enhancing health care for this population, which traditionally had been underserved. Medicare recipients with disability have been the fastest growing Medicare-entitled population, and Medicare, along with(More)
While medical care is becoming more effective, our health care system is becoming increasingly fragmented from both a care and a financing perspective. This article summarizes our experience with integrating the delivery of care for catastrophically ill and frail elderly. We argue that true integration can only be done within a framework of a financing(More)
A prospective study of the medical care utilization experience of 205 severely-disabled independently-living adults in Eastern Massachusetts shows that there was a mean of 0.83 +/- 1.26 hospital admissions, 9.9 +/- 22.7 hospital days, 1.5 +/- 2.31 emergency room (ER) visits, and 26.88 +/- 44.4 outpatient contacts per person per year. Among those(More)
A prospective study of 87 independently living adults with spinal cord injury (SCI) as a major disabling condition showed the following average annual health care utilization rates: 1.3 hospital admissions, 16.8 days hospitalized, 1.7 emergency room (ER) visits, and 22.4 outpatient contacts (in person or by telephone). Those hospitalized (n = 66)(More)
We describe an approach to health care in the inner city: a multidisciplinary system of physicians and mid-level practitioners that provides individualized care to chronically ill, elderly, homebound, and nursing-home residents of urban Boston who would otherwise be forced into an inappropriate reliance on teaching hospitals. Linked to four neighborhood(More)