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Can an Integrative Health and Wellness Strategy Lead Colorado to Become the Nation’s Healthiest State?
In May of 2013, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper declared his commitment to make Colorado the nation’s healthiest state.
Integrative Medicine and Health After the ACA: No Repeal and Replace for Chronic Pain and Illness
Altarum has recently launched a public health Web application, Michigan’s Dental Registry (MiDR℠), aimed at transforming the way medical and dental providers communicate regarding their patients’ oral health.
May is Lupus Awareness Month—31 days that are nationally recognized for raising awareness and understanding of lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease that affects at least 1.5 million individuals in the U.S. For me, these 31 days are a time to reflect on just one individual’s journey with this disease—my mother’s.
Throughout the globe, the number of elderly individuals continues to increase, with a concomitant rise in life span.
The nation is caught in a flood of chronic pain, opioid use, disability, and death that can be traced to our current approaches to pain.
In 2012, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released an in-depth study of the health and budgetary effects of raising the excise tax on cigarettes. We commented on this study in our blog about the complex economics of disease prevention and longevity.
Too many of Michigan’s children experience a highly preventable dental disease known as early childhood caries (ECC) – tooth decay among children younger than 6 years of age.
‘Tis the season of giving, but it appears that prevention is not on the holiday gift list.
Last month, I interviewed Larry Cohen, founder and executive director of Prevention Institute in Oakland, California. The purpose of the interview was to explore the early years of tobacco control and learn about the origins of this nationwide movement.
Being a parent or caregiver can be a difficult task, especially when it comes to ensuring your children are healthy, equipped for learning, and achieving their potential.
February is American Heart Month, a great time to get people to think about how they can prevent heart disease and stroke.
November is National Diabetes Month and stakeholders across the country are working to bring awareness to the causes of diabetes and ways to prevent and manage the disease. One common misconception is that diabetes is only a disease of older adults caused by obesity and poor diet.
Diabetes is a reality every day of the year for more than 25 million Americans.
One of the most intriguing trends in health care improvement is the formation of initiatives that are accelerating interprofessional education (IPE) among a range of health and medical professions. One of the most promising of these is the Integrative Medicine in Preventive Medicine Education program (IMPriME) that is being managed by the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM).
Today, social media analytics represents a new shift in understanding consumers. Every day, millions of Facebook and Twitter posts create, “like,” share, and comment on posts; retweet and mention; click Facebook ads. These digital footprints can be translated into invaluable insights.
Dr. Victor Montori and his colleagues have begun to call for an approach to medicine that they describe as “minimally disruptive medicine.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a report that shows a dramatic rise in the number of individuals diagnosed with diabetes in U.S. states and territories.
As part of Recovery Month activities, Altarum’s Behavioral Health Coordinating Center held a live Twitter chat to discuss the role of recovery in addictions.
State-of-the-art revenue management services – especially those related to collecting revenue from private health insurers – are important in providing a strong financial undergirding for the Veterans’ health system.
A majority of consumers want to be able to do more for themselves when managing chronic illness.
There must be a physician who knows and understands the diseases the patient has and how they interact, all the medications he has been prescribed, which ones he actually takes, and, most important, the patient himself—his usual state of health and his routines.
Continuity of care, being followed by the same doctor over time, something we took for granted 50 years ago, is critical now, especially for frail, elderly patients with complex medical problems accumulated over a lifetime.
Altarum Institute is exploring as a possible solution an approach called “Decent Care Values,” in which dignity and agency are the core individual level values.
Models most likely to meaningfully improve quality of life and the efficiency of health care delivery are those that both coordinate care among providers and actively engage people in planning and decision-making.
Two new reports show that where you live, learn, work and play have a major impact on how healthy you are and how long you live.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, more than one-third of children and adolescents are overweight or obese.
Due to the rapid increase in prescription drug abuse, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared prescription drug abuse an epidemic.
As a result of our health system, we will experience fear: constant anxiety over unreliability and gaps; high cost from waste and mismatching of needs with services; and widespread dishonesty.
An interest in encouraging the “right” behaviors has led to narrowly focused incentives for specific treatments.
The challenge to getting high-quality, cost-effective health care is understanding the range of variables in a person’s life that drive health care use and costs.
When I hear people talk about integrated health systems, or ACOs, or medical homes, or bundling or any of those innovations, I don’t hear a lot of explicit talk about palliative care, or end-of-life care.
High rates of chronic diseases are among the biggest drivers of U.S. health care costs and they are harming our nation’s productivity.
If there’s one thing everyone in Washington can agree on it’s that prevention is good. And that’s about as far as the agreement goes.
In a complex system, we are often so grateful for the few carefully done and reported research endeavors that funders and researchers easily fall into the trap of insisting upon slavish replication.
So many fundamental activities crucial to our daily lives can be measured with certainty and confidence, but not so in health care—and certainly not when it comes to aging and long-term services and supports.
I want to take a step back, looking at three research projects aimed at developing something that may work—something that may improve end of life care for both the patient and the family.
A column by New York Times columnist David Brooks, read in combination with a recent report from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) make painfully clear how urgently America must rethink the way it approaches the end of life.
What we don’t often acknowledge is that a very important revision in how we conceive hospital care underlies penalties and incentives to force coordination between hospitals and post-hospital providers.
The cornerstone of a more effective and efficient system of care is to engage people in making decisions about their life and health in a way that upholds their dignity, independence, and right to self determination.
I decided to revisit a story I wrote in the spring of 2009 for the Washington Post/Kaiser Health News, exploring what was then the relatively new topic – outside the research and policy world – of reducing hospital readmissions.
Sadly, Glenn Campbell has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’ disease. Mr. Campbell’s decision to put a face on this awful disease by continuing to tour is a mark of real courage and heart.
Mary Naylor, Ph.D., R.N. and team have developed and refined a Transitional Care Model at the University of Pennsylvania.
The patient-centered medical home has grabbed the limelight as a new model of health care that offers an alternative to fragmented, impersonal, and wasteful care that has become the norm throughout much of the U.S.
There was the constant expectation that my family could step in as caregivers, that we could somehow manage the machinery and technology intended to keep my grandmother comfortable through her final days.
Consumer Reports, which has been rating everything from cars to coffeemakers for the past 75 years, evaluated a different kind of item earlier this year: heart screening tests.
A major challenge of the current system of care for adults with functional limitations is the inability of middle-income individuals to protect themselves against the financial risk of needing and accessing available supports and services to help them remain in their homes and communities.
America is waging its war against heart disease with stockpiles of statins. More than one of every six adults—nearly 40 million people—now takes these cholesterol-lowering drugs.
January 1st each year millions of us resolve to improve our health—to eat less, exercise more, quit smoking, and so on. But if staying healthy was that easy—we’d all keep our resolutions.
Some research has established that medications can be cut in nursing home patients with good outcomes. But in the community, where there is often no single doctor keeping track of all the patients’ medicines, it can be challenging.
Better Health involves more than 20 stakeholders including health systems, hospitals, payors, and state and local government. More than 45 participating physician practices take part in learning collaboratives, and report on outcomes and care.
My fear is that much of the non value-added bureaucracy of health insurance and the “more-and-newer-is better-at-any cost” medical-industrial practices are reinforced rather than rejected, codified rather than carved out under the PPACA.
Solving the obesity epidemic in this country isn’t as simple as it sounds, according to a report by Trust for America's Health.
Transitions are one of the weak points in the U.S. health care system. Poor coordination and inadequate communication around transitions is particularly pronounced in the care of frail elderly people with multiple chronic diseases.
Lost amid the yearlong debate over health reform were some major changes to the way in which the United States funds public health, prevention, and wellness programs as a result of the passage of health reform legislation.
As if just talking about dying weren’t hard enough for most of us, now comes the disinformation campaign about end-of-life care discussions waged by opponents of health care reform.
Last May, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution naming May “National Bicycle Month,” giving federal recognition to our most efficient form of transportation.