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Serving up Health Care with a Side of Good Food

August 25, 2015

How hospitals are changing the nutrition landscape for thousands of workers and visitors nationwide.

Why Are We in Long Term Care?

August 20, 2015

When I took my medical ethics course in medical school many years ago, I learned about the concept of patient autonomy, which is basically the right to make one’s own decisions.

Leveraging Patient Engagement with the New ACE-12

August 18, 2015

This year, developments with the Altarum Consumer Engagement (ACE) Measure have been very exciting.

Fortress and Frontier in American Health Care

August 13, 2015

My October 2014 monograph, “Fortress and Frontier in American Health Care,” asks why health care has produced no Steve Jobs, why information technology (IT) has innovated so much faster than health care, and what is necessary to make health care as innovative as IT.

Reducing “Low Value Care”: Where Do We Start?

August 11, 2015

Several of my recent conversations with physicians and health finance people have centered on reducing low value care.

Not Your Parents’ White House Conference on Aging

August 6, 2015

The White House held its sixth Conference on Aging, and what a difference a decade makes.

Why Health Cost Growth Increases after Estimators Say it’s Slowing: Observer Effects and Feedback Loops

August 5, 2015

“Health cost growth has slowed down, we think. So let’s increase health costs.” This is the federal government’s apparent response to some recent sanguine estimates about the future of health cost growth.

August is National Breastfeeding Month

August 4, 2015

The theme for August 2015, National Breastfeeding Month (NBM), is Breastfeeding at Work: Let’s Make It Work! This is an extremely appropriate focus, because while more than 75% of new mothers start out breastfeeding their babies, this figure drops steadily after 3–6 months.

Sixth White House Conference on Aging: Now It’s Time to Do More. A Lot More.

July 29, 2015

Around the country, people at more than 600 “watch parties” gathered to tune into a livestream of the White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) on Monday, July 13.

How Accurate Are National Health Expenditure Projections?

July 28, 2015

The next set of official Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) health spending projections is scheduled for release July 28.

Nondiscrimination in Health Care — States Stepping Up 2.0

July 21, 2015

When I last wrote about the emerging role of the states in bringing to fruition the promise of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Section 2706, “Nondiscrimination in Health Care,” several legislatures were starting to move bills through committees with the objective of creating state-based versions of Section 2706.

Creating a Social Media Report That Matters

July 16, 2015

As with any communications effort, the social media bottom line comes down to impact. Can you prove that the time, money, and effort put into social media helped achieve your agency’s goals?

Down Memory Lane: Fighting Big Tobacco Through Policy Change

July 14, 2015

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.

Care Delivery Transformation in California: Aligning Opportunities with Capacity

July 9, 2015

Health care coverage issues are still front and center when the media talks about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, the delivery system reform elements of the law are quietly having a profound impact on today’s health care landscape.

Mayo Makes Case for Medicare Reimbursement for Telemedicine

July 7, 2015

Nurses Jennifer Meindel and Chad Ditlevson stand in front of monitors in a small room at the Mayo Clinic reading vital signs and occasionally calling up video images of patients lying in beds. All of the 40-some patients cycling across the screens are in intensive care in the Mayo Clinic Health System. But none of them are actually at Mayo.

Integrated Health Care: Nothing New Under the Sun

June 25, 2015

President Obama’s crafting of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the passing of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008, and the focus on public health approaches to holistic health care are creating quite a buzz.

Realizing the Promise of Health Care Big Data Analytics

June 23, 2015

Like most industries, health care is suffering from data overload, presenting both a challenge and an opportunity.

Health Reimbursement Accounts and the Military Health System

June 18, 2015

When beneficiaries other than active- duty officials have private health insurance, the MHS is required to collect from third- party payers (TPP) the cost of medical services provided to MHS beneficiaries to the fullest extent allowable under Title 10 of the United States Code, Section 1095.

Geriatrics Experts and Consumer Advocates Build a Bridge

June 16, 2015

The Voices for Better Health project at Community Catalyst, a Boston-based national consumer health advocacy organization, has released a new video highlighting an important strategy to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable older adults

KAI Research, Inc. Provides the “Right Science. Right Patients. Right Data”

June 11, 2015

As a full-service contract research organization (CRO) and health research company, KAI Research, Inc. has helped pharmaceutical, academic, and federal clients bring innovative drug treatments and other interventions to market by supporting early clinical phase I studies through phase III trials and postmarketing efforts.