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Recovery Month—Hats off to the Graduates of the School of Hard Knocks

September 8, 2015

The month of September is a chance for the nation’s recovery community to celebrate. All over the country, people are holding events that focus on the regaining of full citizenship in their communities; reunification with families, both biological and chosen; reconnection with their faith and spiritual communities; and a life of health and wellness.

Making the Case for Effective Health Care Community-Based Organization Partnerships

September 3, 2015

In the next decade, health care payments will substantially transition from fee for service or fee for utilization risk (the current capitation model) to fee for outcomes.

Value of Public-Private Partnerships to Health

September 1, 2015

In December 2014, a working meeting to reach consensus on principles that would govern food and nutrition research public-private partnerships (PPP) was held.

Health Education Takes Center Stage

August 27, 2015

The Institute of Medicine reports that students in kindergarten through 12th grade get only four to six hours of nutrition education per school year.

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.