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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
July 28, 2015
The next set of official Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) health spending projections is scheduled for release July 28.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.