Getting to yes: some recommendations for re-aligning health payment in the U.S.

U.S. payment systems tend to reward volume-driven rather than value-driven care. Providers respond to incentives to deliver more, and not necessarily better, care. That’s the thesis of a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that analyzes the financing of American health care delivery and provides recommendations to improve that system, rationalize spending on […]

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Don’t cross Baby Mama — McNeil Will Need More Than Motrin For This New Headache

It all started with a baby, a baby carrier, and Motrin. Oh, and an advertising agency who probably got their Mommy-messaging more than a little bit wrong. Twitter, the social networking software, helped fuel this uproar in a matter of hours.   In what is to-date among the fastest viral campaigns in consumer health — […]

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Urban planners and landscape architects are public health professionals

There’s more evidence that green = health. No, not tea, but more green space.   More specifically, access to green space lessens health disparities between the wealthy and the not-so-rich in the community.   Green spaces reduce the health gap between rich and poor, according to a study published in the Lancet, Effect of exposure […]

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Anytime, anywhere health: 2 new reports from CHCF

A very smart doctor told me, “there’s been a realization that the exam room is wherever the patient is.”   That simple, elegant and insightful remark was offered by Dr. Jay Sanders, one of the godfathers of telehealth. I quote him here from my report published this week by the California Health Care Foundation. It’s […]

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Hospitals and devices could win, and and insurers and pharmas will be squeezed: Moody's opines on health care in a post-Obama U.S.

Moody’s, the credit rating agency, offers their post-election impressions in their special comment, U.S. Healthcare Industry: Credit Implications of the U.S. Election. Barack Obama’s campaign roughed out principles for health reform across three issue areas: Access and affordable health care Cost reduction Public health. Moody’s took these as lenses over the state of health care […]

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