Many measurement programs currently in use—and others being developed—do not differentiate complexity of patient conditions nor account for their settings of care, which results in inaccurate reports on value, says Mayo Clinic CEO Dr. John Noseworthy.
In many countries, indiscriminate antibiotic use in humans, agriculture and animals used for food production has led to the rise of bacteria that are resistant to all commercially available antibiotics. Many are now asking: “Have we returned to a pre-antibiotic era?”
Commentary: Upcoming open enrollment offers opportunity for more Americans to protect health, wealth
Why aren't people jumping at this chance to buy health security? The truth is it's often hard to look past the monthly price of a premium and absorb the real, tangible protection that health insurance provides to a family.
To slash costs, Congress need only mandate that all hospitals, physicians and labs publish legitimate prices—like all other businesses. They can continue to set their own rates, but a different rate for each patient must be prohibited.
The evidence clearly shows that small and rural practices are successful in improving care and lowering costs and even outperforming their urban peers. They are nimble and dedicated to the care of their communities.
Noted universities and internal hospital programs now have programs to develop physician leaders. This push is spurred by healthcare transformations, including the need to improve quality of care, access to care and unsustainable costs.
Eleven prominent healthcare executives call on all industry stakeholders to join the work of the Accountable Care Learning Collaborative to accelerate the shift from volume to value.
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin is proposing sweeping Medicaid changes that would make it harder for Kentuckians to keep their coverage. He threatens to cancel the Medicaid expansion if HHS doesn't approve his plan.
While we have a ways to go, the value-based care model—combining the practice of population medicine with innovative payment models—has already resulted in better health, improved quality and lower costs for patients, providers and health plans.
The recent fracas over the Muddy Waters report about St. Jude Medical's devices raises a number of questions, such as: What are appropriate ways to disclose a vulnerability that may have clinical implications?
The feds can strengthen the system with safeguards, but must avoid unintended devastating consequences for people who depend on charities. The agency has the opportunity to protect an entire class of low-income people with serious illnesses who depend on charitable assistance.
Commentary: Stopping Zika, other emerging health threats requires stronger disease surveillance systems
With the Zika virus now spreading across South Florida and threatening the Gulf states, we are faced with another public health crisis that could potentially have been averted with stronger disease surveillance systems in the U.S. and elsewhere.