Fewer than five years ago, the American healthcare system was in acute distress. Nearly 50 million people were uninsured and anyone could be denied coverage because they had a pre-existing condition.
How do we measure health? If you ask 100 people—physicians, patients, hospitals, caregivers—you could get 100 different answers.
In June 2014, the Medical Group Management Association released the results of a questionnaire that ranked members' most pressing practice management challenges. In this edition of “Practice Makes Perfect,” we'll tackle No. 12 on that list: Engaging patients to improve outcomes.
Excessive health spending creates economic activity, but diminishes national productivity. National wealth increases when efficient labor and capital investment create higher-quality products and services at lower prices.
The value of health information technology covers much more than those five words might imply. All of us, as members of the healthcare community, strive to find and use the most effective tools and methods to improve patient care.
The old proverb states, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” Nowhere does that ring more true than in our nation's healthcare system following the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and it is particularly true for community clinics and health centers.
Last month, the Food and Drug Administration approved the first biosimilar in the U.S.—Sandoz's Zarxio, a biosimilar version of Amgen's Neupogen (filgrastim). This effectively launches a new industry—one where lower-cost biosimilars will eventually create a competitive market.
High prices for cancer drugs are harmful to patients. During the past 15 years, the average price of cancer drugs has increased five- to 10-fold to more than $120,000 as of 2014.
When patients are discharged, they essentially become their own care coordinator—administering medication and scheduling follow-up visits. Providers can significantly improve patient engagement and outcomes by taking advantage of outside care partnerships to help coordinate care across...
New payment models adopted by Medicare and many health plans have clearly led to better care for patients. They also might be helping to slow the overall growth of healthcare spending.
A systems-based approach to improving health considers all factors involved in caring for patients and the many factors that influence one's quality of life. The integration of people, processes, policies and organizations is critical to promoting better health at lower cost.
To master the challenge of population-health management, some healthcare organizations are moving beyond traditional clinical, risk-based analytics to focus on patient engagement and behavior.