Archive for healthcare reform

Foundation Funding to Educate, Train, and Expand the Health Professions Workforce

With implementation of the Affordable Care Act moving forward, one of the major challenges confronting US health care is determining how many health professionals will be needed, especially in primary care, to treat those who will be newly insured in 2014. Separately, as has been well documented by the John A. Hartford Foundation and others, millions of baby boomers are reaching their sixties, and many will need care by professionals well versed in geriatric care. Read more

Linking Insurance Premiums to Wages

A recent article in the Washington Post describes an interesting scenario, whereby health insurance premiums within a company are linked to workers' wages.

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When “More” is not “Better”

Once again, it appears that ‘more’ medical care is not necessarily the ‘best’ medical care. Read more

Do We Really Need to Screen All Children for High Cholesterol?

An expert panel has recently recommended that all children, regardless of family history, undergo universal screening for elevated cholesterol levels. The panel recommends that adolescents undergo lipid screening for non-fasting non-HDL-cholesterol levels or a fasting lipid panel between the ages of 9 and 11 years followed by another full lipid screening test between 18 and 21 years of age. Read more

An Ounce of Prevention….Maybe.

A new study published in Health Affairs predicts that Medicare could save close to $7 billion over 13 years by offering weight management and lifestyle classes to people with prediabetes in the 5 years before they become eligible for Medicare.    But wait…! Read more

Is primary care ‘defensive’ medicine?

A new study in the Archives of  Internal Medicine cites the statistic that 28% of primary care physicians are practicing more aggressively than they would like and that 42% of their patients receive too much medical care.    Read more

Bundled Payments–Will They Really Lower Costs?

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced a new initiative to help improve care for patients while they are in the hospital and after they are discharged. Doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers can now apply to participate in a new program known as the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative (Bundled Payments Initiative). Read more

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