Health Care Delivery: Commentary

Digital Marketing to Physicians: Policy Lags Behind Practice

Nov. 12, 2014

In a Perspective in today’s New England Journal of Medicine, David Grande, LDI's Co-Director of Health Policy, and colleagues write about new digital forms of pharmaceutical and medical device marketing to physicians. The same technologies that can be used to support clinical practice—such as electronic health records, social media, and mobile applications—can also be used to conduct market research and to market directly to physicians. Grande and colleagues write:

Carrots and Sticks to Reduce Readmissions and Improve Home Health Care

Oct. 1, 2014

The Affordable Care Act has generated carrots and sticks for hospitals to reduce readmissions. With the goal of achieving the Triple Aim (improving quality of patient care, improving population health, and reducing overall cost of care), innovative care delivery models are being tested locally and nationally, including the roll-out of Accountable Care Organizations and bundled payment programs. These programs create incentives in terms of shared savings for health care systems that provide high quality, coordinated care.

Insourcing Innovation: Harnessing The strengths Within

May. 8, 2014

It’s not easy to make the case that health care innovation can come from within…from the physicians and nurses on the front lines of patient care. Clinically-trained, path-driven, and time-starved, these clinicians may not appear to be the best source of disruptive change in health care.

Patient-Centered Medical Homes: The Next Generation

Mar. 3, 2014

The ugly truth is that health care is often inefficient, costly, and does not meet the needs of its principal constituent -- the patient. This realization has led many physicians and health systems to enthusiastically turn to a new model for delivering primary care, the patient-centered medical home. The patient-centered medical home is a simple idea. It reorganizes care around the needs of the patient, emphasizing coordinated, accessible, and efficient care. In short, it reimagines the health care delivery system in the best image of itself.

Why the SGR should matter to medical educators

Nov. 26, 2013

The Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula – a source of unpredictability in Medicare payments to physicians – may finally be repealed. While this might seem unrelated to medical education, what happens next could have a significant impact on academic medicine and the training of students, residents and fellows.

Consumer Preferences Toward Non-Physician Providers

Oct. 3, 2013

Cross-posted on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Human Capital Blog

All too often, the debate about expanding the role of nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) takes place in a vacuum, as though these practitioners do not already deliver significant amounts of primary care. But they do, and existing evidence indicates that quality of care and patient satisfaction are good as a result.

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