Policy Sense Blog

From Medical Care to Health and Well-being

Feb. 20, 2018

At a recent LDI seminar, Nico Pronk, PhD, President of HealthPartners Institute, and Chief Science Officer of HealthPartners, Inc., called for a paradigm shift in how we think about health care in the U.S.  “We pay a ton of money for medical care, [but] we don't get a lot of value for that investment. Do we need more medical care, or do we actually need a shift towards more health and well-being?” he asked.[content_elements:element:0]

Koh Promotes Partnerships at Penn 2018 Health Equity Symposium

Feb. 5, 2018

At Penn’s fourth annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Health Equity Symposium, keynote speaker Howard Koh, MD, MPH, former Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), shared a motivating quote by Dr. King: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

New OECD Report Highlights Expanded Primary Care Role for Nurses

Jan. 9, 2018

To meet population health care needs in developed countries, health systems must shift their focus from treating acute episodes to managing chronic conditions. With the rise of chronic care comes a new set of tasks that are more time-consuming and team-oriented. Policymakers in many countries are seeking to align the size and composition of their primary care workforce to meet these new needs, by expanding the role of advanced nurses.

Top 10 LDI Reads of 2017

Jan. 3, 2018

In 2017, people flocked to LDI in record numbers, with more than 470,000 page views on our website. If eyes (clicks) on the page are any indication, readers looked to LDI for nonpartisan information amidst hyperpartisan policy debates, for insight into the challenges we face in the opioid epidemic and health care reform, and for our research on how to deliver and pay for quality health care. They also celebrated with us as we marked LDI’s 50th Anniversary and honored our founders and leaders.

When Physicians Support Financial Penalties to Reduce Low-Value Care (and When They Don’t)

Dec. 16, 2017

Despite professional consensus, guidelines, and national campaigns, physicians continue to provide many low-value services. These services are defined as having little to no benefit, little benefit relative to their cost, or outsized potential harm compared to their benefit. Policies have tried to promote high-value care by altering physician compensation, but have had limited success in part because they are rarely based on theories of physician behavior.