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]
This piece originally appeared on the Health Affairs Blog.
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?’”
Maheer Gandhavadi (Everett Clinic), Anupam B. Jena (Harvard University), and I have new study in JAMA today on the long-run health consequences of playing professional football.
People with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have a wide range of symptoms and skillsets, and people with severe ASD are often overlooked by researchers. Although policies may target individuals with ASD who have higher service needs, the evaluation of these policies frequently focus on an average effect.
Let’s be honest. Although we find health services research fascinating and engaging, not everyone does. To reach a broader consumer audience, a study must get to the heart of something people care about viscerally. That’s what all the studies have in common in Health Affairs’ 2017 Top 10 most-shared list, two of which involved LDI Senior Fellows.
In August 2017, the US Senate passed The Right to Try Act, which would limit the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) oversight of the use of unapproved drugs in life-threatening situations. It now awaits a vote in the US House of Representatives.
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.
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.
Similar to 23 other states, Pennsylvania requires nurse practitioners to maintain a collaborative practice agreement (CPA) with a physician as a condition of state occupational licensure.
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.
[reposted from the CHERISH blog]