As a recipient of the Alice Hersh Scholarship, I had the privilege of attending AcademyHealth’s 2015 National Health Policy Conference in Washington D.C. In addition to many interesting sessions, I had the opportunity to meet many leaders in the health care space, from health services researchers and policy makers to providers and business leaders.
As the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplaces begin their second year of open enrollment, LDI examines the current and potential impact of the ACA on the health of minority populations. This third post of a five-part series examines how new models of care delivery encouraged by reform will affect minority populations.
Healthcare System Supports for Young Adult Patients with Pediatric Onset Chronic Conditions: A Qualitative Study
In the Journal of Pediatric Nursing, Dava Szalda and colleagues examine how adult primary care teams can facilitate the transition and ongoing care of adults with pediatric onset chronic illness. Currently, over 90% of pediatric patients with chronic medical conditions are living into adulthood. For some pediatric onset chronic conditions there are more adults living with an illness than children. This qualitative study explores practice supports and barriers to care for this population, comparing them to other patients with chronic illness in order to identify facilitators that...
(An edited version of this post appeared in Philly.com)
US health care spending has never grown as slowly as it did last year.
Dwight D. Eisenhower was in the Oval Office when the US government began recording health care spending in 1960. Since that time, growth in health care spending has never been lower than the 3.6% annual rate reported by researchers from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services a few weeks ago in the journal Health Affairs.
A new LDI/INQRI Research Brief, written by Mark Pauly, PhD, Mary Naylor, RN, PhD, and me, reviews the evidence of an existing or looming primary care shortage in the wake of the ACA. Will the combined effects of an aging population, an increase in coverage and demand for care, and a decrease in the number of physicians going into primary care create widespread gaps in access? Who will treat the newly insured, and will this exacerbate existing workforce shortages?
The existence of a primary care physician shortage, even prior to the ACA, is not universally accepted. A new report by the Institute on Medicine found “no credible evidence” that the nation faces a looming physician shortage in primary care specialties. There is greater consensus about a maldistribution of physicians, in terms of specialty, geography, and practice settings.
In a study published today in JAMA, LDI Senior Fellows Mark Neuman and Rachel Werner cast doubt on the strategy of reducing hospital readmissions by preferentially choosing skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) with high quality ratings on Nursing Home Compare, Medicare’s five-star rating system.
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.
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.
How do we get people and organizations to change, especially when what they are currently doing adds little value, is very costly, is perhaps outmoded, and may, at worst, be dangerous? This is the question Benjamin Roman and David Asch raise in their new Annals of Internal Medicine piece on "Faded Promises".