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Public-private partnership advances accountable care readiness in Massachusetts community hospitals
Patient Centered Care / Patient Centered Innovation / Uncategorized

Public-private partnership advances accountable care readiness in Massachusetts community hospitals

Gabriel Malseptic, Lauren Melby, and Kathleen Connolly Community hospitals are essential to the Massachusetts health care system: they provide locally accessible, high-quality care at a low cost to a large share of the Commonwealth’s patients. Yet, community hospitals generally experience razor-thin operating margins, which are largely driven by lower reimbursement rates—the result of serving a … Continue reading

Finding the Joy in Medicine: Using Scribes in Primary Care
Insights / Patient Centered Care

Finding the Joy in Medicine: Using Scribes in Primary Care

Jennifer Childs-Roshak, MD, MBA   Much has been made of finding the joy in medicine of late as more patients seek care, fewer physicians are trained for primary care and electronic medical record (EMR) systems become more sophisticated.  Primary care clinician burnout is at epic proportions.  Population health is often hailed as one way to … Continue reading

When Doing Less Means Doing More: The Taking Action on Overuse Framework
Applied Health IT / Patient Centered Innovation / Payment Innovation

When Doing Less Means Doing More: The Taking Action on Overuse Framework

  By Emmy Ganos, Michael Parchman, and Brian Austin Much about the immediate future of health care is uncertain, but one trend is clear—the push to encourage value-based care is ongoing. Many payers and purchasers in the public and private sectors continue to emphasize the importance of pursuing value-based payment agendas, and at the Robert … Continue reading

Global Health Trafficking, Systems and Ethics
Global Health / Inspiration

Global Health Trafficking, Systems and Ethics

  By Abhishek Dalal Introduction: The kidney transplantation waiting list far exceeds the number of donors, and there has been renewed discussion around the idea of selling kidneys. Meanwhile, kidney trafficking continues where the stolen organs are mostly transplanted to Westerners who are trying to survive. What may seem like a domestic issue is, indeed, … Continue reading

Linking Professionalism to the Implementation of Choosing Wisely
Quality Improvement

Linking Professionalism to the Implementation of Choosing Wisely

By Daniel Wolfson, MHSA and Anthony Suchman, MD In the paper, Choosing Wisely®: A Case Study of Constructive Engagement in Health Policy, we describe how a constructive engagement approach to the Choosing Wisely campaign helped build strong partnerships with more than 70 specialty societies, Consumer Reports, and a bevy of consumer groups and other stakeholders … Continue reading

Beyond the Dartmouth Atlas – Regional Variation in Private Health Care Spending
Insights

Beyond the Dartmouth Atlas – Regional Variation in Private Health Care Spending

By Gregory Curfman, MD The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care, compiled over the past several decades, is a unique data source on geographic variations in health care spending and practices. Such regional variations may be quite marked and present illuminating trends in practice patterns. Conclusions drawn from the Dartmouth Atlas, however, are limited by the fact that the Atlas … Continue reading