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Helping the most vulnerable: using patient navigators to strengthen health systems in Guatemala

Katia Cnop, Jessica Hawkins, Anita Chary, David Flood, Kirsten Austad, Boris Martinez, Waleska Lopez, Peter Rohloff As Rosita walks through the halls towards her first radiology appointment, she cannot read a single sign. Nurses speak in Spanish nearby, but she cannot understand what they are saying. She passes women who look like her, dressed in … Continue reading

Implementation of a multidisciplinary, team-based model to treat chronic hepatitis C in the primary care setting: Lessons Learned
Insights / Quality Improvement / Uncategorized

Implementation of a multidisciplinary, team-based model to treat chronic hepatitis C in the primary care setting: Lessons Learned

Randi Sokol, Jessica Early, Amanda Barner, Sarah Gottfried, Richard Gumpert, Lorky Libaridian, Virginia Morrison, Alexandra Santamaria, and Linda Shipton While the opioid overdose epidemic has become palpable across our country, another associated problem is rising to crisis levels: over the past five years, there has been a nearly 300% increase in the number of new … Continue reading

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