By Carmel Shachar, J.D., M.D. , Gregory Curfman, M.D. In an era of heightened demand for health care cost-control, transparency, and quality, state all-payer claims databases (APCDs) are uniquely positioned to unlock an array of value. APCDs systematically collect medical and pharmacy claims from public and private payers within a state, offering a comprehensive view …
Dr John Kohler, a fellow at Duke University, recounts his recent visit to the CMS Innovation Center.
There is widespread agreement among policy makers and healthcare providers that patient-centeredness is an imperative moving forward. But how can we operationalize “patient-centered care?”
America is aging. By 2030, 72 million people age 65 and older will live in the United States and the number of >85 year olds will increase dramatically to 19 million by 2050. Though media attention has focused on the burgeoning health needs of our aging population, little attention has been given to the deleterious effects of the health problems of the aged on their adult children.
The rising and varying price of medical education remains a concerning source of perplexity. Why is the price of medical school soaring? Why are there considerable differences in this pricing?
In a previous issue of our journal, we interviewed Don Berwick, former CMS Administrator (2010-2011). We have chosen to reproduce this interview as it holds important messages for all health care professionals interested in improving health care delivery.
Once commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Dr. Mark McClellan is currently a senior fellow and director of the Health Care Innovation and Value Initiative at the Brookings Institution. Earlier last year, Dr. McClellan was interviewed by our journal about his new role, …
By William B. Borden, MD DATA EMPOWERS CHANGE Health care systems seeking to improve value require data. They need data about the quality and cost of care provided.
By K. John McConnell, PhD In the search for tools to build a high performing health system, many observers have pointed to the potential role for modern management practices, including the approaches of Lean management developed at Toyota and famously adopted by hospitals like Virginia Mason in Seattle. Atul Gawande has suggested that management tools …
By Jeff DellaVolpe As we enter the era of the Affordable Care Act roll out, despite the uncertainty, one truth remains: all of us as healthcare professionals are going to have to do more with less.