As our economy takes off, there are still many left behind or in need of a helping hand – including veterans with disabilities, those with behavioral health and addiction challenges, the undocumented without access to health services, refugees seeking a new start, and many, many more. Not-for-profit health and social service agencies are often the
Living in the rarified world of VIP access to health care maybe it’s time for a non-randomized clinical trial, with Congressman being in a study group where they have to pay out-of-pocket fee-for-service with no reimbursement, for prostate screening and treatment. So they can experience what life was like for 20 million Americans before Obamacare.
As a former hospital CEO, with many colleagues at nearby hospitals, I had quick access to the best medical care. Now, as a Medicare enrollee, I am finding it more and more difficult and time-consuming to find doctors who will take Medicare. And, of course, I don’t want to sacrifice quality for price. When a
Doctor, Did You Wash Your Hands?™ was created to explore healthcare transformation with the advent of the ACA. Now that it will be likely be nullified we need to figure out what that might mean and what will happen. Foundations of the ACA for providers included: Population Health management and Investment in ambulatory care centers;
After turning on my GPS app to monitor my walking time, pace, distance, and calories burned, I started thinking about how technology can change physician/ patient communication for the better, if used thoughtfully. For example, an article discussing the stethoscope as a historical artifact, raises the question are our physicians’ early or deferred adopters of
Some highly acclaimed initiatives to improve access to quality primary health care and reduce cost have proved challenging. Over the past several weeks we have seen several glaring examples – hospitals leaving ACOs, no change in ED use, the uphill strategy to train more primary care physicians, and “whatever happened” to medical homes. Dartmouth was
Is Concierge Medicine simply an under-the-radar way of letting CM members “jump to the front of the line” silently creating a dual system of care based on ability to pay a “private” surcharge? (A) A stated goal of the Affordable Care Act is to “Make coverage more secure for those who have insurance, and extend