Policymakers and regulators have not fully considered the consequences of and public reaction to transforming short-term plans from a stop-gap measure to a substitute for more comprehensive plans provided through the Affordable Care Act.
Commentary: Local solutions, broad collaboration offer best way to address social determinants of health
Social determinants of health are universal, but their impact in one state versus another is local. That's why it makes sense for community-based safety-net plans and providers, as well as allied community organizations to work together to address the social determinants.
In this era of consumer-centric care, it's critically important to ensure that our clinicians, executives and even members of our governing boards, accurately represent and reflect the communities we serve.
Commentary: Providers have made strides on interoperability; let's add urgency to finally cross the finish line
Achieving full interoperability will benefit the entire healthcare system, says Rick Pollack and Chip Kahn.
Consumerism is dramatically changing the healthcare landscape and expectations. This shouldn't come as a surprise since it's already happened in all other sectors of our economy. The industry needs to embrace the challenge.
My trip to Davos to participate in the World Economic Forum was a productive and exciting gaze into the future of healthcare delivery: a world of healthcare with no address, greater immersion in population health strategies and a global push to advance mental health treatment.
Commentary: Healthcare industry is a driver of climate change; it needs to be a leader in finding solutions
Given the size and scope of the healthcare sector in the U.S. and globally, healthcare leadership has the opportunity to play a major role in mitigating the coming changes.
Commentary: Proposed changes to 'public charge' rule would harm immigrant patients and their families
Proposed changes could harm low-income workers by forcing them to choose between accessing vital work supports—basic health coverage, food and housing services that keep them healthy and able to work—and maintaining their immigration status.
As we continue to grapple with ways to improve health outcomes, let's reignite this most personal part of healthcare and bring medicine back to its origins as the practice of human beings helping each other heal.
Provider-payer collaborations, through aligned incentives and leveraging a wealth of data, can achieve better care outcomes at a lower cost.
Let's acknowledge that the CMS star-rating system spurs activities that raise costs without improving outcomes and begin rethinking the concept of quality measurement in healthcare.
Payment reform is a way to use financial incentives to change behavior and potentially drive delivery reforms that improve outcomes. We need bold experimentation and rigorous evaluation to figure out how to get it right, Suzanne Delbanco writes.