Monthly Archives: April 2013

CBO Scoring Misses Billions in Potential Savings from Obesity Prevention Programs

Current methods for estimating the costs and savings of federal health legislation miss billions of dollars in potential long-term returns from effective obesity prevention policies, according to a new study released by the Campaign to End Obesity. Changing the way … finish reading CBO Scoring Misses Billions in Potential Savings from Obesity Prevention Programs

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Appreciative Inquiry Health Coaching Tool Addresses Strengths, Not Weaknesses

While all coaching tools are used to help inspire and engage people, appreciative inquiry is particularly effective because it builds on a person’s strengths instead of weaknesses, says Dennis Richling, MD, chief medical and wellness officer for HealthFitness. Too often … finish reading Appreciative Inquiry Health Coaching Tool Addresses Strengths, Not Weaknesses

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Recent Slowdown in Health Spending Growth Mostly Tied to the Economy: Study

The nation’s record slow growth of health spending in recent years is mostly tied to the economy, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation analysis. Based on statistical modeling and analysis by health cost experts at the Foundation and Altarum … finish reading Recent Slowdown in Health Spending Growth Mostly Tied to the Economy: Study

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Can Team-Based Care Improve Primary Care Delivery and Patient Outcomes?

Assessing whether team-based care can improve primary care delivery and patient outcomes is the subject of study published in Population Health Management, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. publishers. Researchers from George Washington University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and … finish reading Can Team-Based Care Improve Primary Care Delivery and Patient Outcomes?

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Study Highlights Need for Medical Homes to Identify Mental Health Disorders at Young Age

Despite the known prevalence of mental health issues that emerge during adolescence, nearly half lack a medical home, which could provide them with the appropriate treatment, says a new study from UCSF’s Department of Pediatrics. According to experts, approximately 20 … finish reading Study Highlights Need for Medical Homes to Identify Mental Health Disorders at Young Age

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The ACO Model Figures in Most Hospitals’ Futures

Over 80 percent of surveyed hospitals are making future plans to join or are already participating in an accountable care organization (ACO), according to a new study from L.E.K. Consulting, a global strategy consulting firm. Hospital executives also intend to … finish reading The ACO Model Figures in Most Hospitals’ Futures

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More Than 1 in 5 Americans Remains Uninsured Across U.S. Metro Areas

Nearly half of adult residents living in the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas metro area are uninsured, making it the highest area of uninsured adults in the metro U.S. for the second year in a row, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. The … finish reading More Than 1 in 5 Americans Remains Uninsured Across U.S. Metro Areas

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Young Adults on Parents’ Insurance Most Likely Treated for Depression, Substance Abuse and Pregnancy

Young adults under 26 who are covered on their parents’ health insurance plans are more likely to be treated for depression, substance abuse and pregnancy, according to new research from the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI). Under the ACA, … finish reading Young Adults on Parents’ Insurance Most Likely Treated for Depression, Substance Abuse and Pregnancy

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Better Coordination, Data Needed to Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates

Achieving widespread reductions in preventable hospital readmissions among Medicare beneficiaries may take longer than many healthcare professionals originally anticipated, according to researchers at Penn State, the Weill Cornell Medical College and the University of Pennsylvania. Researchers found that one in … finish reading Better Coordination, Data Needed to Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates

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5 Recommendations for Improving Healthcare Quality While Lowering Costs

Transforming healthcare payments from a fee-for-service (FFS) system to one that rewards quality and value is one of five recommendations aimed at improving healthcare quality while lowering costs nationwide. Five national healthcare organizations representing diverse constituencies have agreed upon a … finish reading 5 Recommendations for Improving Healthcare Quality While Lowering Costs

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