Not a week goes by without another report reminding us that the United States spends more on health care than any other country in the world, yet has worse health outcomes than most. How do we solve this problem and get more for our money? We need to focus on getting each person the right care at the right time.
In early January, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation announced its first program focused on addressing a patient’s social needs. This 5-year, $157 million pilot program, called Accountable Health Communities, will try to bridge the gap between clinical and social services, testing whether addressing these needs can improve health, lower costs, and improve quality for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.
Community Health Workers in Delivery and Payment Transformation: How New Delivery and Payment Models Can Incentivize and Support the Use of CHWs
The current attention on implementing delivery and payment reforms to improve the quality of care and health outcomes while reducing costs creates an important opportunity for greater integration of CHWs into the health care system and for providing more sustainable financing for CHWs. In this brief, we detail how health system transformation initiatives in Vermont and Oregon align with the value that CHWs provide and how these initiatives can incentivize CHW integration.
Families USA and 17 other consumer groups sent a letter to the House of Representatives urging passage of surprise bill legislation that fully protects consumers while preventing inflation in health care costs.
Families USA, in partnership with American Academy of Family Physicians, American Benefits Council, American Federation of State, Country, and Municipal Employees, American Federation of Teachers, First Focus, and Pacific Business Group on Health, is launching Consumers First: The Alliance to Make the Health Care System Work for Everyone.
Explores how wellness programs can encourage people to adopt healthy behaviors, provides examples of model programs, and includes a checklist for designing consumer-friendly wellness programs.
Millions of people in this country face significant barriers to obtaining the basic dental care they need to achieve good oral health. As a result, more than half of people in the U.S. go without any dental care each year, and many struggle with untreated dental disease that can have far-reaching, serious effects on their overall health.
Doctors and Drug Company Dollars: How Recent Strides toward Transparency in Financial Relationships Will Benefit Consumers
GlaxoSmithKline, one of the world's largest pharmaceutical manufacturers, made a bold announcement this week: It's going to stop paying doctors to promote its drugs. In an industry that has long relied on physicians to spread the word to their colleagues about new medicines (and has compensated them handsomely for doing so), this marks what many hope is the beginning of a major change in the culture of medicine and the marketing of drugs.
Over the past two decades, state-based consumer advocates and health care practitioners have worked together to help low-income people—including those living in communities of color or with chronic medical conditions—gain access to health coverage. As more people gained insurance coverage, consumer advocates and health care providers focused their attention on improving the patient’s experience with the health care system.
Necessity is the mother of invention. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Pick your favorite idiom, but the point remains the same: Sometimes the only way to get out of a bad situation is to innovate. This theme is at the heart of the brilliant documentary on the health care system, Escape Fire.