Explains how accountable care organizations give financial incentives to health care providers to work as a team to deliver high-quality care;discusses challenges states face when implementing ACOs in Medicaid.
This piece by Ezekiel J. Emanuel was originally posted in The New York Times Opininoater section.
It is conventional wisdom that end-of-life care is an increasingly huge proportion of health care spending. I’ve often heard it said that people spend more on health care in the year before they die than they do in the entire rest of their lives. If we don’t address these costs, the story goes, we can never control health care inflation.
As full implementation of the Affordable Care Act takes shape this fall, many Americans still wonder how the health care law will affect them. Help us spread the word that the Affordable Care Act is here to stay and that new affordable health coverage options will be available starting on October 1. Check out this recent guest article featured in USA Today to learn more about the many benefits the law has to offer.
Comprehensive care coordination promises to be a key strategy in new care delivery models that aim to improve patient health and reduce waste in the health care system. The Affordable Care Act has made it easier for states to address our country’s rising health care costs by investing in care coordination. States can now design and test new models of care delivery and payment that improve health outcomes and patient experience while also reducing health care spending.
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.
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.
Lays out options for states determining benefit packages (called Alternative Benefit Plans) for those who are newly eligible for Medicaid, including key factors states should consider when designing these benefits.
The goal of our health care system is to keep us all healthy. So it’s not outrageous to think that doctors and hospitals would be paid for meeting this goal, right?
Until recently, hospitals have had no financial incentive to keep patients from returning. In fact, hospitals have historically made money every time a patient is admitted. If it sounds wacky, that’s because it is: Hospitals actually profited from keeping patients sick!
Learn about two types of health insurance models that insurers are implementing to encourage consumers to take a more active role in their health, and find out which model is more effective and why.
Workplace wellness programs have the potential to improve the overall health and well-being of employees by helping them adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles.