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"Fusing" Randomized Clinical Trials and Big Data: Another Value Proposition for Population Health? by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Randomized controlled trials are the crown jewel of clinical research.  By allocating patients to one of two or more treatment protocols (or "arms"), they can ascertain cau ... Read on »
Scaling Mindfulness to Population Health and Tobacco Addiction: The Science Behind the Art by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Think about it.... Years ago, the young Population Health Blog was a part of a nurse-led tobacco cessation program .  Hundreds of patients later, we reporte ... Read on »
Channeling the Fox News Rebublican Debate for Health Care Reform by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Last night, the Population Health Blog secured a suitable beverage supply, pulled up a chair and tuned to the Republican Party debate. As predicted , there was little substa ... Read on »
The Gap Between Rank and File Physicians and Their Leaders by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Awaiting our orders Talk about a study in contrasts. According to this Commonwealth Fund and Kaiser Family Foundation survey , only a minority of "front- ... Read on »
Health Care Cost Inflation Returns by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy True, that.... Call it the return to the old normal. With the slow recovery of the U.S. economy, the advent of some blockbuster drugs and the entry of mo ... Read on »
A Primer on Population Health by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy If you need to help a colleague who is clueless about cost-saving potential  of  population health , the Population Health Blog recommends you refer him or her to  this effi ... Read on »
Are Primary Care Physicians (PCPs) Important to ACO Success? Payment Arrangements Say Otherwise by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Long ago, the Population Health Blog learned that when it comes to health insurance, capitation or bundled payments brakes, while fee-for service payments are gas. Too man ... Read on »
The Latest Health Wonk Review is Up! by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Hank Stern of the InsureBlog has posted the latest version of the Health Wonk Review.  Titled Hot Summer Nights, Cool Summer Drinks, this compendium of posts is sure to quen ... Read on »
Three Downsides to Commercial Health Insurer Consolidation by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Writing in The Wall Street Journal , Scott Gottlieb argues that the Aetna-Humana and the Anthem-Cigna combinations are evidence of waning insurer competition that is the d ... Read on »
The Potential of Community Health Workers (CHWs) by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy He was among the highest. Utilizers of healthcare services, that is.  I had the pleasure of talking to a physician who is leading a group of community health worker ... Read on »
Apps Will Astonish by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy "Now this is meaningful use!" In case you think the future for healthcare apps will be characterized by health information technology (HIT) "dead zones" of ... Read on »
Are Some Physicians Stockholm Syndrome Victims? by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy A hostage sides with her captors in a bank hold-up Years ago, when the Population Health Blog was the staff physician supervising an overworked inpatient c ... Read on »
The Myriad Ways of Strategy and Population Health for Governance Boards and Health Care Leaders by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy What's it take to be a "luminary?" As healthcare organization leaders grapple with health reform's uncertainties , a common refrain is importance of " strat ... Read on »
"Generative" Health Care Leadership, Governance and Boards of Directors by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Time to get "generative!" Thanks to bout of troublesome weather, the Population Health Blog has been stranded somewhere in the U.S. air-travel network. Unda ... Read on »
Predictions for a 50% Health Care Economy by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Health care costs too much.  Having to pay more for doctors, hospitals and pills is threatening national security , undermining our industrial competitiveness , leading to ... Read on »
Vegas' Healthcare Lessons: A Field Trip Report by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The Population Health Blog spent the last week in Vegas exploring the actuarial, medical, predictive, economic, social and quality dimensions of an important part of the p ... Read on »
For the Commercial Health Insurers, Winter Is Coming by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Fans of HBO's hit fantasy TV series Game of Thrones will recognize the adage.  In the show, the continent of Westeros has had a long hot summer of breasts, butts and b ... Read on »
The Latest Health Wonk Review Is Up by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The Health Wonk Review is a linked summary of the better insights from smart health policy bloggers.  The latest edition is hosted by Joe Paduda of Managed Care Matters. ... Read on »
Curing the Healthcare Digital Divide: There's an App for That by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Whither meaningful use? For better or worse, policymakers, politicians and health leaders in the United States are committed to achieving paperless healthca ... Read on »
Some Social Media on the Topic of Social Media by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Thanks to this outfit , the Population Health Blog discovered this compelling factcandy video on the topic of social media.  In the meantime, Fatboy Slim's earcandy has  ... Read on »