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Credble Numbers on Obamacare: And Why is the 16.3% Prevalence of Persons Without Health Insurance... by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The signed Affordable Care Act We finally have some credible numbers on what's happened to insurance enrollment under Obamacare. The paper can be found here ... Read on »
Care Management: What a Bargain by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy They did it again! Sound familiar? Patients' intake into the program was initiated with a face-to face meeting with a nurse care manager.  After a physic ... Read on »
New Insights on Big Data by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Say hello to big data! This week's The Economist  discusses some of the implications of "big data." Population Health Blog readers may recall the Facebo ... Read on »
Professional Physician Organizations: A Continuing Necessary Ingredient for Ongoing Health Reform by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy This JAMA article on "Professional Organizations' Role in Supporting Physicians to Improve Value in Health Care"  reminds readers that "organized medicine" continues to have ... Read on »
The Medicare Advantage Stars Program: Who Keeps the Money, Is it Evidence-Based and What About... by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The Population Health Blog has been practically banished from our living room when the spouse is watching TLC's Say Yes to the Dress .  This reality show follows the trava ... Read on »
Here Comes Defined Contribution: Implications for Population Health by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy "Here they come!" Regular Population Health Blog readers understand that defined benefit insurance plans provide for the future coverage of services (for ex ... Read on »
The Contraception Mandate: The Supreme Court Hobby Lobby Decision's Five Ironies by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Much of the commentariat's dismay over the setback of Obamacare's contraception mandate has been based on the twin principles of women's health and economic justice.  But ... Read on »
Parallels Between U.S. World Cup Soccer and Health Policy by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Like tens of millions of other Americans, the Population Health Blog's productivity nosedived during yesterday's United States versus Belgium World Cup game . Against sign ... Read on »
The Contraception Mandate: SCOTUS Quotes by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Liberals are outraged and conservatives are overjoyed.  While the Population Health Blog is neither, it was interested enough to go to the Supreme Court's opinion page , r ... Read on »
A Path Toward Further Health Reform Is Lined With the IRS? by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy As attention has shifted to phantom IRS emails, misbehaving Iraqis and our newfound national awareness of soccer's off-side rule, it's only natural for the Population He ... Read on »
A "Penny Dreadful" Take on Health Reform by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy To the spouse's enduring disappointment, the Population Health Blog has been ensnared by the Showtime horror series Penny Dreadful .  Set in the 1890'sVictorian England, ... Read on »
The Majority of Medicare Spending Variation Is Unexplained by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy From time to time, the Population Health Blog spouse finds that her husband is insufficiently attentive.  During a recent conversation about that very topic, things stoppe ... Read on »
The Cost-Saving Elevator-Pitch for the Patient Centered Medical Home by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Ready, set, elevator, go! Over the last year, several colleagues have asked the Population Health Blog to compactly summarize the economic return for the Pa ... Read on »
The Commonwealth Fund Keeps Score on U.S. Healthcare: Less Here Than Meets the Eye by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy YOU are in last place! According to news reports on the Commonwealth Fund 's comparison of the United States' healthcare to other developed countries, we ar ... Read on »
The Evidence Supporting Heart Failure Care Management by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy "Yawn!" In the earliest days of the national trade association "disease management" meetings, the Population Health Blog encountered so many sessions and ab ... Read on »
The Patient Centered Medical Home PCMH Gets On Base with Increased Quality in the Real World by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Getting to first base Advocates for the Patient Centered Medical Home will probably like what they see in the lead research article in the June 3 Annals of ... Read on »
Insulin for Persons Already on Metformin: A Population Health Perspective by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy As most population health providers know, diabetes guidelines tend to focus on shorter-term or "intermediate" outcomes, such as average blood sugar levels or A1c levels.  Th ... Read on »
The Turing Test Falls: Implications for Health Care Decision Support by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy In the futuristic movie Blade Runner , Detective Rick Deckard's (played by Harrison Ford) skill at "retiring" renegade robotic replicants depends on a series of trick que ... Read on »
More Big Insights on Big Data by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Given the data, what are her chances of getting breast cancer? Unable to sate its big appetite for big data insights, the Population Health Blog glommed ... Read on »
Looking Ahead to the Second Enrollment Wave of Obamacare This Fall by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Big or small? The latest just-published edition of Health Affairs has a sobering reminder written by Tricia Brooks (" Open Enrollment, Take Two ") that the ... Read on »