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The PHB is Back by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The Population Health Blog received a gratifying number of "Where'd ya go?" reader posts, emails.  Thank you...... It didn't need a handgun to know it wasn't goi ... Read on »
Rising Healthcare Costs: Delayed or Defeated? by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Ready, set...... According to this just-published New England Journal article , analysts are still waiting for the twin forces of 1) an improving U.S. econo ... Read on »
Health Care Cost Insights and Capitation for the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The Population Health Blog finally caught up with the Oct 22/29 "Price, Cost and Competition" issue of JAMA .  One of the more interesting articles was a Viewpoint edi ... Read on »
State of the Art Obesity Management - Keep It Away from Primary Care by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy In the course of the Population Health Blog's last primary care encounter, a measurement of its height and weight determined that it was overweight .  On the way to the exam ... Read on »
President Obama Addresses the Ebola Crisis by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy In this weekly address , President Obama addresses the Ebola crisis.  As we've come to expect from our Chief Executives, it's a perfectly crafted speech that addresses ou ... Read on »
Health Worker Nonchalance About Ebola? by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The Ebola virus Recent reports of two nurses becoming infected with Ebola begs the question of whether they were lax in following infection-control protocol ... Read on »
Associations. Correlations. Inferences. Signals. Yes, That's Big Data by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy America's corporate Directors celebrate big data The Population Health Blog's recent travels recently included a speaking gig at the just concluded Nation ... Read on »
Version 1 Care Management to Prevent Hospital Readmission Fails (Unsurprisingly) by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Does this high profile randomized study "prove" that telephone follow-up of recently discharged inpatients fails to prevent readmissions?  Should hospital leaders reco ... Read on »
Two Additional Reasons Why Health App Adoption is Bound to Grow by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The Population Health Blog is avidly learning about health apps for patients .  As described here , half of U.S adults now own a smartphone, half of them use them to ... Read on »
The Most Interesting Man In the World Teaches the PHB about the Medical Home by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The Population Health Blog isn't sure why its Twitter account was targeted by the Dos Equis ads about the exploits of " the world's most interesting man ." Tweets on how "Hi ... Read on »
Dr. Emanuel Hopes He Dies Before He Gets Old by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Poor judgment. The Population Health Blog can't discern another explanation for Ezekiel Emanuel's  Why I Hope to Die at 75 article in The Atlantic.  Since leaving Washing ... Read on »
The Antifragile VA: Lessons from the NFL by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Unacceptable behavior. Tone deaf sanctions. Superficial investigations blaming a few bad apples. Contrite leadership promising change. Population Health Blog readers mig ... Read on »
Telehealth Helps! by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy ... and have you taken your pills today? Are you in the "telehealth" business?  Do you sell, buy, broker or provide remote monitoring, telephonic follow ... Read on »
Is One DIet Program Better Than Another for Weight Loss? by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy As a doctor, the Population Health Blog was often asked by overnourished patients to help find a "best" diet.  Its advice to simply eat less and skip desert, however, was ... Read on »
Of Risk Stratification, Health System Variation and "Stupid" Decision-Making by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy A fly in the ointment Years ago, a middle-aged Population Health Blog patient came in for a routine follow-up appointment.  Since his last visit, he had dev ... Read on »
The Latest Health Wonk Review Is Up! by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Are you proud to be a "wonk?"  Well, you can burnish your wonky credentials by clicking here and checking out David Williams ' latest edition of the Health Wonk Review. You ... Read on »
Is the United States the Only Country Into "Patient Engagement?" (plus a definition) by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Patient engagement is there too! The answer is no.  Check out this paper in Health Affairs that defines patient engagement as ordinary people who manage the ... Read on »
Underwriting vs. Care Management by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Rock on, care management In the course of learning about care management , the Population Health Blog has benefitted from sitting at the feet of high-functi ... Read on »
The Growing Parallels Between Health Care and Power Utilities by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy In some of its past musings, the Population Health Blog drew parallels between the airline industry and health care . While it knows nothing about aviation, who cares? It ... Read on »
CMS Succumbs to Disease Management Style Spin? by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy If, thanks to the medical home or disease management, you've witnessed the improvements in patients' care, you've also probably been frustrated by those silly skeptics' in ... Read on »