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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 »
Perspectives on Exercise for Elders by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Despite its busy travel schedule, the Population Health Blog had a chance to check out "Lifestyle Interventions and Independence for Elders" (or "LIFE") study that was pub ... Read on »
Godzilla and VA Wait Times. by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy As predicted , the Veterans Administration (VA) waiting-list fracas is going from bad to worse.   Seeking refuge from all the bad news, the Population Health Blog naturall ... Read on »
Big Data, Definitions and Population Health by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy What's the likelihood of diabetes? Utter the term "big data" at any ACO, care management or managed care meeting, and one of two things will happen 1) Your ... Read on »
The Two-Sided Iron Triangle of Cost and Access and What It Means for Health Reform in 2015 by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy From time to time, the Population Health Blog likes to refer to this article on the "iron triangle" of health care reform . Using classic project management theory , it su ... Read on »
Maintenance of Certification in Internal Medicine: What the Population Health Community Needs to... by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Since population health provider organizations work closely with physicians, they're aware that " board certification " is an important credential.  Being "boarded" in fam ... Read on »
Medical Marijuana and Population Health by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Many population health providers may deal with the chronic conditions of HIV, Alzheimer disease, multiple sclerosis cancer, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease and mental ... Read on »
The Veterans Administration Scandal: Implications for Health Reform and A Call for Clinical... by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy As the Population Health Blog understands it, dozens of veterans died while waiting for outpatient appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital .  App ... Read on »
Aren't All Physicians Supposed to Be Experts in Clinical Informatics? by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy It was just a matter time.  "Clinical informatics" has become another medical specialty . It seems that the clinical informaticians have their own organization (the "Ame ... Read on »
Google Bus: A Future for Health Care? by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The Population Health Blog's travels have included San Francisco. That's where it got to learn about the " Google Bus" imbroglio.   As the PHB understands it, some Silicon V ... Read on »