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2012 Potpourri XIII

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Our latest Potpourri features the comparative cost of cancer care in the US and elsewhere, the effect of genomics on spending, international practice guidelines, state Medicaid waivers, unintended consequences from patient satisfaction efforts and county health rankings.

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Medical Homes

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Another one of the concepts being counted on to help improve health care quality and lower costs in the wake of reform is the “medical home.” An AHRQ draft review finds little evidence on quality effects or cost savings, but also suggests there is promise in the approach.

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2011 Potpourri XXXXVIII

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The holiday season is in full swing, as is the time for bad weather, but nothing can deter the delivery of our Potpourri of health stories, including this week the nocebo effect, use of imaging when a financial interest in the equipment is present, broker commissions and the MLR, present-on-admission indicators, selecting patients for use in performance measuring, and physicians views of health insurers.

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2011 Potpourri XXXXIV

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The cold is approaching so curl up on the sofa and enjoy the warmth of our Potpourri, this week featuring results from a pay-for-performance program, the effect of the health insurance tax on premiums and employment, the evidence for a stroke treatment, collaborative care for heart disease and physicians views on their practices and health information tools.

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2011 Potpourri XXXXII

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Another brilliant Potpourri, with scintillating health care gems, including revising the FDA’s 510(k) process, the essential benefits package for health exchanges, the future of Medicare Advantage, the lack of labor productivity in health care, variation in elective procedure rates and the OIG’s work plan.

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2011 Potpourri XXXXI

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Another Potpourri, with tidbits on the Medicare Star program results for 2012, pain management, blood pressure management, Massachusetts’ physicians’ views on work and health care, online error reporting and the FDA and CMS parallel medical device review process.

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Medical Homes

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The medical home concept lumbers on, sometimes mixed in with the accountable care organization notion. The current status of the concept and issues affecting its ultimate impact are assessed in a new report from the Urban Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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2011 Potpourri XXXIV

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A dazzling review of recent research and other health related nuggets is presented in this latest Potpourri, including potential problems with evidence-based medicine, physician dilemmas in controlling cost, workers’ compensation medical costs, reducing hospital infections, improving heart attack care and the growth of CDHPs.

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