We have released a research report on The Value of Prevention & Wellness. The report describes various preventive interventions and examines methods of valuing these programs and specific research on the value of prevention and wellness activities.
A study reported in Circulation indicates that California teaching hospitals that utilize more resources in treating heart failure had lower rates of mortality. The study results call into question the methods and findings of some Dartmouth Atlas research. Another report looks at supply and variation in MRI usage.
Brookings forsees a health system which is organized around consumers’ management of their own care, with extensive use of mobile and telehealth technologies, and reimbursement and incentives to encourage widespread adoption of this consumer-centered approach.
AHIP commissioned PriceWaterhouseCoopers to do an analysis of the Baucus bill’s impact on insurance premiums. The report, which has been strongly attacked by reform proponents, concludes that the weak individual mandate and light penalties will drive costs higher; costs which will be borne by consumers and employers through higher insurance premiums.