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CBO on Obesity

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Obesity has been fingered as one of the villains of health care cost increases. A CBO analysis verifies that obese persons appear to have significantly higher annual health care costs compared to non-obese persons.

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2010 Potpourri XXXIV

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On the menu for this week’s potpourri–savings from wellness efforts for a large employer; drug reimbursement for Medicaid programs; using remote monitoring in a health plan context; the FDA’s regulatory approach to mobile health uses; the effect of tort reform on imaging rates and hepatitis C pay-for-performance measures.

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CSC Papers on Meaningful Use

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The meaningful use provisions of the stimulus bill provide incentive payments to providers who implement EMRs, and ultimately penalties for those who don’t or who don’t use those systems in certain ways. A pair of new briefs outline challenges for providers to meet the meaningful use requirements.

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2010 Potpourri XXXIII

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Fall is a lovely time of year and what could be better than relaxing with a Potpourri, featuring health insurance increases, the true costs of EHRs, hospital pay-for-performance programs and quality, the impact of social networks on health behavior, and unenrolled Medicaid-eligible children.

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CDHP Study by GAO

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Fears have been expressed that increasing CDHP enrollment puts people at risk for skipping necessary health services. The GAO looked at this population and found healthier people enrolled and they spent less after enrollment than non-CDHP members.

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2010 Potpourri XXXII

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We have certainly labored over the Labor Day weekend version of the Potpourri, featuring relative performance of US and foreign medical school graduates, California health insurance hikes, non-for-profit hospital CEO pay, performance measures and outcome variation at hospitals related to cost, new reimbursement methods and physician cost profiling.

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Virtual Hospital Wards

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A Commonwealth Foundation Brief describes a “virtual ward” model developed in Great Britain to minimize hospitalizations for chronic disease patients. Early results are encouraging and similar models are being tried in the United States.

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