Health care news and research
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released a policy brief examining the potential of accountable care organizations to remedy the health system’s ills. The brief concludes that ACOs will not provide short-term improvement, but are worth exploring for their longer-term potential.
The ECRI Institute released a report advising payers on technologies to watch for in 2010, including genetic testing, imaging technologies, orthopedic devices and EHRs and PHRs. Most are very expensive but their comparative benefits or risks have not been proven in clinical trials.
The CMS Office of the Actuary zings the House bill, finding it will likely increase total national health care spending, its proposed savings from cuts in payments to Medicare institutional providers are unlikely to be sustainable and may reduce beneficiaries’ access to services.
Another dose of weekend tidbits, covering PAP screenings, health insurer consolidation, Part D plan satisfaction, Rand’s look at the best methods to reduce health care costs, geographic variations in health spending and coughing into cell phones–yes you heard me right.