A study in JAMA Open examines results from a Functional Medicine model of care.
A paper from the National Governors Association discusses how states can create effect complex care management programs for Medicaid and other public insurance beneficiaries.
A study in the Journal of Health Economics once again indicates that disease management programs have a hard time creating spending reductions that cover the cost of the program.
Research in Health Services and Outcomes Research Methodology compares various care management delivery strategies.
The case of the non-existent link between certain fats in the diet and heart disease reminds us again how poorly designed and executed much research is, and how dangerous dissemination of the results of such research can be.
IMS has issued a report on cancer care, focussing on drugs. A very timely report considering issues regarding the costs of the multiple new drugs for various cancers and their high cost.http://www.imshealth.com/portal/site/imshealth/menuitem.0be132395225d98ee566e5661ad8c22a/?vgnextoid=a64de5fda6370410VgnVCM10000076192ca2RCRD&vgnextfmt=default
In this holiday season, it is a time for giving presents and our latest Potpourri presents you with many gifts of health information, including some positive news about an ACO program, some cautions for the success of ACOs, an apparently successful disease management program, lung cancer screening, earnings growth for physicians and other health professionals and lessons in bundled payments.
The Physician Group Practice Demonstration conducted by Medicare has largely wrapped up , to be supplanted by the accountable care organization programs. The PGP demo appears to have led to slightly improved quality and has led to slightly lower cost savings over traditional fee-for-service Medicare.
This week’s Potpourri contains tasty morsels of health care nutrition, including geographic variation in cardiac procedures, barriers to shared decision-making, issues in the credibility of survey-based research, the value of a diabetes disease management program, and differences in hospital costs.
Another tremendous edition of our Potpourri, featuring accountable care organization results, waste in our health system, self-referral costs, calculating hospital readmission rates and the benefits, if any, of telemonitoring frail seniors.
Years after it was initially predicted to do so, medical care based on individual genetic findings is becoming more pervasive. A new report from UnitedHealth Group examines trends and impacts over the next few years from this more personalized version of medicine.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has engaged in a number of care management demonstrations over the years. The Congressional Budget Office adds its assessment to the body of research examining the outcomes of those demostrations.