The Pace of Tech-Adoption Grows Among Older Americans, AARP Finds – But Privacy Concerns May Limit Adoption

Health Populi

The vast majority of older people, across the age groups, use their smartphones every day: most commonly, to send or receive emails, to get directions or traffic information, or to surf the web for news, information, or social networking.

Wasted: $1 of Every $4 Spent on Health Care In America

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health care system, calculating that 25% of medical spending in America is wasted. economy is wasted spending by the health care system and its stakeholders. health care. health care system mightily. health care.

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The 2020 Social Determinants of Health: Connectivity, Art, Air and Love

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the health/care ecosystem warmly embraced social determinants of health as a concept in 2019. A few of the mainstreaming-of-SDoH signposts in 2019 were: Cigna studying and focusing in on loneliness as a health and wellness risk factor. health care delivery. Across the U.S.,

The Federal Reserve Chairman Speaks Out on Health Care Costs: “Spending But Getting Nothing”

Health Populi

submitted the Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to Congress and testified to the Senate Banking Committee. asked him about health care costs’ impact on the national U.S. Employment gains have been broad based across all racial and ethnic groups and levels of education.

A Uniting Issue in the United States is Lowering Prescription Drug Costs

Health Populi

Health care continues to be the top-ranked voting issue in the U.S. adults’ perspectives on health care, and this month’s January 2020 Kaiser Health Tracking Poll explores Americans’ views on broad healthcare reform plans and specific medical policy issues.

The State of the Union for Prescription Drug Prices

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voters in 2020 quite like supporting Medicare’s ability to negotiate drug prices with pharmaceutical companies, shown by the October 2019 Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll. Tonight, President Trump will present his fourth annual State of the Union address.

What the 2019 Nobel Prize Winners in Economics Teach Us About Health

Health Populi

The trio then tested different combinations of factors adding into different groups remedial tutoring, access to credit (especially microcredit programs), technology, and health care services, along with new models for teacher accountability and school governance.

Growing Support for Medicare for All – But Do People Really Understand What It Means?

Health Populi

In the general election, Dach said, the health care debate will recalibrate on the gulf between the Republican zeal to overturn the ACA and “what the American people want.” ACA Health benefits Health Consumers Health costs Health policy Health politics Health reform Medicare

In the U.S., Patients Consider Costs and Insurance Essential to Their Overall Health Experience

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assume the role of payor when they are enrolled in high-deductible health plans. adults 18 and over assessing peoples’ financial behaviors in the context of health care. Cost influenced two-thirds of patients in terms of their satisfaction with a physician or a health system.

Our Mobile Health Data: Shared, Identifiable, and Privacy-Deprived

Health Populi

As more mobile app users — consumers, patients, and caregivers — use these handy digital health tools, much of the data we share can be re-identified and monetized by third parties well beyond those we believe we’re sharing with.

Digital Health As A Basic Human Need – the Dentsu Digital Society Index 2019

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Psychological needs: While digital tech can enhance users’ sense and control of health and well-being, only 38% of people believe this need is met. This is why I so often repeat that broadband connectivity is a social determinant of health.

Longevity Stalls Around the World And Wealth, More Concentrated

Health Populi

First, we’ll mine the Health at a Glance 2019 annual report covering data on population health, health system performance, and medical spending across OECD countries. We’re not experts in education, poverty, and all the social issues that are major components of health.

More Evidence of Self-Rationing as Patients Morph into Healthcare Payors

Health Populi

Several new studies reveal that more patients are feeling and living out their role as health care payors as medical spending vies with other household line items. Four in ten consumers said their monthly health insurance premiums were increasing. health consumer-voters, shown here.

Most Americans Blame Drug Companies, Insurers, and Hospitals for High Health Care Costs

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citizens together is agreement that the cost of health care is too high in the country, and that pharma, health plans, and providers are to blame. Welcome to health politics in America as of March 2019, according to The Public and High U.S. Chan School of Public Health.

Patients, Health Consumers, People, Citizens: Who Are We In America?

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“Patients as Consumers” is the theme of the Health Affairs issue for March 2019. Health care consumerism is a central focus in my work, and so it’s no surprise that I’ve consumed every bit of this publication. [In

Gaps in Health Equity in America Are Growing

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There’s been a “clear lack of progress on health equity during the past 25 years in the United States,” asserts a data-rich analysis of trends conducted by two professors/researchers from UCLA’s School of Public Health.

Isn’t It Eyeconic? Vision Care in the Evolving Health Care Ecosystem

Health Populi

The vision/optical industry is one piece of the health/care ecosystem, but the segment has not been as directly impacted by patients’ new consumer muscles until just about now. Frictionless retail is also an important paradigm for health care, an industry rife with friction.

Slow Food, Slow Medicine: What Italy Can Teach America About Health

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In addition, America’s overweight and obesity epidemic results in lost worker productivity, mental health and sleep challenges, and lower quality of life for millions of Americans. can learn from the food culture, policy and economy of Italy when it comes to health.

A Matter of Trust, Perception, Risk, and Uncertainty – The Big Issues Raised by the Acquisition of PatientsLikeMe and Other Patient Data Transactions

Health Populi

If you’re in health care and don’t live under a rock, you have probably heard that United Health Group (UHG) has acquired PatientsLikeMe (PLM). There could be a similar discussion around how the players in the health care system are evolving.

Loneliness, Public Policy and AI – Lessons From the UK For the US

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There’s a shortage of medical providers in the United Kingdom, a nation where healthcare is guaranteed to all Britons via the most beloved institution in the nation : The National Health Service. He studies digital health passionately, personally, viscerally.

Will Consumers Cross the Cost-and-Trust Chasm Between Prescription Drugs and Hospitals?

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When asked what factors contribute to rising health care costs in America, most consumers cite the cost of prescription drugs. Hospital costs contribute to rising medical costs to 49% of health consumers. A recent study on politics and health care spending in the U.S.

Thinking About Health Care One Year From the 2020 Presidential Election

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Health care will be a key issue driving people to their local polling places, so it’s an opportune moment to take the temperature on U.S. Another 26 per cent cited rising healthcare costs , while just 7 per cent pointed to the Fed’s interest rate policies.

Two-Thirds of Americans Say Healthcare Doesn’t Work Well, in RealClear Politics Poll

Health Populi

Health care is the top issue facing the U.S. Together, health care + the economy rank the top issues for 62% of Americans. Only 4% of people say American health care is “working well.” Still, half feel burdened by health care costs.

Food As Medicine: Grocery Stores Expand as Health Destinations While the Federal Government Cuts Food Stamps

Health Populi

There’s something like cognitive dissonance as I prepare my 2020 Health Populi TrendCast of what to expect in the health/care ecosystem in the new year. Food and access to utility services are key social determinants of health, the American Academy of Family Practice has asserted.

The United States of Care Launches to Promote Healthcare for All of US

Health Populi

If you’re reading Health Populi , then you’re keen on health policy, health economics, most of all, patients: now playing starring roles as consumers, caregivers, and payors in their own care. Shall we just say: “it’s about the health care, stupid?”

What the Pew Report on Trust and Distrust in America Means for Health/Care, El Paso and Dayton — Pogo Rears His Head Again

Health Populi

I’ve tracked that social trend here in Health Populi each year since covering the Edelman Trust Barometer , which has traced the downward sloping curve on trust globally and certainly in the U.S. Health Populi’s Hot Points: This last point gives us some hope, perhaps.

Americans Could Foster a Health Consumer Movement, Families USA Envisions

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” In 2018, 45% of Americans between 19 and 64 years of age were under-insured, facing relatively flat wage growth coupled with triple-digit health care cost increases over more than a decade.

Love ACA Provisions, Not the ACA – KFF Poll Reveals American Voters’ Views on Health Care Reform

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voters’ views on health care, through the lens of the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Health Tracking Poll for July 2019 published yesterday. adults like their health insurance plan rating it “excellent” (39%) or “good” (47%).

Health Care and the Democratic Debates – Round 2 – Battle Royale for M4All vs Medicare for All Who Want It – What It Means for Industry

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But this was Round 2 of the debate, with ten more White House aspirants sharing views — sometimes sparring — on issues of immigration, economic justice, climate change, and once again health care playing a starring role from the start of the two-hour event.

Value Comes to Healthcare: But Whose Value Is It?

Health Populi

Three reports published in the past few weeks give us some useful perspective on that question, woven together in today’s Health Populi blog. Families USA published A Framework for Advancing Health Equity and Value calling out health inequities in the U.S.

Prescription Drug Costs In America Through the Patient Lens, via IQVIA, GoodRx and a New $2 Million Therapy

Health Populi

It’s a richly detailed report with a mine of data; in this Health Populi post, I’ll focus through the patient lens of Rx spending, medication adherence out-of-pocket costs, prescription drug abandonment, and the role of “place” in personal drug pricing.

The Social Determinants of Food for Health, Farms, and the Economy

Health Populi

on several dimensions: diet and health outcomes, farming as an industry and economic engine, and social determinants, along with seven other categories. The “green” states are those that rank higher for health, and the orange are those that rank low.

The US Covered Nearly 50% of Global Oncology Medicine Spending in 2017 – a market update from IQVIA

Health Populi

This is the reality of the precision medicine field, where drugs are tailored to specific patients’ sub-type and sub-group. Health Populi’s Hot Points: It should be no surprise that the costs of oncology therapies will play a larger role over next decade.

It Could Take Five Generations for a Low-Income US Family to Reach Average Income in America

Health Populi

“As countries reach high levels of development, progress necessarily slows down in some key dimension, such as education or health: not everybody can or wants to hold a PhD and health cannot improve indefinitely,” the OECD observes.

How Emotions and “Nocebos” Get in the Way of Preventive Healthcare

Health Populi

There are health facts that are based on rigorous scientific evidence. And, there are people who, for a variety of reasons, make irrational healthcare decisions without regard to those health facts. Use appropriate spokespeople relevant to the target patient group for messaging.

Benefit Cost Increases Overwhelm Flat Wages for Most in US: Pew

Health Populi

That real-people financial reality is discussed in a “Fact Tank” essay from the Pew Research Group, For most US workers, real wages have barely budged in decades. That is, if those patients-as-health-consumers can vote with their feet and pocketbook.

The U.S. is a Nation in Pain – America’s Life Expectancy Fell Again in 2016

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wars since 1950, according to Pain in the Nation Update from the Well Being Trust and Trust for America’s Health. Nonetheless, deaths across all demographic groups are increasing due to these “despair” causes. Rebooting school prevention and mental health programs.

Watchdog group asks Massachusetts AG to review Beth Israel-Lahey merger

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The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission has voted unanimously to have state’s attorney general review the planned merger between Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health.

Diabetes and Independence Day: An Inflection Point for Rising Blood Sugar

Health Populi

I kicked off our conversation noting that most people make personal health care resolutions on January 1st, and most fall off those well-intentioned wagons by Easter-time when chocolate marshmallow bunnies and honey baked ham beckon us to the holiday table.

High-Deductible Health Plans Fall From Grace In Employer-Based Coverage

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With workers harder to find and Obamacare’s tax on generous coverage postponed, employers are hitting pause on a feature of job-based medical insurance much hated by employees: the high-deductible health plan. Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent program of the foundation.).