Come Together – A Health Policy Prescription from the Bipartisan Policy Center

Health Populi

Among all Americans, the most popular approach for improving the health care in the U.S. It would be to improve the current health care system, according to the Bipartisan Policy Center’s research reported in a Bipartisan Rx for America’s Health Care.

One Health Policy Researcher on the Current State of Blockchain in Healthcare, and its Potential Future

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Tim Mackey, an associate professor of global public health at UC San Diego School of Medicine and an academic researcher on blockchain, discusses the complexities of blockchain adoption in healthcare

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Executive Spotlight—Don Berwick on how federal health policy is 'backpedaling'

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Don Berwick, former CMS administrator and co-founder of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, sat down with FierceHealthcare to discuss the current health policy landscape

Americans’ Sense of Well-Being Falls to Great Recession Levels, Gallup Finds

Health Populi

Health Populi’s Hot Points: To further inform insights from the Gallup poll, I looked at a study From GfK on Navigating COVID-19, exploring changing consumers. The Great Recession was a direct hit on national and personal economics; health was an indirect impact.

From Medicaid to price transparency, here are the 5 biggest health policy controversies in 2019

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Washington provided a lot of drama for the payer and provider industries in 2019 with unexpected transparency requirements, payment cuts and major uncertainty over the Affordable Care Act

How COVID-19 Is Driving More Deaths of Despair

Health Populi

Health Populi’s Hot Points: What COVID-19 has done is to highlight health disparities and underlying structural flaws in the U.S. health system, the Well Being Trust and Center conclude in the report. Integrate mental health with health care.

Stress in America – COVID-19 Takes Toll on Finances, Education, Basic Needs and Parenting

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“The COVID-19 pandemic has altered every aspect of American life, from health and work to education and exercise,” the new Stress in America 2020 study from the American Psychological Association begins.

Health, Wealth & COVID-19 – My Conversation with Jeanne Pinder & Carium, in Charts

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The coronavirus pandemic is dramatically impacting and re-shaping our health and wealth, simultaneously. Today, I’ll be brainstorming this convergence in a “collaborative health conversation” hosted by Carium’s Health IRL series.

What’s Causing Fewer Primary Care Visits in the US?

Health Populi

Americans who have commercial health insurance (say, through an employer or union) are rarely thought to face barriers to receiving health care — in particular, primary care, that front line provider and on-ramp to the health care system.

The 3 A’s That Millennials Want From Healthcare: Affordability, Accessibility, Availability

Health Populi

With lower expectations of and satisfaction with health care, Millennials in America seek three things: available, accessible, and affordable services, research from the Transamerica Center for Health Studies has found. Health will continue to be a lightning rod for U.S.

Lockdown Economics for U.S. Health Consumers

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remain home for the immediate term, our home economics blur into their personal health economics in the #COVID19 era in several respects: physically, to be sure; fiscally; and emotionally. The moderate scenario would pressure profits but not lead to a loss for major health plans.

Health Care In the COVID-19 Era – PwC Finds Self-Rationing of Care and Meds Especially for Chronic Care

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are self-rationing care in the era of COVID-19 by cutting spending on health care visits and prescription drugs. PwC explored how COVID-19 is influencing consumers’ health care behaviors in survey research conducted in early April by the Health Research Institute.

Job #1 for Next President: Reduce Health Care Costs – Commonwealth Fund & NBC News Poll

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adults say lowering the cost of health care in America should be high priority for the next American president, according to a poll from The Commonwealth Fund and NBC News. The first chart illustrates that lowering health care costs is a priority that crosses political parties.

The Coronavirus Impact on American Life, Part 1 – Life Disrupted, and Money Concerns

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Nearly 3 in 4 Americans see their lives disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, according to the early April Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll.

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.

USA Today Finds Hidden Common Ground Among Americans For Health Care

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“We need to demand our health citizenship. ” This is the start of my column, Americans, let’s claim our health care rights , published by USA Today today. Thus far, the series has covered climate change, and this month health care.

Telehealth and COVID-19 in the U.S.: A Conversation with Ann Mond Johnson, ATA CEO

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The coronavirus spawned another kind of gift to China and the nation’s health citizens: telemedicine, the essay explains. It is clear that there’s no better use case for digital/tele/virtual health than what is unfolding right now. Health Populi’s Hot Points: So, can the U.S.

The Coronavirus Impact on American Life, Part 2 – Our Mental Health

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as most people are “social distancing” or sheltering in place, based on numbers from the early April 2020 Kaiser Family Foundation health tracking poll on the impact of the coronavirus on American life.

How Consumers Look At Social Determinants of Health for Cancer, Diabetes and Mental Health

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Enlightened health/care industry and public policy stakeholders have begun to embrace and address social determinants of health. Bridging Gaps to Build Healthy Communities , a study from the Anthem Public Policy Institute, responds to this question.

Health Care Costs Concern Americans Approaching Retirement – Especially Women and Sicker People

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Even with the prospect of enrolling in Medicare sooner in a year or two or three, Americans approaching retirement are growing concerned about health care costs, according to a study in JAMA Network Open. People who are not in good health have a 4x greater risk in terms of affordability.

West Virginia Was the Last State to ID a COVID-19 Positive Patient; The States’ Residents Are At Highest Risk for Severe Reaction to C19

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And the health citizens of West Virginia would be at greatest risk for having a severe reaction to the coronavirus. health plans and providers. Broadband connectivity is also a new social determinant of health , as I’ve been evangelizing for several years.

Honor Your Doctor – It’s National Doctors Day Today (and EveryDay)

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But every day, we must honor physicians for bolstering the health and wellness of our fellow Americans, our beloved families and friends, and our selves. Health Populi’s Hot Points: In this moment of social distancing and working from home, we are still #AloneTogether.

The Ill Health of Rural Hospitals in Four Charts

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hospitals are in poor fiscal health. Health Populi’s Hot Points: The nine key high-impact factors suggest areas where rural hospitals could risk-manage for their survival. Time to re-imagine as the future of rural health and healthcare.

Estimates of COVID-19 Medical Costs in the US: $20K for inpatient stay, $1300 OOP costs

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In the midst of growing inpatient admissions and test results for COVID-19, Congress is working as I write this post to finalize a round of legislation to help Americans with the costs-of-living and (hopefully) health care in a national, mandated, clarifying way.

What We Know We Know About ZIP Codes, Food, and Deaths of Despair – HealthConsuming Explains, Part 3

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” That’s the first sentence of Chapter 7 in my book, HealthConsuming: From Health Consumer to Health Citizen. Chapter 7 of my book, HealthConsuming: From Health Consumer to Health Citizen , is titled, “ZIP Codes, Genetic Codes, Food and Health.”

Retail Pricing in U.S. Health Care? Why Transparency Is Hard to Do

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“It’s the prices stupid,” Uwe Reinhardt and Gerard Anderson and colleagues asserted in the title their seminal Health Affairs manifesto on U.S. And that’s how health care politics and economics in America roll these days. Health Care?

Income Inequality is Fostering Mis-Trust, the Edelman 2020 Trust Barometer Observes

Health Populi

Last year, it was the employer who was the most-trusted touch-point in citizens’ lives the world over, I discussed in Health Populi one year ago. Together, these three factors erode workers’ confidence in jobs and their personal household economies and financial health.

The High Cost-of-Thriving and the Evolving Social Contract for Health Care

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Three new studies (two published this week) converge prompting me to weave together this post on the high-cost-of-thriving and the evolving social contract for health care in America. So we return to the social contract for health, which is rooted in financial wellness and education.

Can AI Make Healthcare Human Again? Dr. Topol Says “Yes”

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If you don’t know the work of Dr. Verghese, and since you’re reading the Health Populi blog, you must get to know Dr. V now. He follows up the promise of AI in chapter two, discussing the deep economic mess American health care is in.

Health Consumers Expect Healthcare to be Digital (and Secure), Philips Future Health Index Finds

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Health care system financing, delivery, and workflows widely vary across nations around the world. Being Philips, what underpins that quality and experience is technology; Philips explored telehealth, AI, digital health records (DHRs), and other digital health tools that can engage patients.

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

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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

A Tale of Two Americas as Told by the 2019 OECD Report on Health

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That’s what came to my mind when reading the latest global health report from the OECD, Health at a Glance 2019 , which compares the United States to other nations’ health care outcomes, risk factors, access metrics, and spending. health care versus the OECD peer nations.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

Being Transparent About Healthcare Transparency – My Post on the Medecision Blog

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With new rules emanating from the White House this month focusing on health care price transparency, health care costs are in the spotlight at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Learning from Dr. Eric Topol, Live from Medecision Liberation 2019

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Riffing on his great book, Deep Medicine: How AI Can Humanize Health Care , Eric started his talk donning my own professional hat as a heath economist, sharing data about America’s high health care spending with low ROI yield. “Bold thinking is great.

Wistful Thinking: The National Health Spending Forecast In a Land Without COVID-19

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health care spending will grow to 20% of the national economy by 2028, forecasted in projections pre-published in the April 2020 issue of Health Affairs, National Health Expenditure (NHE) Projections. medical spending in Health Affairs in 2003.

Medical Costs Are Consuming Americans’ Financial Health

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Healthcare Cost Crisis , a survey from West Health and Gallup. One in three Americans overall are concerned they won’t be able to pay for health care services or prescription drugs: that includes 35% of people who are insured, and 63% of those who do not have insurance.