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.

Redefining PPE As Primary Care, Public Health, and Health Equity – The Community PPE Index

Health Populi

” Perhaps Definition 3 in the OED could be updated by a blog published online in the September 25, 2020, issue of Health Affairs, A New “PPE” For A Thriving Community: Public Health, Primary Care, Health Equity. Primary care in the U.S.

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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. isn’t repealing or replacing the Affordable Care Act or moving to a Medicare-for-All government-provided plan. Addressing employer-sponsored health insurance.

Virtual Health Tech Enables the Continuum of Health from Hospital to Home

Health Populi

In the COVID-19 pandemic, as peoples’ daily lives shifted closer and closer to home, and for some weeks and months home-all-the-time, health care, too, moved beyond brick-and-mortar hospitals and doctors’ offices. Indeed, the home is the new health hub.

Health Citizenship in the America. If Not Now, When?

Health Populi

On March 11 th , the World Health Organization called the growing prevalence of the coronavirus a “pandemic.”. My new book, Health Citizenship: How a virus opened hearts and minds , launched this week. This is the call for Health Citizenship for people in America.

Here's what primary care clinicians say they need to effectively implement telehealth

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Primary care providers in New York City, one of the U.S. With patients afraid to seek care in person and social distancing necessitating as little face-to-face contact as possible, many clinicians pivoted to telehealth – some with more success than others.

Most Virtual Care Consumers, Satisfied With Visits in the COVID Era, Expect It for Future Care

Health Populi

health care providers set up virtual care arrangements to convene with patients. In Patient Perspectives on Virtual Care , Kyruus answers this question based on an online survey of 1,000 patients 18 years of age and older, conducted in May 2020.

The Most Relevant Companies in Health Care – Learning From the W2O Group

Health Populi

” That year the firm began to study the relevance of, well, relevance for organizations especially operating in the health/care ecosystem. Those issues were COVID-19, the 2020 Election, health care policy, racial divides, and equity and access.

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.

The Ill Health of Rural Hospitals in Four Charts

Health Populi

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.

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

Health Populi

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.

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.

Our Homes Are Health Delivery Platforms – The New Home Health/Care at CES 2021

Health Populi

But for those of us working with and innovating solutions for health and health care, #CES2021 was baked with health goodness , in and beyond “digital health” categories. Heart health at home. The increasingly smart bathroom for health.

Will Vertical Integration Kill the Primary Care Practice?

Health Blawg

Once the federales blocked the health insurance company mega-mergers, it was only a matter of time before alternative approaches to rearranging the three-dimensional chessboard of the healthcare-industrial complex would emerge. The very idea of collapsing four of the five dominant national health care insurance companies into two was therefore a nonstarter. Health insurance, pharmacy and urgent care all under one roof. Health Care Law and Consulting.

Will Vertical Integration Kill the Primary Care Practice?

Health Blawg

Once the federales blocked the health insurance company mega-mergers, it was only a matter of time before alternative approaches to rearranging the three-dimensional chessboard of the healthcare-industrial complex would emerge. The very idea of collapsing four of the five dominant national health care insurance companies into two was therefore a nonstarter. Health insurance, pharmacy and urgent care all under one roof. Health Care Law and Consulting.

Will Vertical Integration Kill the Primary Care Practice?

Health Blawg

Once the federales blocked the health insurance company mega-mergers, it was only a matter of time before alternative approaches to rearranging the three-dimensional chessboard of the healthcare-industrial complex would emerge. The very idea of collapsing four of the five dominant national health care insurance companies into two was therefore a nonstarter. Health insurance, pharmacy and urgent care all under one roof. Health Care Law and Consulting.

Will Vertical Integration Kill the Primary Care Practice?

Health Blawg

Once the federales blocked the health insurance company mega-mergers, it was only a matter of time before alternative approaches to rearranging the three-dimensional chessboard of the healthcare-industrial complex would emerge. The very idea of collapsing four of the five dominant national health care insurance companies into two was therefore a nonstarter. Health insurance, pharmacy and urgent care all under one roof. Health Care Law and Consulting.

Will Vertical Integration Kill the Primary Care Practice?

Health Blawg

Once the federales blocked the health insurance company mega-mergers, it was only a matter of time before alternative approaches to rearranging the three-dimensional chessboard of the healthcare-industrial complex would emerge. The very idea of collapsing four of the five dominant national health care insurance companies into two was therefore a nonstarter. Health insurance, pharmacy and urgent care all under one roof. Health Care Law and Consulting.

Will Vertical Integration Kill the Primary Care Practice?

Health Blawg

Once the federales blocked the health insurance company mega-mergers, it was only a matter of time before alternative approaches to rearranging the three-dimensional chessboard of the healthcare-industrial complex would emerge. The very idea of collapsing four of the five dominant national health care insurance companies into two was therefore a nonstarter. Health insurance, pharmacy and urgent care all under one roof. Health Care Law and Consulting.

Will Vertical Integration Kill the Primary Care Practice?

Health Blawg

Once the federales blocked the health insurance company mega-mergers, it was only a matter of time before alternative approaches to rearranging the three-dimensional chessboard of the healthcare-industrial complex would emerge. The very idea of collapsing four of the five dominant national health care insurance companies into two was therefore a nonstarter. Health insurance, pharmacy and urgent care all under one roof. Health Care Law and Consulting.

Asking the wrong questions about telemedicine’s impact

Henry Kotula

A new study out this week revived an old argument about whether telehealth visits spur more downstream care utilization compared to in-person visits, potentially raising the total cost of care. [link].

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. Americans have relatively less access to a doctor when care is needed, the OECD report revealed.

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

Health Populi

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. Stalled gains in longevity, with greater burdens of chronic disease and ill mental health, are growing risk factors throughout so many of the wealthiest nations on Earth. health care versus the OECD peer nations.

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

Health Populi

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.

Only in America: The Loss of Health Insurance as a Toxic Financial Side Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Health Populi

Census Bureau found that the level of health insurance enrollment fell by 1 million people in 2019 , with about 30 million Americans not covered by health insurance. The coronavirus pandemic has only exacerbated the erosion of the health insured population.

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

Health Populi

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. Food — healthy, accessible, fairly-priced — is a key social determinant of individual health, wellness, and a public’s ability to pursue happiness. can learn from the food culture, policy and economy of Italy when it comes to health.

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. It’s clear that people want to engage in health via the food they buy and consume.

Telehealth Awareness, Access and Adoption: Updates from J.D. Power, the ATA and FAIR Health

Health Populi

Power,” your mind probably imagines reviews of automotive performance, retail shopping experiences, or perhaps even health insurance plan customer service. Expanding its report-card role in the health ecosystem. Power is that only one in ten Americans have ever used telehealth or virtual health to substitute for an in-person visit to a doctor’s office, hospital, ER or urgent care clinic in the past year. That is, mental health issues.

World Health Day 2019: Let’s Celebrate Food, Climate, Insurance Coverage and Connectivity

Health Populi

Today, 7 April, is World Health Day. With that in mind, I devote this post to three key social determinants of health (SDOH) that are top-of-mind for me these days: food for health, climate change, and universal health coverage. UHC happens to be WHO’s focus for World Health Day 2019. [As As a bonus, I’ll add in a fourth SDOH in the Hot Points for good measure and health-making]. Why a World Health Day?

Prelude to Health 2.0 2019: Thinking Consumers At the Center of Digital Health Transformation

Health Populi

“Digital transformation” is the corporate strategy flavor of the moment across industries, and the health are sector isn’t immune from the trend. As this 13th year of the annual Health 2.0 Conference kicks off this week, I’m focused on finding digital health innovations that engage people — consumers, caregivers, patients, health citizens all. As Health 2.0 This week, Health 2.0 The post Prelude to Health 2.0

How We Spend Versus What We Get: America’s Healthcare Spending Makes for Poor Health

Health Populi

These sobering statistics were published in Health Care Spending in the Untied States and Other High-Income Countries this week in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association. The first chart shows the data on “inputs:” spending on healthcare overall, and split into categories of inpatient care, outpatient care, long-term care, and other categories. Note the last line of that matrix, population with health care coverage: the U.S.

Heart Disease in America: Zip Code Determines Cardiovascular Disease-Destiny

Health Populi

Researchers analyzed data on cardiovascular disease mortality, nonfatal health outcomes, and risk factors by age, sex, and year from 1990 to 2016 for the U.S. The outcome used to measure health by state was cardiovascular disease disability-adjusted life-years, or DALYs (FYI, “DALYs” are a commonly used metric in health economics research). Health Populi’s Hot Points: We know that geography can be destiny when it comes to understanding peoples’ health status.

Self-Care is Healthcare for Everyday People

Health Populi

Patients are the new healthcare payors, and as such, taking on the role of health consumers. In fact, health and wellness consumers have existed since a person purchased the first toothpaste, aspirin, heating pad, and moisturizing cream at retail. I find all of these, and more, at the Health-Beauty-Wellness Conference convened by GMDC in Orlando this week through the weekend. Throughout, I’m wearing my health consumer-focused lens. This is self-care, healthcare.

The $4 Trillion Health Economy of 2020

Health Populi

In 2020, national health expenditures (NHE) in the United States will exceed $4 trillion to cover 334.5 of health spending per person. Three factors will drive healthcare costs to 2026: prices for medical goods and services, changes in income growth, and shifting enrollment from private health insurance to Medicare — driven by the aging of Boomers. Together, these three categories will comprise just over 80% of health spending in 2020.

Health Disparities and the Risks of Social Determinants for COVID-19 – 14 Months of Evidence

Health Populi

Within just a couple of months of COVID-19 emerging in America, it became clear that health disparities were evident in outcomes due to complications from the coronavirus. There are several factors underlying these statistics of health and healthcare inequities. In April 2020, the U.S.

Ten In Ten: Manatt’s Healthcare Priorities to 2031

Health Populi

health care system, especially laying bare inequities and inertia in American health care, explained in The Progress We Need: Ten Health Care Imperatives for the Decade Ahead from Manatt Health. Achieve health equity. Innovate long-term care.

Behavioral Health Side-Effects in the COVID Era

Health Populi

“This surge of people experiencing acute behavioral health problems…has the potential to further impact the healthcare system for years to come,” a report from McKinsey expects looking at the hidden costs of COVID-19’s impact on U.S. health care.

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

Health Populi

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.

340 organizations tell Congress to make telehealth permanent

Henry Kotula

New report finds the growth of telemedicine visits has plateaued and accounts for a relatively small percentage of rebounding ambulatory care. If Congress does not act before the COVID-19 public health emergency expires, current flexibilities will disappear, according to stakeholders.

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

Health Populi

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. There are physician shortages for both primary care and certain specialty areas like surgery, psychiatry geriatrics and…infectious disease.