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

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” 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.

Pope Francis is a Public Health Advocate

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He is, I realized while watching this film and hearing this man of words, a public health advocate. This ruins mental health, spiritual health and physical health. Francis was chronicled to have cared for people with leprosy, which became an ongoing ministry for Francis and the friars. So the health mission was certainly alive with the Pope’s namesake’s modus vivendi. Sources of fresh water are necessary for health care.”

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

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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.

Walmart’s Growing Footprint in Healthcare and Public Health, from Guns to Mental Health and Gardens

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Over the past couple of weeks, Walmart is demonstrating its growing commitment to and leadership in healthcare and public health. The company’s announcement this week of pulling products that can be used in military-style weapons from its Outdoor Sports/Shooting department is a major move for public health that is something of a watershed that will impact well beyond the company’s inventory and stock price.

How technology ruined, and can save, the doctor-patient relationship

KevinMD

Topping the latest list: insurance paperwork, followed closely by electronic health records (EHRs). Tech Health IT Primary Care Public Health & PolicyEach year, Medical Economics surveys physician readers to find out what irks them most. The reason is the same for both. Insurers and EHRs get between doctors and their patients. When it comes to medicine’s computer problem, the obstacle is literal. Doctors sit behind a screen, focused […].

Telehealth Platforms: Building Blocks for Omnichannel, Networked Healthcare

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the use of telehealth services tripled in the past year, as healthcare providers limited patients from in-person visits for care and patients sought to avoid exposure to the coronavirus in medical settings. Slightly more consumers favored locally-borne virtual care versus a nationwide network.

The Future of Health Is “Now,” Deloitte Says; But Are Consumers Living and Loving It?

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The pandemic has become a sort of forcing function on all aspects of daily living, include health care. Deloitte’s latest wave of health care consumer market research updates the COVID-19 impacts on the U.S. Health Consumers, Deloitte polled 4,522 U.S.

Telehealth Is Just Healthcare Now – One Post-COVID Certainty, Three Reports

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As we wrestle with just “what” health care will look like “after COVID,” there’s one certainty that we can embrace in our health planning and forecasting efforts: that’s the persistence of telehealth and virtual care into health care work- and life-flows, for clinicians and consumers alike and aligned. 35% of home health services, and. health care system.

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

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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.

What Will Healthcare Costs Be After COVID? PwC Looks Behind the 2021 Numbers

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This assumes that healthcare spending recovers by October 2020 as patients return to hospitals and doctors’ offices for regular care patterns. Patients Forgo Care Until 2021.” Care that patients postponed during the 2020 pandemic is delivered in 2021, PwC projects, raising volumes and spending and resulting in a double-digit increase. “Medical trend” is the expected increase in a health plan’s per capita health care costs.

Telehealth Use Among Older Americans: Growing Interest, Remaining Concerns

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In the Fear of Going Out Era spawned by the COVID-19 pandemic, many patients were loath to go to the doctor’s office for medical care, and even less keen on entering a hospital clinic’s doors. Quality of care not as good as in-person (among 67% of older people).

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. 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.

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

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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. In health care, these would be our honest-and-ethical front-line workers — nurses, physicians, and pharmacists, the latest Gallup Poll on the question learned (described here in Health Populi).

Telehealth is the future but it is obscured by a dismal present

KevinMD

In so far as our current public health emergency is concerned, telehealth has obvious, indisputable benefits. Tech Mobile health Primary CareThe redirection of patient flow has enabled the conservation of personal protective gear, decreased nosocomial transmission of the coronavirus, and, therefore, saved lives, especially those who are immunocompromised, who are far more likely to contract COVID-19 as well as […]. Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com.

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. 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.

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

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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?

Longevity Stalls Around the World And Wealth, More Concentrated

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Two separate and new OECD reports, updating health and the global economic outlook, raise two issues that are inter-related: that gains in longevity are stalling, with chronic illnesses and mental ill health affecting more people; and, as wealth grows more concentrated among the wealthy, the economic outlook around most of the world is also slowing. The first chart arrays the x-y data points of life expectancy versus health spending for each of the OECD countries studied.

The Coronavirus Pandemic Turbocharged Digital Health Investment in 2020

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2020 will be remembered for disruption and dislocation on many fronts; among the major blips in the year will be it remembered as the largest funding year for digital health recorded, according to Rock Health’s report on the 3Q2020 digital health funding.

Healthcare Costs, Access to Data, and Partnering With Providers: Patients’ Top User Experience Factors

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This report is a must-read for people involved with patient and consumer health engagement in the U.S. Regarding the most important health care issues U.S. Health Populi’s Hot Points: Both health care providers (hospitals, clinicians, allied professionals, et.

On World Food Day 2018, Imagine A Chef Cooking for Patients

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At Health Populi and THINK-Health, we celebrate the birthday of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), allied with the United Nations. All four of these pillars play a role in health, but I’ll focus today on the fourth: the role of food as a major social determinant of health. Hunger is the ultimate health risk. This mindset translates into a more integrative medicine approach for patients… with food as a key component to whole-health therapeutics.

Sounds Like A John Denver Song: Virginia and Colorado Towns Rank High As Healthy Communities

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News & World Report, with help from the University of Missouri Center for Applied Research and Engagement Systems (CARES) and a team from the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics. News’ Chairman, believes that this project will give, “citizens, community leaders and policy-makers the tools to assess health in their communities and develop a blueprint for positive change” with learnings that can translate to less-healthy communities.

A Tale of Two America’s for Health

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Disparities in Americans’ health vary among people living in each of the 50 states. These differences in health status generally fall into two regions: north and south, found in the Commonwealth Fund’s 2018 Scorecard on State Health System Performance. Health citizens living in states in New England, and then those west of Michigan and north of Missouri and Kansas, demonstrate better-than-average health outcomes.

The $4 Trillion Health Economy of 2020

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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.

Behavioral Health Side-Effects in the COVID Era

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“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.

Physicians Don’t Talk Enough with Patients About Non-Medical Needs

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The Doctor-Patient Conversation , a survey conducted for the Samueli Foundation by the Harris Poll, examined how patients feel about their health, healthcare, and relationships with physicians. The Samueli Institute, has several missions including integrative health with a focuses on evidence-based practices for healing, wellbeing and resilience. Only 10% of doctors talk about non-medication approaches to health — like meditation, massage, or acupuncture.

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. A couple of intriguing examples: Ali Health, part of Alibaba (the e-commerce giant), launched a free online clinic in locked-down Hubei (whose capital is Wuhan) where in five days, 100,000 patients received remote consultations. It is clear that there’s no better use case for digital/tele/virtual health than what is unfolding right now.

How the Coronavirus and Technology Are Reshaping Home-Work, -Life and -Health

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households’ changing behaviors for consuming content, stocking the pantry, engaging with social media, and using online health and fitness tools. These become the tech-platforms for people working, living, socializing, and accessing health care virtually at home. For health and fitness , the most-recommended physical activity has been walking outside — being mindful about keeping 6 feet apart through social distancing.

Physicians in America – Too Many Burned Out, Depressed, and Not Getting Support

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The subtitle, “The Generational Divide,” tells a bit part of the subtext of this annual report that’s always jarring and impactful for both its raw numbers and implications for both patient care and the larger health care system in America. Least likely to feel burned out are public health and preventive medicine doctors, ophthalmologists, orthopedists, psychiatrists, ENTs, and general surgeons.

6 months in: What will the new normal look like for hospitals?

Henry Kotula

hospitals are generally in a much better position for dealing with COVID-19 now than they were in March, and providers are learning more every week about the best treatments and care practices. Accelerating trends to provide care outside hospitals. [link].

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

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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.

Providence, Humana back ad campaign urging patients to stop ‘medical distancing’

Henry Kotula

Dive Brief: A coalition of providers, payers and other healthcare organizations on Tuesday launched an ad campaign to encourage patients not to put off important care during the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement encourages people to continue social distancing but not “ medical distancing ” by putting off routine care or avoiding checking on concerning symptoms. Primary care has particularly suffered. [link].

Consumers Expand Their Definition of Well-Being to Include Food-As-Medicine

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Consumers put food front-and-center when thinking about their health. Viewing food-as-medicine is going mainstream for health consumers, who look beyond the “medicine” in that phrase toward a broader concept of personal well-being. This is the theme of a new report from the FMI Foundation called The Power of Health and Well-Being in Food Retail. The consumer-as-medical-bill-payor is now looking at foods with health benefits, first and foremost for heart health.

The Hair Economy in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Control, Wellness, and Self-Care

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The barbershop and beauty salon are important community touch points for health, wellness, and social connection in so many peoples’ lives. In my book, HealthConsuming: From Health Consumer to Health Citizen , I feature the black barbershop to introduce a chapter on “The New Retail Health.” ” than, “when can I return to my primary care doctor or cardiologist?”

The Future of Hospitals in Post-COVID America (Part 1): The Market Response

Henry Kotula

examines how market forces are consolidating, rationalizing and redistributing acute care assets within the. broader industry movement to value-based care delivery. The second article , which will publish next month, examines gaps in care delivery and the related public policy challenges of providing appropriate, accessible. Arguably, the nation’s public health defenses should anticipate global pandemics and apply resources.

Doctors Without Patients: ‘Our Waiting Rooms Are Like Ghost Towns’

Henry Kotula

Across the country, only half of primary care doctor practices say they have enough cash to stay open for the next four weeks, according to one study, and many are already laying off or furloughing workers. The situation facing front-line physicians is dire,” three physician associations representing more than 260,000 doctors, wrote to the secretary of health and human services, Alex M. They’ve really left out primary care, really all the independent physicians,” he said.

Heart-Love – Omron’s Holy Grail of Blood Pressure Tracking on the Wrist

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It’s February 1st, which marks the first of 28 days of American Heart Month – a time to get real, embrace, learn about, and engage with heart health. That hasn’t yet been available to those of us who quantify our steps, weight, sleep, food intake, and other health metrics. Then there’s another critique of many connected health devices which the HeartGuide must overcome: that of usability and accessibility for the consumer.

Heart Health at #CES2019 – Food and Tech as Medicine

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Self-care is the new health care as patients, now consumers at greater financial risk for medical spending, are learning. At #CES2019, I’m on the lookout for digital technologies that can help people adopt and sustain healthy behaviors that can help consumers save money on medical care and enhance quality of life-years. Using food and tech as medicine can help people avoid going on medications like statins and others for heart health.

Multimorbidity In the US – Obesity As A Key Driver of Health Spending

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Underlying this clinical and economic phenomenon is obesity, which primary care doctors are challenged to deal with as a chronic condition along with typically co-occurring comorbidities of hypertension, diabetes, and hyperlipidemia. ” The authors recommend that public health leaders and policy makers address the obesity trend when designing “policies and interventions to improve the public’s health.” In the U.S.,

Livongo and Cambia Allying to Address Chronic Disease Burden and Scale Solutions to Consumers

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the chronic disease burden takes a massive toll on both public health and mortality, accounting for 7 in 10 deaths in America each year. That personal health toll comes at a high price and proportion of national health expenditures. A new alliance between Livongo and Cambia Health seeks to address that challenge, beginning with diabetes and scaling to other chronic conditions. Health Populi’s Hot Points: Health care costs in the U.S.

Obese, Access-Challenged and Self-Rationing: America’s Health Vs Rest-of-World

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gets relatively low ROI for its relatively exorbitant spending on healthcare, noted once again in the latest Health at a Glance , the annual OECD report on member nations’ healthcare systems. The answer is, “not well across most population health, access, and mortality measures.” The northern climbing bar is health care spending in the U.S. Here’s the health spending chart from the report, showing the U.S. The U.S.