More on former Denver Health DEO Patty Gabow Lown keynote from HLM. First, don't expect Congress to save the system. Instead, Gabow proposed a to-do list for health systems that is heavy on improving the social determinants that affect health, but also places a high value on such ideas as a living wage for all employees. … Continue reading #Social determinants of health is a mouthful, but the concept could be key to population #wellness
One of the sessions at Saturday's Lown Institute annual conference was entitled "Corruption and Patient Harm in the Medical Industrial Complex." Today, members are meeting to develop a strategy to challenge all that. (More on their case in The Lancet,) Keynotes at the meeting outside Boston included global economist Jeffrey Sachs -- who spoke the … Continue reading #Lown2017 activists are meeting to talk about appropriate care and why our health system can’t deliver it.
A group of doctors from a range of Boston-area institutions looked at patient outcomes and physician. Their findings were published online via JAMA Internal Medicine. Abstract here. While the substantial variation in health care spending across regions and hospitals is well known, key clinical decisions are ultimately made by physicians. However, the degree to which spending … Continue reading Boston researchers find high #spending on docs doesn’t produce better care
STAT News reports that Partners Healthcare CEO Dr. David Torchiana was among the health care executive who met with President-elect Donald Trump Wenesday. Torchiana has been among those arguing that repeal of the law could disrupt millions of families who have relied upon it for insurance coverage. “De-insuring 20 million people, many of whom were probably Trump … Continue reading From today’s Boston Globe: Partners and Trump, health costs and another expensive drug
Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University is not a health care guy; he's a big picture guy. One in a series of lengthy columns in The Boston Globe offered this: OBAMACARE INCREASED health care coverage but did not solve the crisis of sky-high prices, and may well have exacerbated it by adding government subsidies into a … Continue reading Boston Globe: Sachs, Angell, weigh in on health care reform
Stuart Altman, the Brandeis University healthcare economist who has advised presidents from Nixon to Obama, talked to Health Leaders last week. He is now the head of the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission, which tracks total health spending statewide. HLM: How is Massachusetts trying to address high costs? Altman: First of all, it is the … Continue reading Can #Massachusetts tame #health #spending with transparency and oversight?