Volume VI, Issue 23

June 10, 2019
In our health system, who 'owns' patients?
Philip A. Masters, MD authors an insightful piece in KevinMD on June 7, 2019. According to Dr. Master, VP, Membership and International Programs, American College of Physicians, patient ownership "reflects a rich, complex, and multifaceted concept that has served as a foundation on which medical practice has been built over the course of history." Dr. Masters goes on to describe how many of the changes in our current health system are undermining this central value in medicine. 
The author concludes:
Accepting personal responsibility for the health outcomes of each of our patients not only refocuses the patient as being central to what we do, but also reflects the core tenet that as physicians we are committed to acting in the best interests of our patients and affirms the healing bond we seek to create with those under our care.  
Ohio doctor charged with 25 deaths
CBS News reports on June 6:
A former doctor in Ohio is accused in the overdose killings of more than two dozen patients.
Ohio doctor charged with murder in overdose deaths of 25 patients 
William Husel pleaded not guilty on Wednesday < 6.5.19> to 25 counts of murder. The investigation has been going on for about six months now. Husel was fired by his Columbus-area hospital in December. Prosecutors say he gave excessive amounts of painkillers to the patients over the course of three years, hastening the deaths of some and possibly causing the deaths of others.
The charges form one of the biggest murder cases ever brought against a U.S. health care professional, according to CBS News.
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Survey finds that one-third of patients struggle with social determinants of health 
A June 5 article in Healthcare Analytics examines a hot button issue recently re-validated by a Kaiser Permanente survey:  
One-third of patients in the US frequently or occasionally struggle with the social determinants of health, with individuals stressed about providing for their families' housing, food, transportation, and social support needs, according to a survey from Kaiser Permanente. The results also showed that the majority of U.S. patients want their providers to ask about these issues. Ninety-seven percent of respondents said that providers should ask about social needs during medical visits, and 80 percent said they would find it helpful if their medical provider shared information about community resources.

The numbers would be even worse if work environment and employment status were included in the survey.
In a recent survey, 40% of workers reported their job was very or extremely stressful, points out Miami-based Santiago Leon, JD, Associate Director, Health and Benefits at Willis Towers Watson. And, not surprisingly, being unemployed is even more stressful.  
Although these numbers are discouraging, they reveal an opportunity. Successfully addressing social determinants of health would have a massive impact on health outcomes and health costs.



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