February 2019 | Volume 1
MOVING INTELLIGENT CHANGE FORWARD
INNOVATION DIGEST
It’s time to acknowledge that true solutions to the imbalances in our health care system require change in every sector. Every stakeholder contributes in some way to the chaos of misaligned incentives, inefficient care, runaway pricing, overuse, underuse and abuse of health care. Momentous change isn’t about party or ideology or being “right,” but rather letting the fundamentals drive the action: a healthy society, humanity in care and creating health care driven by patient goals for life and well being.
Commentary: For more successful health policy and outcomes, think like a human
There's no shortage of contentious issues in American public life and few as thorny as healthcare policy. We will soon spend 20% of our gross domestic product on health, and yet we hardly seem to agree on the best path forward.
Docs say prior authorizations harm clinical outcomes
Payers see prior authorization, which requires an extra layer of approval before paying for a treatment, as a powerful tool to prevent unnecessary care and control costs. But providers and patients find the practice a frustrating and time-consuming hurdle to getting needed therapies.
Former HHS secretary Leavitt: Why it's time to stop kicking value-based care can down the road
As the buzz around a single-payer health system based around Medicare grows, a former Department of Health and Human Services secretary says it's crucial to keep eyes on a more pressing problem: Medicare is running out of money.
Combating cancer around the world means keeping patients at the center
There is no better place to talk about the global impact of cancer, and ways to prevent and treat it, than at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Cancer, once overshadowed by infectious diseases, especially in lower-income countries, is now a top killer, behind cardiovascular diseases.
New voices at patients’ bedsides: Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Apple  
At first it was a novelty: Hospitals began using voice assistants to allow patients to order lunch, check medication regimens, and get on-demand medical advice at home.
But these devices, manufactured by Amazon, Google, Apple, Microsoft and others, are now making deeper inroads into patient care.
5 giant companies will soon control healthcare for 125 million people in the US, and all eyes will be on what happens to medical spending
Starting this spring, five corporate giants — Anthem, Cigna, CVS Health, Humana and UnitedHealth Group — will control health insurance and pharmacy benefits for more than 125 million Americans.
High-Need, High-Cost Patients Offer Solutions for Improving Their Care and Reducing Costs
By many estimates, only 5% of U.S. patients are high-need, high-cost (HNHC), yet they account for about 50% of health care spending. It has become a national priority to understand the needs of this patient cohort, identify drivers of their utilization, and implement solutions to improve their clinical outcomes while reducing their costs.

Passion + Quality = Change That Matters
  
I embrace the powerful opportunities in our evolving health care landscape. I founded Momentum Health Strategies to be a catalyst for change through continuous learning, diverse engagement and thoughtful policy and practice initiatives. I deliver innovative, strategic thinking and a passion for improving the patient experience. My personal drive and dedication to high-quality results will help you navigate the competitive terrain you face and convert your vision to action.

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Jennifer L Bright, MPA
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