Moving Intelligent Change Forward
July, 2017 Vol. 1 - In This Issue:
Essential Health Care Principles
As we celebrate our nation's founding on the principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all Americans, I feel the urge to highlight essential principles that should guide health care policy in the United States:
  • All voices are equal - Patient participation and experience is fundamental to identifying needs and solutions.
  • Transparency - Open and shared data, assumptions and public, participatory processes are complex but mandatory.
  • Keep it real - Get the facts right about how programs works, what constitutes "affordability" and the evidence supporting treatment.
  • Focus on health and well-being - Prevention, support for social determinants of health and vigorous focus on outcomes must lead the way.
  • Access to care is the bull's eye -  Americans without the choice or ability to receive assessment or treatment will have poor health and poor life expectancy. That's a cost we shouldn't accept. 
Missing from the debate over health care: patients' voices 

As the Republican-led health care bill inched through the House and Senate, we heard from commentators across the political spectrum. Sadly, the most important voices - those of patients, the people most directly affected by any new law - have been largely unheard. Patients have the most extensive experience in dealing directly with our complicated health care system and also understand the stark reality of what it means to lose affordable access to health care.

Medicare Halts Release of Much-Anticipated Data
T he government had planned to share data with researchers on patients enrolled in Medicare Advantage health plans. Then, suddenly, it didn't.

In the past few years, many seniors and disabled people have eschewed traditional Medicare coverage to enroll in privately run health plans paid for by Medicare, which often come with lower out-of-pocket costs and some enhanced benefits. 

Seniors Miss Out On Clinical Trials

More than 60 percent of cancer patients are older adults - and that will rise to 70 percent by 2040.  Yet seniors continue to be underrepresented in clinical trials, making it difficult to assess how treatments are likely to help or harm them.  

AP FACT CHECK: Health overhaul a prickly business

The struggle over the proposed Republican health care overhaul in the Senate has covered a lot of territory, even veering into the mating habits of porcupines.
It's a prickly situation, trying to replace the Obama-era law with something palatable to enough lawmakers, and some of what is being said in the debate just isn't right. 

How the Senate's Health-Care Bill Threatens the Nation's Health

To understand how the Senate Republicans' health-care bill would affect people's actual health, the first thing you have to understand is that incremental care-regular, ongoing care as opposed to heroic, emergency care-is the greatest source of value in modern medicine. There is clear evidence that people who get sufficient incremental care enjoy better prevention, earlier diagnosis and management of urgent conditions, better control of chronic illnesses, and longer life spans.

Dr. Robert Califf Shares Ideas About Real-World Evidence And Health Data

Last week former FDA commissioner Dr. Robert Califf spoke in New York City at a conference co-organized by New York University and the New York Academy of Sciences, with funding from Johnson & Johnson. He gave a fascinating talk with an unexciting title: "Finding the Right Balance in Learning about Therapies."


As part of our work to Advance Health in America, the AHA, HRET and ACHI are launching a series of guides on how hospitals can address the determinants of health such as food, housing and education, to improve the environment where people live, work and play. "Food Insecurity and the Role of Hospitals" is the first guide in this series. 

Efforts Increase To Bring Health And Other Benefits To Independent Workers

The list of perks Dan Teran's company offers sounds pretty dreamy.  Anyone working 120 hours a month gets employer-sponsored medical, dental and vision insurance. His company, Managed by Q, also offers a matching 401(k) retirement program, paid time off, a stock option program for all employees, and 12 weeks of paid parental leave.
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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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