June 2019 | Volume 1
A recurring theme in today’s healthcare dialogue is cost. We all seem to agree that the U.S. has the most expensive health services and that such cost differs depending on your geography and sometimes even your type of coverage. What we can’t seem to see clearly is the overall cost to our health and our society due to the barriers created by lack of transparency and misaligned incentives. Lack of public reporting yields inability to learn about (or from) outbreaks. Lack of transparency in research means we don’t know about negative impacts of a therapy or worse, that a potential beneficial application is shelved for lack of market interest. Hype and bandwagon effect for new technology, new apps, new approaches to wellness overpower our attention and overlook scientific evidence, prevention and common sense (social determinants). Silos prevent us from collaborating on research, analysis of data (not just collecting it, really understanding it) and providing truly coordinated, integrated care. And our current business climate in healthcare yields rural hospital closures, fingerpointing about pricing/spreads/margins, and patients with unmet needs or forced to health crises before they get the help they deserve and often pay upfront for. If we are a "learning healthcare system," we have forgotten the fundamentals.
Selling Wellness, Whether It Works or Not
When Daniel Donnelly spent $9 million on a three-bedroom, three-bathroom Manhattan condominium in November, he wasn’t just buying high-end real estate. He was investing in his own wellness.
“We have the cleanest possible water in the building, the best air. My building is healthy,” said Mr. Donnelly, 60, who owns a design firm and a restaurant, and recently sold an HVAC and water tower company.
Americans want their doctors to ask about social needs
Health systems are increasingly focused on addressing the factors affecting patients' health outside of their medical care.
Societal factors such as income and housing can have an outsized role in shaping a person's overall health. Providers and payers have initiated various efforts to tackle these factors, commonly referred to as social determinants of health (SDOH), that can lead to poor health.
When it comes to longevity, social factors play a bigger role than healthcare: study
Although healthcare plays a role, behavioral and social factors have significantly more influence on longevity of people in the U.S., according to a new study published in the Annals for Family Medicine.
Researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine's Clinical Excellence Research Center in California who examined just how much healthcare affects the risk for premature death by using four research methods and data sets.
A Missed Opportunity for the Malpractice System to Improve Health Care
The American medical malpractice system is doing almost nothing to improve the quality of health care, research suggests. What may be more concerning is that there is very little discussion, much less action, on reform.
Despite worries among doctors that they are at financial risk from large payouts to plaintiffs, it turns out that a small percentage are responsible for a huge number of claims.
For a Longer, Healthier Life, Share Your Data
I’ve always been very careful about my personal information (some might say paranoid). I ad-block, I cookie-block, and I use a password manager and a ton of disposable email addresses. I don’t use fitness-tracking wearables. I even cover my laptop camera. I don’t like the idea of being profiled or running the chance that a data breach might leave me exposed. If you asked me whether I wanted my data collected, analyzed and shared, I would of course have said no.
What Superbug Hunters Know That We Don’t
Antibiotic-resistant superbugs are everywhere. If your hospital claims it doesn’t have them, it isn’t looking hard enough.
Hospitals are losing an important public relations battle over the expanding threat of superbugs, including the deadly fungus Candida auris. Though states are tasked with conducting outbreak investigations, they aren't required to disclose their findings to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (and in many cases they haven’t).
Legal Promise Of Equal Mental Health Treatment Often Falls Short
Amanda Bacon’s eating disorder was growing worse. She had lost 60% of her body weight and was consuming about 100 calories a day.
But that wasn’t sick enough for her Medicaid managed-care company to cover an inpatient treatment program. She was told in 2017 that she would have to weigh 10 pounds less — putting her at 5-foot-7 and 90 pounds — or be admitted to a psychiatric unit.

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