Entries by Carissa Lipton

HHS Taking aim at Reducing the Administrative Burden of EHRs

The Department of Health and Human Services is firmly committed to reducing the regulatory and administrative burdens on clinicians who use electronic health records, as required under the 21st Century Cures Act. That’s the message the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT delivered on Thursday during […]

Data-Driven Diffusion of Innovations: Successes and Challenges in 3 Large-Scale Innovative Delivery Models

Synopsis Electronic health information has had only a limited impact on how health care is delivered, a Health Affairs study of three different delivery models finds, despite experts’ hopes that such data would improve quality of care and reduce costs. Public policy efforts, the authors say, should focus on helping providers use data more effectively to improve […]

Gender Matters: Heart Disease Risk in Women

  Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women — and one of the most preventable. Research is giving us insights into how we can control our risk. We’ve come a long way since the days when a woman’s worry over heart disease centered exclusively on its threat to the men in her […]

Report: Re-examine value-based care models to better include rural providers

Cash-strapped rural hospitals would benefit from more flexibility in how they create and fund the services they provide, according to a new report. Rural communities are in crisis, with a third of rural hospitals in the U.S. at risk for closure. Eighty-two facilities have closed since 2010. Hospital officials blame reduced reimbursements as the reason for closures, and federal budget cuts now threaten […]

Sick and Alone: High-Need, Socially Isolated Adults Have More Problems, but Less Support

High-need adults –– those with two or more chronic medical conditions and physical or cognitive limitations –– are more likely to feel socially isolated than those who do not have these health issues, according to a previous Commonwealth Fund analysis.1 The higher rate of isolation among high-need adults is particularly concerning since previous research has shown isolation […]

Dr. Martin Luther King on Health Care Injustice

The Associated Press wire story below, dated March 26, 1966, contains the first known published reference to Dr. King’s famous quotation regarding injustice in health care, namely, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and inhuman.” According to this AP account, Dr. King’s remarks were made at a Chicago […]

How Process and Outcome Measures Contribute to Population Health

The use of process and outcome measures allows payers analyze care quality and support population health initiatives. Payers rely on process and outcome quality measures to communicate healthcare performance to new and current beneficiaries. Quality measurements such as HEDIS, CMS Star Ratings, and standardized core quality measures (CQMs) are some of the tools used to develop objective […]