Our Inaugural Innovation Issue!
Managed care has moved into the buzzy neighborhood of the social determinants of health. So, our inaugural issue about innovation includes a story about Geisinger treating diabetes with diet and a UnitedHealthcare Medicaid managed care plan that finances affordable housing. Even something as existential as loneliness is now on the agenda.
Meanwhile, the medical care that has been in managed care’s tenuous, awkward, embrace has gone topsy-turvy: hospitals that have no beds and homes that have turned into ad hoc hospitals. And the chronic disjointedness of American health care—of course, there is an app for that.
These innovations are at the pilot, project, skunkworks, and seed-and-seedling stage. But let’s give them a chance. Even if just one or two of these ideas take root and grows, Americans and their health care will be better for it.