Managed Care

This issue of Managed Care was billed as being about Medicaid managed care and vulnerable populations. But as grumpy editors often say, that’s a topic not a story. And it didn’t take us very long to discover that the story was social determinants of health. Lola Butcher, a regular contributor to…
The sitcom created by Chris Rock, Everybody Hates Chris, which ran from 2005 until 2009, conjured laughs out of the everyday. One bit I particularly relish is when the narrator (the persona of Rock as a teenager) says that his father was like Rain Man when it came to knowing what everything costs. “That’s…
Venture philanthropy and the move toward investment of not-for-profit dollars in for-profit companies started about 10 years ago. One expert argues that it’s a little like calling someone an amateur-pro athlete. You can’t be both. Proponents, however, point to some initially impressive results especially for niche diseases.
Coronary heart disease deaths will decline by 30% between 2010 and 2020 because of improvement in “cardiovascular health metrics” (avoidance of smoking, more physical activity, and so on). But this less-deadly era of CVD is going to be a more costly one, with direct medical costs more than doubling by 2030 to $918 billion from $396 billion in 2012.

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