Health care systems, hospitals, ACOs, & physician reimbursement reform, integrated delivery systems, & consolidation trends

Frank Diamond
For the first time in its annual survey, the Leapfrog group looked at the number of surgeries hospitals and surgeons perform for a particular condition. A large body of research shows that the fewer surgeries a hospital or surgeon performs, the greater the chance of errors, complications, and deaths.…
Alan Adler, MD
Nurse practitioners are wonderful, but they’re not doctors.
Our Yearlong Look: Emergency Care Examined
Robert Calandra
People with behavioral health problems have stretched emergency departments to their limit as the number of inpatient psychiatric beds has decreased. For many patients, the ED is the first place they go. Even people under the care of a mental health professional wind up in EDs because they’re in crisis and their provider’s office is often closed.
Innovation ’19: Paramedics reducing ED utilization
Charlotte Huff
EMS providers are making house calls and helping people gain access to primary care with the goal of reducing unnecessary ED utilization.
Innovation ’19: Outpatient Joint Replacement
Lola Butcher
Bundled payment is pushing providers to look for ways to control the cost of joint replacements. Is joint replacement going to become outpatient surgery?
Innovation ’19: SDOH
Timothy Kelley
The storied hospital in Baltimore has hired 70 community health workers and peer recovery specialists from the city’s disadvantaged neighborhoods.
Innovation ’19: Diabetes Management
Lola Butcher
A program at Purdue succeeds by giving people with the disease many choices for how to manage the condition.
Innovation ’19: Data Analytics
Timothy Kelley
Presbyterian Healthcare Services in New Mexico has spent $50 million to centralize clinic, pharmacy, and SDOH in a single “data warehouse.” Now the not-for-profit health care system is marketing its data collecting and crunching expertise via a for-profit subsidiary.

A blueprint for high-volume, high-quality lung cancer screening that is detecting cancer earlier—and helping to save lives

Clinical Brief

Multiple Sclerosis: New Perspectives on the Patient Journey–2019 Update
Summary of an Actuarial Analysis and Report