Deal with people’s isolation and disconnection to head off physical health problems—and possibly health care costs.
Patient-reported outcomes measures (PROMs) use a patient’s response to questions to measure health status. If they’re going to catch on payers will need to incentivize use. So far, that’s not happening. But clinicians who use PROMs for clinical decision making might be providing a valuable service.
Use telehealth to avoid expensive inpatient care and deliver excellent care to even the most remote places.
Use apps to keep patients connected to the health care system during transitions and in between visits.
But the adoption of new technology is rarely smooth; learning curves create jagged edges. The gee-whiz factor of technology can easily get ahead of true utility and effectiveness. And, of course, there’s the expense. Hospitals and other providers need to be ready to plow millions in new machines.
Provide housing for people experiencing housing instability, some of whom are health care’s super utilizers. Their health will improve, and their utilization will go down.
With accumulators, the value of any copay assistance cards or coupons does not count toward out-of-pocket medicine costs that are applied toward deductibles. It’s a cost-shifting tool that’s facing pushback from patients, providers, and others saying that accumulators will hurt public health.
Focus medication-assisted treatment of opioid addiction on people who have been incarcerated.
Contractor has challenges to overcome in turning a dead parrot into a phoenix.
Asthma is a common chronic respiratory disease affecting nearly 8% of the U.S. population. Fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) is a noninvasive biomarker for T2-driven (i.e., allergic) airway inflammation that could be used to improve diagnosis, optimize inhaled corticosteroid dosing, and monitor adherence.
A nurse-focused program at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle travels upstream to treat and prevent delirium, one of the main causes of falls in the hospital. The program was associated with a near halving of the delirium-related fall rate.