For years, Medicare Advantage plans have benefited from a regulatory structure that pays them more than the average Medicare fee for service cost for parallel populations and asks the plans to provide some addtional services to beneficiaries in return for the bonus payments. The reimbursement has been attractive enough to keep numerous insurance companies involved in Medicare Advantage.
This Thanksgiving, HealthBlawg is once again participating in the annual Engage With Grace blog rally,encouraging those who haven’t considered their end-of-life preferences to start thinking about them, and asking those who have done it to consider how their decisions may have changed over time. It’s good food for thought.
Wishing you all a happy, healthy holiday season.
Most of us find ourselves pretty fascinating… flipping through photos and slowing down for the ones where we’re included, tweeting our favorite tidbits of information, Facebooking progress on this or that…
I am proud to be a member of The Walking Gallery. If you are not familiar with Regina Holliday and her unique brand of health care activism, you should be. See her blog, and follow the links in the sidebar to more Walking Gallery details. By way of example, she has written a blog post describing each hand-painted jacket in the gallery and its connection to the wearer's health care story and his or her connection to health data liberation. You can start with her post about my jacket, Friendship Pins.
Check out the newly-released video about this ongoing project below, and join the movement:
Much has been said and written about the dearth of new commercial health insurance plan enrollees on the federal and state exchanges and, by contrast, the excessive numbers of Medicaid expansion enrollees, the death spiral signified by the absence of Young Invincibles from the exchanges, etc.
CIO.com covered the presentation I gave at Strata Rx on the idea of patient-controlled donation of data for purposes of data analysis. Putting control in the hands of patients avoids some potential HIPAA issues and may make for richer data sets.
Healthcare IT News ran a cover story in its November issue on the use of Open Notes at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. See further discussion of the piece and links to more information on Open Notes at e-patients.net. I was interviewed on the issue of patients' rights to access their own medical records.
I called for submissions addressing the issue of plenty in health care, since this is the 40th edition, and since 40 is shorthand for plenty or many in several traditions. (Think 40 days or 40 years in any number of Judeo-Christian narratives.)
In addition, while we have seen once again in recent weeks that some in the Tea Party may differ, we have agreed as a society that health care is a social good and we are doing our darnedest to continue to implement the reforms set in motion by Obamacare.
Last week, word spread through the blawgosphere that "Ed." -- the anonymous editor of the law blog carnival known as Blawg Review -- had died. I learned of his death via Bob Ambrogi's Law Sites. Bob reproduced the tweets posted by Ed.'s son to the @blawgreview twitter feed.
Ed. inspired many of us to take chances with our writing, to stretch a bit. He also helped develop a community of sorts that was different from any I had ever been a part of up until then: a community of interest that was not bound by space or time. I was drawn in and hosted five editions of Blawg Review over the years. (Here's Ed.'s introduction to my fourth: What is Hip?)
We had the opportunity to meet when Ed. was in Boston a few years back. (He never allowed his face to be photographed -- part of the whole anonymity thing, which he relished.)
Please take the time to read In Memoriam: A Final Blawg Review. It begins and ends at the Blawg Review site, and includes a circle of posts authored by some of the key hosts from throughout Blawg Review history.
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Over time, the app maturity model will see apps progress from being recommended on an ad hoc basis by individual physicians, to systematic use in healthcare, and ultimately to an end goal of being a fully integrated component of healthcare management. There are four key steps to move through on this process: recognition by payers and providers of the role that apps can play in healthcare; security and privacy guidelines and assurances being put in place between providers, patients and app developers; systematic curation and evaluation of apps that can provide both physicians and patients with useful summarized content about apps that can aid decision-making regarding their appropriate use; and integration of apps with other aspects of patient care. Underpinning all of this will be the generation of credible evidence of value derived from the use of apps that will demonstrate the nature and magnitude of behavioral changes or improved health outcomes.
We are nowhere near this endpoint -- integration of the use of health apps into health care management -- right now, due to a number of factors.