What We’re Reading | Week of 1.30.2017

Healthcare is a rapidly evolving industry – it’s difficult to read up on everything that matters to you. But the success of your practice can depend on how knowledgeable you are about changes in the healthcare landscape. Privia has compiled a weekly list of important articles we are reading on healthcare industry trends, clinical best practices and legislative updates for your convenience. Here are some of the important articles and blogs on health care that stood out this week:

  1. A new class of data tools is assisting policymakers in their quest to make communities healthier and more productive in The Nexus Between Data and Public Health, Governing

Interesting clip: “In the not-so-distant past, government’s involvement in community health generally was limited to providing services for treating illness. Today, we increasingly define public health in terms of improving wellness. Guided by data-driven insights, cities and counties are moving as never before to address the root causes of illnesses that disproportionately affect their jurisdictions, allowing for more focused prevention and treatment.”

  1. Learn how high deductible health plans are complicating the physician-patient relationship in The Two-sided Coin of High Deductible Health Plans, Physician Practice

Interesting clip: “As far back as 2001, insurance companies began introducing high-deductible health care plans, increasing the amount patients pay for healthcare before their insurance benefits pick up costs. While many believed this would keep healthcare costs down by eliminating unwarranted visits to the doctor’s office, it has resulted in complicating the patient-physician relationship.”

  1. Survey: Most healthcare providers recognize importance of population health, but only 17% ‘very ready’ to take on risk, Becker’s Hospital Review

Interesting clip: “Numerof’s second annual survey finds healthcare providers see population health as critical to future success and an opportunity to improve clinical costs, quality and outcomes…”

  1. Here’s how doctors in various ACOs evaluate their own Value-Based Performance Measures, Health Leaders Media

Interesting clip: “All of our physicians have performance metrics, which include patient satisfaction. In primary care, we choose two more—this year, we decided to go with management of hypertension and management of diabetic nephropathy. We change those metrics every couple years in order to keep them fresh.”

  1. Traditional health care services take a backseat to social drivers in Weaving Whole-Person Health Throughout An Accountable Care Framework: The Social ACO, Health Affairs Blog

Interesting clip: “As currently structured, however, most ACOs contain a serious flaw: Although there is now significant evidence of the value of investment in certain social services interventions, the vast majority of ACO financing structures, including most of those promoted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and state Medicaid programs, carve out the largest drivers of health: social, environmental, and community factors. Predominantly, ACO models focus entirely on traditional health care services, even though these services only contribute to a small proportion of an individual’s health.”


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