Policy Proposal to Achieve Health Care Cost Savings

At yesterday’s Health Care Commission meeting DHSS Sec Kara Odom Walker reviewed her policy proposal to achieve health care cost savings.

A copy of Dr. Walker’s powerpoint presentation is available here (6.2.17 Sec Walker health care costs proposal).  This is the beginning of her leadership effort to implement payment reform with quality improvement as the guiding principles.

Why this matters for patients:  The DE Center for Health Innovation (DCHI) has been implementing a multi year plan to increase adoption of Accountable Care

Organization (ACO) structures and payment reform models including increased care coordination among medical professionals for improving quality outcomes for patients with care treatment better coordinated and supported by payment model reform.

This is the new Secretary’s plan for achieving the goals that are the foundation for the DE Health Care Commission (DHCC) and DCHI work supported in part by the DE Health Information Network (DHIN)

Michael Bloomberg Discusses Noncommunicable Diseases

May 31, 2017 – NY Times. Communicable diseases like malaria and AIDS now kill fewer of the world’s people than noncommunicable ones like heart disease, strokes, respiratory ailments, and diabetes do.  But awareness of this progress lags far behind it. According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, noncommunicable diseases were responsible for 67% of deaths in low- and middle-income countries in 2015, but only about 1% of foreign aid and donations dedicated to healthcare was aimed at preventing and treating them.

Read more here.

Physicians call for drug abuse to be treated as chronic disease.

With drug overdoses causing tens of thousands of deaths every year in the U.S., physicians are calling for the crisis to be treated like a medical emergency.

Today, the American College of Physicians (ACP) published a position paper arguing that action needs to be taken by the medical community and others to stem the crisis, especially in light of the massive growth of the opioid epidemic.

Read more here.

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