About Joseph Burns Joseph Burns (@jburns18), a Massachusetts-based independent journalist, is AHCJ’s topic leader on health insurance. He welcomes questions and suggestions on insurance resources and tip sheets at [email protected] View all posts by Joseph Burns → Photo: Thomas Hawk via Flickr Every few months a health insurance news story breaks that’s so big it is likely to require reporters unfamiliar with the beat to get up to speed quickly on how insurance works. A recent case in point came in February when a former medical director for Aetna admitted in a pre-trial deposition that he never looked at a patient’s medical record when approving or denying care. Also, hospital and health system transactions announced in 2017 totaled 115, up 13 percent over the year before and the highest number recorded in recent history, according to a report from Kaufman, Hall & Associates, a management consulting company that tracks health care … [Read more...] about As major mergers transform local health care, covering the business side is key
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This week it's my turn to host Health Wonk Review, a regular review of some of the best health care posts on the web.Veteran Henry Stern starts things off this time with a timely discussion about just who should have the most say about your health care. If someone else (say, the government) is paying for your health care, how much say should your own doctor have? InsureBlog's Stern explores a recent court case that looks to determine just that in a post called, "Compassionate Gummint Care."A big issue in Washington these days is Medicare physician compensation. Some might be surprised to know even a small change to Medicare payments has a big impact on the private market--even workers' compensation. Joe Paduda at Managed Care Matters presents, "Medicare's changes to physician compensation; the impact on provider and provider networks" here.This week Shahid Shah responds to inquiries about why healthcare IT is in the state that it's in. He reminds us why it's not the Doctors' fault and … [Read more...] about Health Wonk Review–The Best Health Care Posts on the Web!
Speaker Dorothy Lall j Affiliation Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru Date 9 June 2017 } Time 3:00 – 4:30 PM Venue Institute of Public health #250, 2nd C Main, 2nd C Cross, Girinagar Ist Phase, Bengaluru – 560085 Dorothy Lall will be presenting the findings of the first phase of research that is part of her PhD program. She is studying the organization of health care services for diabetes and hypertension at primary care level to identify ways to improve and strengthen services. These results are not published yet but the manuscript is being developed. In the next phase, we will be implementing and evaluating interventions that address the gaps identified in the first phase of the study. Title: Organization of Primary Health Care Services for Diabetes and Hypertension; A qualitative study of public and private, patient and provider perspectives in Rural India Abstract Background: Diabetes and … [Read more...] about Organization of Primary Health Care Services for Diabetes and Hypertension: A qualitative study of public and private, patient and provider perspectives in Rural India
Located in South America, Peru is almost twice the size of Texas and has 31 million people. About one third of these live along the coast, largely in Lima. About half of the population–largely Amerinidan population–live in the Andean highlands, with the rest spread on the eastern slopes of the Andes and the adjoining rainforest. About 45% of the population is aged 24 or younger. Peru is a middle income country, with GDP per capita of $13,300, which ranks 118/224 countries in the world. Life expectancy in Peru is 74 years, which ranks 126 out of 224 countries. Health care spending is 5.5% of GDP (128/224 countries), far below the United States’ 17.1% of GDP. There are 1.12 physicians per 1000 people and 1.5 hospital beds per 1,000 individuals. The World Health Organization recommends 2.3 health workers per 1,000 people so this figure is far below that recommendation. However, access to physicians and … [Read more...] about Health care in Peru ” Healthcare Economist
Public-private partnership integrated health-care delivery: experience and lessons from Nepal Author : Ryan Schwarz and Prajwol NepalRyan Schwarz, MD, MBA is an Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and Chief Operating Officer of Nepal-based non-profit healthcare company Possible Prajwol Nepal MBA is the Finance Director of Nepal-based non-profit healthcare company Possible The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) include the achievement of universal health coverage (UHC) globally by 2030—an historic endorsement, yet one for which there is no clear path forward. As former Director General of WHO Margaret Chan said, "The challenge now before us is implementation". Given limited capacity in many countries globally, further resources and innovation will be required to achieve UHC. There is significant debate regarding the utilisation of public versus private sectors for UHC delivery, with each having strengths and weaknesses, though increasingly it … [Read more...] about Public-private partnership integrated health-care delivery: experience and lessons from Nepal