Medicine

Primary Care Is at the Center of a Health Revolution

Primary Care Is at the Center of a Health Revolution

October 13, 2019

By KEVIN WANG, MD If our urgent-care-as-healthcare culture isn’t killing us, it’s certainly wasting our time and resources.  Consider these facts highlighted by Advanced Medical Reviews, based on various studies:  U.S. physicians report that more than 20 percent of overall medical care is not needed. The Congressional Budget Office recently estimated that up to 30 percent of the […]

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Deputy Secretary Hargan listens to testimony from Tribal Advisory Committee Members in Phoenix

Journey from the Navajo Nation to Phoenix

October 9, 2019

Deputy Secretary Hargan listens to testimony from Tribal Advisory Committee Members in Phoenix Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting with tribal leaders from across the country to preside over the Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee meeting in Arizona. This was the third meeting of the STAC we’ve now held in Indian Country, first with […]

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Ordering Tests Without Using Words: Are ICD-10 and CPT Codes Bringing Precision or Dumbing Us Down?

Ordering Tests Without Using Words: Are ICD-10 and CPT Codes Bringing Precision or Dumbing Us Down?

October 7, 2019

By HANS DUVEFELT, MD The chest CT report was a bit worrisome. Henry had “pleural based masses” that had grown since his previous scan, which had been ordered by another doctor for unrelated reasons. But as Henry’s PCP, it had become my job to follow up on an emergency room doctor’s incidental finding. The radiologist […]

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Vanila M Singh, M.D.

Patient-Centered Care Is Key to Best Practices in Pain Management

October 3, 2019

On May 10, the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force voted on its final recommendations, which emphasize the importance of providing balanced, individualized, patient-centered pain management to ensure better clinical outcomes for pain that improve quality of life and functionality for patients. The group recommended a broad framework of approaches for treating acute and […]

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The Opportunity in Disruption, Part 3: The Shape of Things to Come

The Opportunity in Disruption, Part 3: The Shape of Things to Come

October 1, 2019

By JOE FLOWER Picture, if you will, a healthcare sector that costs less, whose share of the national economy is more like it is in other advanced economies—let’s imagine 9% or 10% rather than 18% or 19%. A big part of this drop is a vast reduction in overtreatment because non-fee-for-service payment systems are far […]

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A Global Response to a Global Threat

The Intersection of Hurricane Response and Opioid Use Disorder

September 27, 2019

Hurricane season is just around the corner. If you are thinking about ways to prepare for the next hurricane, take a moment to consider this: approximately 2.1 million people have an opioid use disorder according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health and over 47,000 of them died by overdose in 2017 according […]

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Why Should Anyone Care About Health Data Interoperability?

Why Should Anyone Care About Health Data Interoperability?

September 25, 2019

By SUSANNAH FOX This piece is part of the series “The Health Data Goldilocks Dilemma: Sharing? Privacy? Both?” which explores whether it’s possible to advance interoperability while maintaining privacy. Check out other pieces in the series here. A question I hear quite often, sometimes whispered, is: Why should anyone care about health data interoperability? It […]

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Second Chance written on an open road

A Time for Second Chances

September 21, 2019

President Donald J. Trump has again recognized the importance of reentry for people returning to their communities from prison or jail, by declaring April 2019 as Second Chance Month. A crucial component of our work across the federal government is ensuring those reentering from incarceration succeed in becoming productive, law-abiding individuals. At HHS we understand […]

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Can Rah-Rah, Blah-Blah and Meh Accelerate Digital Health Innovation?

Can Rah-Rah, Blah-Blah and Meh Accelerate Digital Health Innovation?

September 19, 2019

By MICHAEL MILLENSON Can combining health tech “rah-rah,” health policy “blah-blah” and the “meh” of academic research accelerate the uptake of digital health innovation? AcademyHealth, the health services research policy group, is co-locating its Health Datapalooza meeting, rooted in cheerleading for “Data Liberación,” with the National Health Policy Conference, rooted in endless debate about policy detail. Sharing a hotel […]

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A Global Response to a Global Threat

Clinicians: Strengthening Your HPV Vaccine Recommendation

September 15, 2019

Your words are our most powerful tool to prevent thousands of HPV cancers each year in America. That’s because an effective recommendation by a trusted clinician is the best predictor of HPV vaccination. Your recommendation is simple, inexpensive, and powerful – and the best way to improve HPV vaccination rates, which remain far too low […]

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