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Five Insights From the 2015 MIT Bioinnovations Conference

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Blog, Stories | 0 comments

Five Insights From the 2015 MIT Bioinnovations Conference

By Jonathan Gordon On February 20th, I had the privilege of taking part in the 2015 MIT Bioinnovations conference. Dr. Neel Shah kicked off the conference, whose theme was “Redefining Value in Healthcare,” and I joined the panel on “Trends in Healthcare Payment Models: Accountable Care Organizations.” I joined population health leaders from Partners, McKesson, Putnam Associates and The Activity Exchange to discuss the current potential and future of accountable care organizations (ACOs). Over the course of the hour, a couple of key themes emerged: Health is much more than just what...

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Reflections on the National Dialogue for Healthcare Innovation and the Ongoing Struggle to Define Value in Healthcare

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in Blog, News, Stories | 2 comments

By Neel Shah, MD, MPP  This month, I had the opportunity to sit at the table with some of the nation’s top thought leaders. We convened at the Newseum in Washington, DC, for the Healthcare Leadership Council’s National Dialogue for Healthcare Innovation; it was like a health policy nerd red carpet. Center for Medicare Director Sean Cavanaugh was there. Leapfrog Group CEO Leah Binder was there. America’s favorite bioethicist–oncologist–provocateur Zeke Emanuel was there. The chief executives of providers, payers, pharmaceutical companies, government agencies—all there. And what...

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Costs of Care and ABIM Foundation Launch Teaching Value in Health Care Learning Network

Posted by on Mar 9, 2015 in Blog, News, Stories | 0 comments

Costs of Care and ABIM Foundation Launch Teaching Value in Health Care Learning Network

By Neel Shah, MD MPP There is growing recognition that physicians are increasingly being asked to deliver high-quality care while at the same time acting as careful stewards of expensive medical resources. Current medical training does not adequately prepare them to practice with these two directives in mind. Health care innovators across the country are taking a critical look at this challenge and are developing new models of health care delivery and identifying the skills and competencies that will be required of physicians. One effort to showcase these initiatives is being led by the ABIM...

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What Could Be the Harm?

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 in Blog, Stories | 0 comments

What Could Be the Harm?

Eric Mandelbaum RN, MBA Managing diabetes is all about control: controlling what you eat, when you eat, and the amount of insulin you give yourself. As someone with type 1 diabetes, I understand how control over one’s blood glucose levels is vital to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. When I was hospitalized due to a car accident, however, I saw how the hospital’s desire to control my care ended up costing my insurance company more than what seemed appropriate. I had been hospitalized due to a car accident that had been caused by low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). The nursing staff would come...

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Denial of Care

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in Blog, Stories | 3 comments

Denial of Care

By Jane Arnoff Logsdon, MSSA, LSW  I consider myself a pretty savvy and resourceful consumer. I know how to solve problems that come up in the day to day situations we all face. I have navigated my way through more than a few complicated and sensitive financial situations.  Add to that my ability to be persistent and you would think that I could figure out a simple denial of an insurance claim with ease, right? In this case, the answer is no. Here’s the situation: my husband decided to quit smoking after many years of puffing away by using a smoking cessation program. I assumed that our...

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