Tag Archives: chronic disease

The United States Can Reduce Socioeconomic Disparities By Focusing On Chronic Diseases

One unorthodox but highly effective approach to addressing health and socioeconomic disparities in the United States would be to close the racial and ethnic wealth gap in our society by improving health.

August 17, 2017

Designing Successful Bundled Payment Initiatives

Successful bundled payment initiatives have demonstrated an ability to both lower costs and improve health care quality. However, bundled payments also change financial incentives because the model shifts risk from payers to providers. To address these concerns, there are three principles that...

April 20, 2016

To Identify Patients For Care Management Interventions, Look Beyond Big Data

Complex care management programs are costly, so it is important to select patients who are also most likely to benefit from such programs. To best identify the right patients, we need to consider other data sources, particularly provider insights and patient-reported data.

April 19, 2016

Addressing Health In America To Build Wealth

Today, two of the primary focal points for many policy leaders include boosting individual income growth and, independently, reducing health care spending growth. We have not, however, addressed a central common cause: the rising prevalence of chronic illness.

April 18, 2016

In Rural States Policy Changes To Improve Access To Home Dialysis Are Vital

An estimated 26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease of varying degrees. A new report highlighted the economic benefits of home dialysis -- and cited a “confluence of factors” that inhibit patients from choosing a home dialysis modality.

April 12, 2016

Collaboration With Chronic Disease Groups Optimizes Outcomes For Payers And Patients

New specialty treatments for patients with rare and chronic diseases are transformational. However, they are often expensive and insurers now face greater challenges in covering the needs of a wider range of patients. Collaborating with patient organizations can be a win-win for both insurers...

March 23, 2016

States Taking Action To Break The Link Between Chronic Disease And Maternal Death

Maternal deaths in the U.S. are on the rise, even as they have declined nearly everywhere else in the world. Women who die from pregnancy or childbirth complications have disproportionately high rates of chronic disease.

February 19, 2016

Reducing Health Care Costs Through Early Intervention On Mental Illnesses

Research recently published in Health Affairs helps to make the increasingly compelling case for earlier identification and intervention to address mental illnesses -- if we’re concerned about saving money.

January 25, 2016

From The Archives: Deductibles And Out-Of-Pocket Costs

Welcome to “From the Archives,” a new Health Affairs Blog series, where we take a timely topic and delve into the literature and history, from a Health Affairs angle, of course. We recently published a Web First with results from a Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) survey of employers, showing...

September 29, 2015

The Section 1557 Regulation: What’s Missing, And How We Can Include It

Section 1302 of the ACA regulates "adverse tiering," which some insurers use to discourage enrollment. However, the Section 1302 regulation has so far been limited, and new forms of discrimination have prompted many to call on the Obama Administration for a stronger response.

September 21, 2015