What’s Behind 2.5 Million New Health Jobs?

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics sheds light on how the health care sector added 2.5 million new jobs over the decade following the recession.

March 17, 2017

Misleading Metrics

Metrics are intended to promote quality. But if they measure the wrong thing or are easy to manipulate, there can be serious consequences.

February 21, 2017

Solving The Rural Health Care Access Crisis With The Freestanding Emergency Center Care Model

A 2016 study identified over 650 rural hospitals vulnerable to closure in 42 states with 38 percent of 1,332 Critical Access Hospitals operating at a financial loss. Freestanding Emergency Centers present a practical solution to this crisis.

February 21, 2017

Hospitals, Hospital Medicine, And Health For All

The field of hospital medicine---which combines knowledge in acute care and inpatient medicine with expertise in hospital care delivery---can steward the valuable resource of hospital care toward high performance. The global community should manage and cultivate it across health care contexts.

February 16, 2017

Obstacles On The Road To Risk

A recent survey of American Medical Group Association members showed that health systems across the nation still see the destination called value as a distant sign still ahead of us.

February 15, 2017

Tucked Away In The Cures Act, A Better Option For Addressing Readmission Penalties For Safety-Net Providers

The Cures Act---in contrast to prior proposals, which argued for changes to the readmission measures---directly mitigates the impact of penalties on safety-net hospitals.

February 7, 2017

How Shared Decision Making In The Emergency Department Can Improve Value

Research into "Chest Pain Choice" decision aids highlights the benefit of bringing shared decision making into the ED.

February 7, 2017

Stopping Surprise Medical Bills: Federal Action Is Needed

States cannot protect more than half of commercially insured consumers due to an arcane federal law, known as the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, which exempts almost 100 million people in private insurance plans from state regulation because their plans are self-funded by employers.

February 1, 2017

Maryland’s All-Payer Model—Achievements, Challenges, And Next Steps

As the model begins its fourth year, Maryland is meeting or exceeding all of its key CMS requirements.

January 31, 2017

Weaving Whole-Person Health Throughout An Accountable Care Framework: The Social ACO

As currently structured, most ACOs contain a serious flaw: the vast majority of ACO financing structures, including most of those promoted by CMS and state Medicaid programs, carve out the largest drivers of health: social, environmental, and community factors.

January 25, 2017