News, Announcements, Celebrations
- In light of last night’s Senate vote, the need to push for more systems level reform id needed now more than ever (in the words of Ben Miller)…we must be bold with our vision and strategic without action to help those who need it most.
- Providence St. Joseph Health and Well Being Trust Support Life-Changing Mental Health Initiatives Across California with $10 Million in Grants is a posting on Providence St. Joseph Health about the first round of grants and contracts to mental health and wellness initiatives intended to help vulnerable Californians. The initiatives were selected for the degree of crisis they represent and capacity for impact.
- Mental Health in the Workplace: World Mental Health Day 2017 is a report developed by the World Federation of Mental Health in collaboration with the mental health community. Rosalynn Carter is the Honorary Chair, of World Mental Health Day on its 25th
- Young People Want to Take Care of Their Mental Health, Repot Shows is a story in Teen Vogue by Brittney McNamara that cites a new report from the Born This Way Foundation, Lady Gaga’s organization dedicated to empowering young people, that says 57% of young people aged 15-24 years say their mental health is a priority to them, but 54% of them never or rarely talk about it. And of those young people who work, 29% don’t know if their employer offers health insurance that covers mental health treatment.
- R U There? is an article in The New Yorker by Alice Gregory that discusses a new counseling service that harnesses the power of the text message…Crisis Text Line.
- Health Literacy Insights for Health Crises is a discussion paper posted on the National Academy of Medicine site by Kim Parson and colleagues that highlights principles of clear communication and insights from several decades of health literacy studies to support such efforts.
- Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos on His Fight to Make Mental Health Care Accessible for Artists is a story posted on Billboard by Ilana Kaplan about a musician’s pet project, The Wishart Group, a company dedicated to spreading mental health awareness and providing legal, educational and healthcare services to artists.
- Race Bias in the Workplace is a podcast on NPR presented by our friend and colleague, Dayna Matthew that discusses how bias plays a major role throughout work places of employment.
- Fund Publishes Report on Standardizing the Measurement of Commercial Health Plan Primary Care Spending is a Milbank Memorial Fund report authored by Michael Bailit, Margaret Houy, and Mark Friedberg that presents a methodology to define and estimate spending on primary care, relative to other medical expenses; and “screams for the U.S. healthcare system to invest more in primary care.”
- Insurance trade group warns against skinny repeal. Read the ceo’s letter to Mitch McConnell and Charles Schumer
- For Obamacare enrollees, Obamacare repeal is already real is a posting on Vox by Sarah Kliff that presents personal stories about what repeal really means.
- Uncertainty in DC Fueling Health Insurance Rate Increases in Montana is a case study involving three Montana health insurance companies on Montana Public Radio presented by Eric Whitney about possible rate hikes.
- North Dakota Medicaid expands coverage for autism services is a story in the Grand Forks Herald by Andrew Haffner about how the state’s updated Medicaid plan will provide coverage for applied behavioral analysis (ABA), a therapy regiment that encourages individuals to develop more social behaviors.
- Healthcare Policy Expert: These are the 2 things I wish more people understood about their healthcare is a story (video and transcript) in the Business Insider by Sherry Glied, Dean of NY University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service who wishes people understood two things: 1) how extremely concentrated healthcare costs are, and 2) the reason healthcare costs get higher and higher every year is that we are able to do so much more for people than we were able to do in the past (different from why US healthcare costs are higher than other countries).
- ‘Concern’ as mental health wait times double in six years is a posting on the BBC News about the backlog of patients in Wales waiting for help…sometimes as long as a year.
- Alabama Ends Plan to Shift Medicaid to Managed Care is a story on News 5 out of Montgomery indicating that the Alabama Medicaid Agency announced yesterday that the state is aborting the project due to expected changes the Trump administration and Congress will make to Medicaid.
- Fixing Our Most Pressing Health Insurance Problems: A Bipartisan Path Forward is a posting on The Commonwealth Fund site by Timothy S. Jost about how “bipartisanship in health policy is not a fantasy” and how “Congress should ensure coverage for counties with one or zero individual market health plans. Practical solutions exist.
- Obamacare Is Alive Because It Has Made Life Better for Millions is a post on Huff Post by Jonathan Cohn about how last night’s vote signals the hope that at least some Republican senators seem interested in starting a more routine, bipartisan discussion about how to address the problems with the ACA.
- Repealing the ACA without a Replacement – The risks to American health care is an opinion piece in the NEJM by Barack Obama published in January 2017 that underscores the fact that “reform isn’t about a nameless, faceless system. It’s about the millions of lives at stake.”
- ‘I Am Totally Burned Out’: Patients Watch Heath Care Debate with Dread is a story in The New York Times by Jan Hoffman of personal stories that depict how the war in Congress has brought anxiety to those whose health insurance is at risk.
- Price Transparency in Medicine Faces Stiff Opposition – From Hospitals and Doctors is a posting on Kaiser Health News by Rachel Bluth discusses the barriers/challenges to this notion using Ohio’s Healthcare Price Transparency Law as an example of the uphill battles when dealing with the health care industry, which has a great deal of political power and lots of money.
- Medicaid is the backbone of health coverage is an opinion piece on The Hill by Margaret A. Murray who wanted to put into perspective the place Medicaid plays…both for the population it serves and for the implications proposed cuts.
- House floats bill to incentivize mental health providers to buy EHRs is a story on Healthcare IT News by Jessica Davis about bipartisan legislation that is part of a CMS Innovation Center project to promote HER adoption for the improvement of care quality and interoperability.
- Living inside a prison, inmates deal with mental health is a story in The Times-Tribune by Joseph Kohut about a program at the State Correctional Institution at Waymart in Pennsylvania that involves a mental health peer support network that serves at the front line of the prison system’s mental illness problem. These 11 inmates self-disclose that they have a mental illness and are in recovery so as to model the possibility of recovery for others.
Research, Data, Evaluation
- Uptake of mental health websites in primary care: Insights from an Australian longitudinal cohort study of depression is an article in Primary Health Care Research & Information Service by Jane Gunn and colleagues about the potential for mental health websites when targeted appropriately. This article reports the results of a study involving 789 individuals with depressive symptoms followed annually for nine years.
- Which Metrics on Hospital Quality Should Patients Pay Attention To? is a story in The New York Times by Austin Frakt who discusses the results of a study by economists at MIT and Vanderbilt that found that hospitals that score better on certain metrics reduce mortality and that patient satisfaction scores are useful signals of quality.
- The Anatomy of Health Care in the United States is an article published on The Jama Network by Dr. Hamilton Moses, III and colleagues about a study to describe and document the current anatomy and historical trends of health care in the United States with data pulled from a multitude of sources, which helps to elucidate the gaps to allow us to think bigger.
- Improving Social Emotional Skills in Childhood Enhances Long-Term Well-Being and Economic Outcomes is a story posted on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation site by D. Jones and colleagues that reports that the Pennsylvania State University, with support from RWFJ, will be publishing a series of briefs addressing the need for research, practice and policy on social and emotional learning.
- Contribution of Primary Care to Health Systems and Health is a 2005 review article in The Milbank Quarterly by Drs. Barbara Starfield, Leiyu Shi and James Marcinko as a reminder about the evidence that shows the primary care helps prevent illness and death. And evidence showed that primary care (in contrast to specialty care) is associated with a more equitable distribution of health in populations, a finding that holds in both cross-national and within-national studies.
- States that expanded Medicaid saw drop in medical debt, U study finds is a story in the Star Tribune by Christopher Snowbeck about how low-income residents in states that expanded eligibility for Medicaid coverage saw a bigger decline in unpaid medical bills between 2012 and 2015 than people living in states that didn’t expand coverage according to a study published on the Health Affairs Blog.
- Researchers Add Social Determinants of Health to Epic EHR is a story on EHR Intelligence
by Kate Monica about how researchers found that standardizing the collection and presentation of data related to social determinants of health in Epic HER systems could lead to improved patient health outcomes.
- 162 practices have accepted the offer to participate in the SIM Cohort 2. Those not selected are encouraged to join one of the other practice transformation efforts included in this catalog and/or apply for Cohort 3 in a few months.
- To help practices with data management/migration to HIE/engage in telehealth/use Qualified Clinical Data Registry for MIPS, practice funding has been increased by $1,000.
Enjoy your weekend.