Being Mindful Matters

Over the next few weeks I will be sharing some previous posts that are relevant to the uncertain healthcare climate we are navigating right now with COVID-19. What is the definition of being mindful? In the simplest terms, it conveys to be aware of your thoughts and emotions, in addition to demonstrating consideration of those with whom you… Read More »

Investment in Social Determinants of Health is Rising

As we continue to focus on value-based care, with particular attention being put on the social needs of those we serve, how these investments are made is important. Historically, funding for this was part of the public health sector, either by governmental or philanthropic funding. However, as we move towards value-based payment models, other delivery entities begin to… Read More »

Taking a Look at How Clinical Care and Public Health Intersect

Undeniably, individual rights are foundational to our civil liberties. However, we are also socially minded, meaning thinking beyond individual needs, and therefore, we must bridge this polarity. From a care perspective, these dualities remain in two different verticals,1. medical care/treatment, and 2. public health. For example, when I discuss a condition and treatment options with a patient, the… Read More »

What Happens When I am Proven Wrong?

“Hot-spotting” is a method in healthcare to identify areas for intervention. The premise suggests, if I can identify a segment that is responsible for most of a situation and change its trajectory, a positive outcome will occur. This premise is the basis for disease management, and now value-based care concerning social determinants of health. However, a recent randomized… Read More »

Using the “Five A’s” to Support Social Factors in Healthcare

It is understood that social factors influence health and wellness. Currently, Healthcare systems grapple with the question of how to address issues. A recent report from the consensus committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine provides recommendations to guide practice, societal, and policy discussions in this area. They recommend five A’s specifically, in the health… Read More »

When it Comes to Improving Healthcare, Consumers are Accountable Too!

Overall, we focus a considerable amount of time and energy on physician accountability for delivering value to those we serve. However, with consistently increasing costs to the consumer, there is less conversation concerning their responsibility. Currently, there is a societal debate asking what exactly, are the duties of individuals involving their own health and well-being. Undeniably, patients’ behavior… Read More »

Managed Care and Managed Competition Working in Tandem Can Hold Down Costs

As we continue to evaluate the cost of healthcare, two main ideas are gaining traction; managed care and managed competition, both are models designed to enhance value in a market. Defined as patient-centered, managed care coordinates care, thereby providing payment incentives that reward achieving cost, quality, and service measures; thus, offering value-based care, whereas, the managed competition model… Read More »

Have we found The Holy Grail in Artificial Intelligence?

A day rarely ends without Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its vast benefit being discussed in some form or fashion. I am all for technological and mathematical advances; however, one needs to remember that we are early on this journey and we would be better served to avoid the “shiny object syndrome”, meaning chasing after an item merely because… Read More »

Looking at the Liability of Artificial Intelligence

As we continue to embrace technology and machine learning to improve care, it is essential to focus on situations as they arise, and advocate adjustments that allow us to evolve. One such area that requires further scrutiny is Physician liability and artificial intelligence (AI). Undeniably, AI is by no means flawless since it involves machine learning on present… Read More »

Will Price Transparency in Healthcare Make Things Better?

United States purchasers of healthcare pay higher prices for a unit of service relative to other countries. In fact, these prices are primarily opaque, and the consumer rarely knows what it will owe for payment before they make a purchase. Market-based economics argue that price transparency of products leads to greater competition, thus leading to lower costs over… Read More »