The Value of Radiology Services in Value-Based Care

Radiology services play an essential role in value-based care. Yet, some believe that such services fall into the category of cost; however, if we change our perspective, we can consider such activities may elevate the overall value we deliver. In fact, diagnostic radiology can have a clinical benefit because it can help to refine differential diagnoses, define and… Read More »

Is Massive Social Unrest the Next Healthcare Crisis?

As strong leaders, we strive to improve upon each situation and anticipate the next steps. There are numerous scenarios, particularly in acute situations in which our advanced preparation is vital for the operation’s success. Frequently, these are short-lived and are dependent on location, such as weather, earthquakes, fires, etc. As shown, with COVID 19, Ebola, and other recent… Read More »

Should We Communicate “Risk Vs. Benefits” When Engaging in Shared Decision Making?

As we continue to improve and enhance our ability to foster shared decision making, the language we utilize to discuss treatments becomes important. Presently, we use the terms “risks” and benefits” in our conversations. However, risks are often unknown, and the benefits seem to be a given. And in actuality, neither statement is valid. When communicating risks, it… Read More »

How is Chart Transparency Going to Impact our Communication Methods?

With the recent legislative enactment of the 2016 Cures Act, I personally have received several comments and concerns. On the surface, the concept of information transparency is paramount as we move towards a more consumer-driven approach. As a patient, I should have immediate access to my information since it pertains to me and I wish to know what… Read More »

Addressing Societal Health Issues at a Root Cause Level

As we continue to grapple with various disease states like obesity and diabetes, which impact a significant number of people, our ability to change human behaviors is minimal. We continuously design interventions that include education and behavioral modification with limited results. In essence, we appear to be attempting to prevent water from streaming out of the hose by… Read More »

If We Invest in Social Needs, There Can Be a Great Return

Recently, there is a tremendous amount of focus on the value of social interventions and healthcare costs. To be of optimal help to the greater society, it is important for us to thoroughly understand how to investigate the value of such interventions. In the journal, Health Affairs, a recent study by Kangovi et al. investigates the return on… Read More »

Investment in Social Determinants is Rising

As we continue to focus on value-based care, with special attention put on the social needs of those we serve, how these investments occur becomes paramount. Historically, the buckets of allocated dollars for social needs lived in the public health sector, either by governmental or philanthropic funding. However, as we move towards value-based payment models, other delivery entities… Read More »

The Value of Social Care Delivery to Those We Serve

As healthcare delivery has evolved, we have developed a greater understanding that social factors have a big impact on health and wellness. As a result, healthcare systems are grappling with the question of how to address this dilemma.  Numerous organizations focus on our communities’ social needs, and yet, others believe policy changes will drive a healthier society. In… Read More »

To Better Support Those We Serve, Coordination is Key!

As we continue to focus on the social determinants of health, we spend a significant amount of attention on the financial support needed for nutrition assistance. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the largest food and nutrition assistance program, tasked with improving food security among low-income households. This program works by providing fiscal supplements to low-income households.… Read More »