For mothers-to-be, finding health care in a group

From the Fixes Blog at the New York Times: Recently in a nondescript conference room near Union Square in Manhattan, eight very pregnant women, husbands, boyfriends and a sister sat in a circle around a small patchwork quilt for two hours and talked about managing the discomforts of pregnancy. The remedies discussed ranged from the … Continue reading For mothers-to-be, finding health care in a group

“Toward Quality Measures for Population Health and the Leading Health Indicators”

If you, like me, missed this report when it first appeared last summer, visit the Institute of Medicine website to read the free PDF (or to order a copy). Public health practice and health care delivery in the United States share a common goal: longer, healthier lives for all. Quality in health care is essential … Continue reading “Toward Quality Measures for Population Health and the Leading Health Indicators”

Inequality at the core of high health care spending: A view from the OECD

From the Health Affairs blog: It is commonly said that the US spends more than twice as much on health care as other developed countries, yet its outcomes are worse. The inference is that too much care is provided, to no good end. Such international comparisons are drawn from the Organization of Economic Cooperation and … Continue reading Inequality at the core of high health care spending: A view from the OECD

New from AHRQ: Policies to reduce healthcare disparities

The new issue of the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ)'s Heath Care Innovations Exchange focuses on policies to reduce health care disparities. The featured Innovations describe three programs that implemented policies to help reduce health care disparities and ensure that vulnerable populations receive equitable health care. The programs include one that subsidized the costs of electronic … Continue reading New from AHRQ: Policies to reduce healthcare disparities

New web site for USHIK database

The United States Health Information Knowledgebase (USHIK) is an on-line, publicly accessible registry and repository of healthcare-related data, metadata and standards. USHIK is funded and directed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) with management support in partnership with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The web site was recently redesigned for clarity and … Continue reading New web site for USHIK database

Healthcare in two Americas

From the Commonwealth Fund Blog: Economists at Harvard University recently reported that geography is a particularly powerful predictor of economic mobility in the United States. For those of us who work in health care, this should not be surprising: we already have abundant evidence that where you live matters a lot when it comes to health and … Continue reading Healthcare in two Americas

Toward a scientific approach to workplace wellness

From the Health Affairs blog: We thank Health Affairs for the opportunity to respond to Professor Ron Goetzel’s comments on our recent Health Affairs article, “Wellness Incentives in the Workplace: Cost Savings through Cost Shifting to Unhealthy Workers.” In many respects our article was quite limited in scope. We started by noting that companies are increasingly adopting wellness programs based on the … Continue reading Toward a scientific approach to workplace wellness

Data sources for 2012 National National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports released

From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ): The National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) is a comprehensive national overview of quality of health care in the United States. It is organized around four dimensions of quality of care: effectiveness, patient safety, timeliness, and patient centeredness. The National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR) examines disparities in … Continue reading Data sources for 2012 National National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports released

Using patient-reported data to improve chronic disease care

The new issue of AHRQ's Innovations Exchange describes several new tools that allow patients to track information esaily and share it with clinicians to improve health care. The featured Innovations describe a tool that uses self-reports from patients with diabetes to generate intervention options, a self-assessment for patients with mental illness that improves communication with providers, and a smartphone application … Continue reading Using patient-reported data to improve chronic disease care

National Quality Measures Clearinghouse Measures Matrix

The National Quality Measures Clearinghouse (NQMC) is a public resource for evidence-based quality measures and measure sets.  You can find different types of quality measures  by topics (linked to a particular term derived from the U.S. National Library of Medicine's (NLM) Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), organization, national quality strategy, among others); expert commentary on guidelines and measures; … Continue reading National Quality Measures Clearinghouse Measures Matrix