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Information Blocking Under Attack: The Challenges Facing EHR Developers and Vendors

By DAVID KIBBE, MD In March 2017 Milbank Quarterly, researchers Julia Adler-Milstein and Eric Pfeifer found that information blocking — which they define as a set of practices in which “providers or vendors knowingly and unreasonably interfere with the exchange or use of electronic health information in ways that harm policy goals” – occurs frequently,

What’s Behind the Spike in Food Allergies?

By BASIL KAHWASH We are surrounded by evidence of the enormous impact food allergies are making in our society. The peanut butter and jelly sandwich, once a staple of elementary school lunchboxes, has been banned in numerous school districts across the country. Candy bars are required to alert consumers about any other products processed in

How CMS Undermines Pioneer ACOs and What to do About It

By KIP SULLIVAN In my first post  in this three-part series, I documented three problems with Pioneer ACOs: High churn rates among patients and doctors; assignment to ACOs of healthy patients; and assignment of so few ACO patients to each ACO doctor that ACO “attributees” constitute just 5 percent of each doctor’s panel. I noted

Open Season on Health Privacy in Washington DC

By ADRIAN GROPPER, MD With Senate bill S.3530, data brokers would remove the last shreds of transparency and control that patients still have over our health data and drive healthcare costs even higher in the process. Will hospitals and the pharmaceutical industry go along? It’s been 17 years since patients lost control over how our

The Delta of Discomfort and the Agony of Despair

I’m a radiologist. I spend my day looking at CT scans and MRI scans. When it’s a good day, I have interesting scans to review, but much of my work is not too dissimilar from a TSA screener’s. One normal scan after the next, it’s akin to trying to stay alert so that the gun

Compete for 2017’s Startup Spotlight at Health 2.0’s Traction Competition!

By DEEPA MISTRY  Pitch and Get Funded! With a new political climate, exponential growth in tech, and an increasing awareness on key issues, the health care industry is ever changing, and now’s the best time for your startup to breakthrough in the digital health community. Demonstrate your company’s potential to prominent investors and enter your

On Teaching Hospitals & Conflict of Interest

By ASHISH JHA, MD How much does it matter which hospital you go to? Of course, it matters a lot – hospitals vary enormously on quality of care, and choosing the right hospital can mean the difference between life and death. The problem is that it’s hard for most people to know how to choose.

House v. Price and the CSR Payments Paradox

By STEVEN FINDLAY Many countries in the world have dysfunctional governments. Some have corrupt and devious ones, or even deadly ones. We’ve lived with serious dysfunction in Washington for two decades. Now we join the ranks of countries with a corrupt and devious government, one without a moral compass. And I’m not just talking about

Only Alternative Facts Can Support the Protecting Access to Care Act

By CHARLES SILVER and DAVID HYMAN In late March of this year, JAMAInternal Medicine published a study finding that the “the overall rate of [malpractice] claims paid on behalf of physicians decreased by 55.7% from 1992 to 2014.”  The finding wasn’t new.  In 2013, the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies published a study co-authored by

ACO Turnover is High. Doctors Have Few Patients, and Those Patients are Unusually Healthy

By KIP SULLIVAN, JD ACOs suffer astonishingly high turnover rates among their doctors and patients; their patients are unusually healthy; and those unusually healthy ACO patients constitute about 5 percent of each ACO doctor’s panel of patients. These facts appear in three recent reports: CMS’s final evaluation of the Pioneer ACO program, and two papers

Suppose It’s an Obligation and Not a Right?

By THE DARK GODDESS OF REPLEVIN Suppose we frame the current health insurance debate in a different way? It is about insurance. “Health insurance”=/=”health care,” although the former should lead to the latter. Rather than arguing whether American individuals have a right to health care (beyond what you can already find in EMTALA, and please

Maintainance of Conflict of Interest?

By WESTBY FISHER, MD In the May 2nd issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the American Medical Association (AMA) discusses the subject of physician conflicts of interest in medicine. This puts them at an interesting juncture when the editor-in-Chief and executive editor of JAMA failed to disclose their relationship with the

GEHA’s Seven-Year “Glitch”

By NIRAN AL-AGBA, MD In a little piece of legislation known as the Affordable Care Act, preventive services are mandated to be covered with no out-of-pocket expense to consumers. According to the website, approved insurance plans must cover a “list of preventive services for children without charging a copayment or coinsurance.” Number 18 on

Is Health Privacy a Human Right?

By ADRIAN GROPPER, MD and DEBORAH PEEL, MD Health privacy sits at an uncomfortable junction between three interests: individual human rights, public / population health, and private business interests. There’s no obvious reason for these three interests to be misaligned but a lot of pain and money are involved so either politics or competition are

10 Reasons why you MUST attend HxR 2017!

By JILL MERRIGAN We know there are plenty of healthcare conferences to choose from if you’re looking to get inspired. However, we strongly believe our conference really sets us apart when it comes to applying design and technology to improve health. Here’s why… 10. Networking There are plenty of opportunities to rub elbows with hundreds

Why Health Reform is a Risky Business for Politicians: Even Winning Can Cost You at the Polls!

By JEFF GOLDSMITH In August 1989, Chicago Congressman Daniel Rostenkowski, then Chairman of the “powerful” House Ways and Means Committee, narrowly escaped an angry mob of seniors in his own district who attacked his car with umbrellas. His crime: eliminating the gaping patient financial exposure built into the Medicare program in 1965 by raising taxes

Failure to Translate: Why Have Evidence-Based EHR Interventions Not Generalized?

By WILLIAM HERSH, MD The adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) has increased substantially in hospitals and clinician offices in large part due to the “meaningful use” program of the Health Information Technology for Clinical and Economic Health (HITECH) Act. The motivation for increasing EHR use in the HITECH Act was supported by evidence-based interventions

Bob Wachter’s 2017 Penn Med Commencement Address “Go to Radiology”

By ROBERT WACHTER, MD Dean Jameson, Trustees, Faculty, Family and Friends, and most of all, Graduates of the Class of 2017: Standing before you on this wonderful day, seeing all the proud parents and significant others, I can’t help but think about my father. My dad didn’t go to college; he joined the Air Force

Universal Coverage Means Less Care and More Money

By JANE ORIENT, MD The reported success of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or ObamaCare) is based on enrollment numbers. Millions more have “coverage.” Similarly, the predicted disasters from repeal have to do with loss of coverage. Tens of thousands of deaths will allegedly follow. Activists urge shipping repeal victims’ ashes to Congress—possibly illegal and

Lessons From the 100 Nation Ransomware Attack

By ROSS KOPPEL and HAROLD THIMBLEBY The world is reeling from the massive ransomware attack on at least a hundred nations’ computer systems. The unprecedented malware spasm infected hundreds of thousands of computers, and would have infected millions more but for a 22-year old computer science student who found a vulnerability in the malware that

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