Health Innovation News

By the Health Innovation Program | The Health Innovation Program at the University of Wisconsin. Integrating healthcare research and practice. www.hip.wisc.edu

Threat Of Obamacare Repeal Leaves Community Health Centers In Limbo

Treating people for free or for very little money has been the role of community health centers across the U.S. for decades. In 2015, 1 in 12 Americans sought care at one of these clinics; nearly 6 in 10 were women, and hundreds of thousands were veterans.<p>The community clinics – now roughly …

Health Care

Why Are We Still Paying for Quantity—Not Quality?

<i>This essay appears in today's edition of the</i> Fortune <i>Brainstorm Health Daily. Get it delivered straight to your inbox.</i><p>In 2009, the surgeon-journalist …

Health Care

Heart Screening For Teens May Cause More Problems Than It Solves

Dozens of not-for-profit organizations have formed in the past decade to promote free or low-cost heart screenings for teens. The groups often claim such tests save lives by finding abnormalities that might pose a risk of sudden cardiac death.<p>But the efforts are raising concerns. There's no …

Public Health

When Evidence Says No, but Doctors Say Yes

Long after research contradicts common medical practices, patients continue to demand them and physicians continue to deliver. The result is an epidemic of unnecessary and unhelpful treatments.<p>First, listen to the story with the happy ending: At 61, the executive was in excellent health. His blood …

Medicine

Why So Many Young Doctors Work Such Awful Hours

Neither truck drivers nor bankers would put up with a system like the one that influences medical residents’ schedules.<p>The path to becoming a doctor is notoriously difficult. Following pre-med studies and four years of medical school, freshly minted M.D.s must spend anywhere from three to seven …

Medical School

30,000 excess deaths linked to NHS and social care cuts

Death rates in 2015 were higher than previous years, with a larger than usual spike in January.<p>Underfunding of the NHS and social care services in …

NHS

Treatment gaps persist between low- and high-income workers, even with insurance

Treatment gaps still exist between workers at different wage levels. Photo via Getty Images<p>Low-wage workers with job-based health insurance were …

Health Care

Beyond fact-checking: After the catastrophic media failure of 2016, the press must master “crucial evidence”

Philosopher William Berkson has an antidote for bogus media "balance": Some evidence matters more<p>The media failed disastrously during the 2016 presidential election. The only questions, really, are how and why — and what can be done about it. This is especially urgent as President Donald Trump, …

Liberal POV

Opioid-Prescribing Patterns of Emergency Physicians and Risk of Long

Background<p>Increasing overuse of opioids in the United States may be driven in part by physician prescribing. However, the extent to which individual …

Medical Journals

The Flawed Designs of Drug Trials for Autism

Can a new clinical approach end a pattern of failure and frustration?<p>Taylor Stevenson’s family never left him out of conversations, but they never expected him to participate, either. His contributions, if he made any, were a few random words—gibberish or a Big Bird quote.<p>So when Taylor started …

Autism

Dozens of new cancer drugs do little to improve survival

Marlene McCarthy’s breast cancer has grown relentlessly over the past seven years, spreading painfully through her bones and making it impossible to walk without a cane.<p>Although the 73-year-old knows there’s no cure for her disease, she wants researchers to do better. It’s been years, she said, …

Cancer

With billions at stake, a federal judge just nullified the GOP's most cynical attack on Obamacare

Moda Health, a small Oregon health insurer, just won a $214-million judgment against the federal government. Normally that wouldn’t be worth reporting, except that in awarding Moda the money, the federal judge in the case dismantled the most cynical attack on the Affordable Care Act that …

Health Care

Epidemic of untreatable back and neck pain costs billions, study finds

Costing the US alone $88bn a year, low back and neck pain is widespread and expensive – despite the fact that most treatments don’t work<p>Low back and neck pain is an increasingly widespread and expensive condition worldwide, costing the US alone $88bn a year – the third highest bill for any health …

Chronic Pain

The Worst Data Breaches in the U.S., Ranked State by State

New data reveals insider errors as the primary cause of data breaches that affected 15.2 million Americans last year.<p>15.2m Americans had confidential personal and financial information compromised last year.<p>A vast database maintained by the US Government’s Department of Health and Human Services …

Data Breach

Here's how many people in every state don't have health insurance

The percentage of Americans without health insurance hit an all-time low in 2016, mostly due to the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare.<p>Despite the substantial decrease in the national rate, there is a substantial variance in the uninsurance rate between …

Insurance

Cancer drug prices must come down, say leading research institutes

Top UK and US scientists say high cost for medicines is indefensible as they propose cheaper way to develop them<p>The high price of new cancer drugs is indefensible and unsustainable, say two of the world’s leading cancer research institutions, who propose a different way to develop them that could …

Cancer

How Systems Engineering Can Help Fix Health Care

When an aircraft manufacturer decides to create a new model, it doesn’t ask pilots and crew to identify the best cabin, wings, jet engines, and other parts, and then put all the pieces together. A plane developed that way wouldn’t fly. The company begins with a goal, such as safely carrying 250 …

Health Care

Health Insurers Face 'Massive Confusion' As GOP Wavers On Obamacare

Premiums for Obamacare plans sold by New Mexico Health Connections could rise as little as 7 percent next year, said Martin Hickey, the insurance company's CEO. Or they might soar as much as 40 percent, he said.<p>It all depends on what happens in Washington. Such is the vast uncertainty about how the …

Health Care

Americans Are Putting Off Medical Treatments Because They Can't Pay

A new study looks at how people cope with unplanned health-care expenses.<p>More than a quarter of Americans say that someone in their household is struggling to pay medical debt, according to a report from the Kauffman Family Foundation last year. Low-income and other uninsured people tend to be in …

Health Care

The Pharmacies Thriving in Kentucky's Opioid-Stricken Towns

In a year, one county filled enough prescriptions for 150 doses of painkillers per resident.<p>MANCHESTER, Ky.—This economically depressed city in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains is an image of frozen-in-time decline: empty storefronts with faded facades, sagging power lines, and aged …

Addiction

'Edutainer' Hans Rosling, Who Taught Us About The World, Has Died

He called himself an "edutainer."<p>He had a knack for explaining difficult concepts — global inequality, climate change, disease and poverty. He used maps, humor and props like storage boxes and colored stones to tell the story of our world and to advocate for the poor: "Health cannot be bought at …

Public Health

Redesigning Care for High-Cost, High-Risk Patients

Amid the political uncertainties that continue to cloud the future of U.S. health care, one thing hasn’t changed: Patients, clinicians, health plans, payers, and policy makers are still striving to achieve better outcomes at lower costs. Given the heavy financial burden that health care is imposing …

Health Care

How to Make Sure Your Emails Give the Right Impression

Given the avalanche of email we receive each year — 121 messages per day, on average — it’s no wonder that we have become somewhat desensitized to its impact on our professional brand. We’ll spend hours polishing our LinkedIn profiles and revising our résumés, but hastily hit send on an …

Productivity

Grading Obamacare: Successes, Failures and ‘Incompletes’

Did Obamacare work?<p>It’s worth asking as President Trump presses his promise to repeal and replace the “disaster” of Obamacare.<p>Ever since the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, it has been so contentious that it can be difficult to see beyond the partisan debate. But by looking at the many ways …

Health Care

Health Insurers Say They Don't Want To Go Back To Being The Bad Guys

President Donald Trump and other Republican leaders have been working to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. And the millions of Americans who have health insurance through the Obamacare marketplaces aren't the only ones wondering about their fate. Leaders of insurance companies are, …

Health Care

Fewer but better clinics ‘will save more stroke victims’

Dozens of units should be shut and reorganised into centres of excellence to lift survival rates, says charity<p>Dozens of hospital stroke units should be shut and the service reorganised into fewer centres of excellence in order to improve care, the charity representing stroke survivors has …

NHS

Ottawa Hospital opens 1st medical 3D printing program of its kind in Canada

Program will use 3D modelling for prosthetic limbs making them more affordable and personalized<p>The Ottawa Hospital has opened a new medical 3D …

3D Printing

Nice graphic? Are they taking the p…

(This article was first published on <b>R – What You're Doing Is Rather Desperate</b>, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)<p>Yes, it started with a tweet:<p>Nice …

Data Analysis

Study Suggests That Immigrant Doctors Provide Better Care Than U.S. Medical Graduates

Immigrants are a much bigger part of health care than many may realize. (Photo: Shutterstock)<p>During the opening monologue to a <i>Saturday Night Live</i> episode, comedian Louis CK once indicated that he has “mild racism” because of the following thoughts: ”Say I’m in a hospital and the doctor comes in to …

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