Innovation Digest – February 2018 vol. 2

Are we witnessing signs of new directions in the health care conversation? While the usual politics and bickering about our broken access and financing continues, some points of light are emerging. Payer and manufacturer contracting based on outcomes and value to the patient could potentially change the way we drive innovation and payment for care. More data is emerging about the relationship (and impact) of social determinants on health, both access and outcomes. Those that work in communities across the country know this is fact. Now it appears that payers may be taking notice. Could this mean that housing, transportation and access to food could be core elements of health care in the future?
Before we become giddy about the possibilities, there are also sobering reminders that we continue to ignore basics, including early and consistent mental health treatment, basic dental care and appropriate use of the medicines we have. While we’re all attracted to the new and improved, let’s first do no harm.
In this issue:
  • Survey: 80% of payers taking steps to address social determinants of health
  • To Fight Fatal Infections, Hospitals May Turn to Algorithms
  • How Value-Based Medicare Payments Exacerbate Health Care Disparities
  • How Dental Inequality Hurts Americans
  • Study Shows Fluoroquinolones Unnecessarily Prescribed for Urinary Tract Infections and Respiratory Care Visits
  • Community health center patients more likely to cite housing struggles, JAMA reports
  • Medtronic Moves to a New Health-Care Model: Pay Only if It Works
  • Reducing Overtreatment of Cancer With Precision Medicine
  • Legislative Actions Encourage Value in Medicare Advantage and High-Deductible Health Plans
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