Innovation Digest – March 2019 Vol. 1

Accountability is the key to transforming health care. Revelations of insurance discrimination, inflated pricing, hidden safety data — it’s all evidence that confirms many patient and family members’ distrust of those who hold the keys to their care and well-being. If we’re relatively healthy and follow the rules for good preventive care, smart utilization and faithful payment of insurance premiums, we should be at least offended at the blatant efforts by any organization to manipulate data, research or policy decisions to serve profit first and patient second. For those dealing with chronic or catastrophic illness, as well as those without coverage or the means to pay for it, this violation of trust is bigger: it has consequences for life. We read so much about patient-centered health care in this country. When will we begin to actually see evidence that it’s real? My sense is that those who elevate the concerns, voices and inputs of patients and their caregivers are doing the difficult and critical work to hold all actors accountable.

In this issue:

  • Clinical Transformation Must Be Rooted In Patients’ Realities—And The Evidence Base
  • Mental Health Treatment Denied to Customers by Giant Insurer’s Policies, Judge Rules
  • Hidden FDA Reports Detail Harm Caused By Scores Of Medical Devices
  • Why Food Could Be the Best Medicine of All
  • New ways to detect cancer early will help pave the way for precision health
  • Another Obstacle for Women in Science: Men Get More Federal Grant Money
  • The Jail Health-Care Crisis
  • Mental Health Treatment Denied to Customers by Giant Insurer’s Policies, Judge Rules
  • Hidden FDA Reports Detail Harm Caused By Scores Of Medical Devices
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