Now that 2018 is drawing to a close, it’s time to take a look at the topics that captured employers’ attention at events and on our website.
On My Mind Blogs
It strikes us that one of the ways to improve health and health care while lowering costs is to strengthen primary care. Primary care is the “routine care” delivered by clinicians who are trained in family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics.
Earlier this month, I was invited to a meeting of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. My role was to give the employer perspective on population health improvement. This made me wonder… is there one?
Health Policy in Transit offers “common sense” recommendations from employers like us to U.S. lawmakers considering changes to the Affordable Care Act.
President Trump, with Republican majorities in the Senate and House, has vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act (also known as ObamaCare).
The QualityPath Program has been up and running for almost two years. As a new and “market- disrupting” initiative, we are watching this program carefully. We want to ensure that we are accomplishing our aim of better care for patients at lower costs. Check and check!
A new report, Health Care-Associated Infections, compares hospitals across the country in their efforts to reduce or eliminate two important types of infections. The report shows that while infection rates are falling as hospitals work to achieve zero occurrences, only 25 percent of hospitals meet that goal today.
Twenty national employers recently announced they have joined together to form the Health Transformation Alliance. The aim is to pool their data and market power to better control health care costs.
For years, we've heard that health care in our region is low cost (at least by comparison) and high quality. Turns out, that may be true for those who receive Medicare, but not necessarily for the rest of us.
Over the last year, my sister and I helped our mom move to Madison from Rockford, Ill. where she lived for the last 40 years. She's 88 and has an array of health concerns; we all wanted to live closer together. While we knew that she was having some short-term memory issues, we didn't realize until she moved that she had dementia, and perhaps Alzheimer's.