Chronic Care

Recommended Healthcare Reading

A recent poisting on the Better Health blog recommends four books to better understanding the US healthcare system:

Risk Adjustments for Individuals and Groups

A new report was recently released by CMS that measures the accuracy of the risk adjustment models that CMS utilizes for Medicare Advantage plans, the Physician Group Practice demonstration and others, and is expected to be used for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). This report provides some interesting insights into the effectiveness of risk adjusters.

"Population Health" provides guidance for ACOs and others taking health risk

"Population Health -Creating a Culture of Wellness"  (http://www.amazon.com/Population-Health-Creating-Culture-Wellness/dp/076378043X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1298394113&sr=8-1)  is a new book that provides a comprehensive overview of the issues involved in understanding and managing the health of large groups of people.  Coauthored by David Nash, Dean of Thomas Jefferson University's School of Population Health, the book is separated into section

Focusing Care on the Highest Cost Patients

Atul Gawande, the author of "The Checklist Manifesto" and "Better", has an interesting article in the January 24 issue of The New Yorker (http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/01/24/110124fa_fact_gawande) on efforts to target healthcare services to the small number of patients who consume the greatest amount of healthcare resources.  These patients, often having multiple chronic diseases, often slip through the cracks of the conventional healthcare system and end up usi

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