Nov 7, Taylor Christensen
Getting people the information and incentives necessary to choose higher-value providers and insurers is the solution to improving value in healthcare. But, people say we’ve tried that and it doesn’t work, and current efforts are a waste of time! The thing is, while studies of price comparison tools ostensibly show little impact, if you look closer at the data it seems they ARE making an impact. Instead of making the jump from “price transparency doesn’t work right now” to “price transparency will never work,” let’s take a more constructive approach and actually understand what’s interfering with people shopping for care so we can fix it.
Nov 6, Hans Duvefelt
Guidelines, checklists and protocols only go so far when you are treating real people with diverse constitutions for multiple problems under a variety of circumstances. The power of knowing exceptions to the common rules in enough detail to naturally be able to reference them is what makes a doctor a “docere”, a true learned professional. Only experience and in-depth knowledge empower you with an appreciation for nuances. Not just that, but patients also trust you more if you show that you know a lot about why you’re recommending a certain intervention. And that is not a trivial consideration.
Nov 5, Chaun Powell and Soumi Saha
Say the word “shortage” to a healthcare professional and chances are the first thing that will come to mind is drug shortages. With good reason, too – but as device shortage impacts become more prevalent and more profound, we must work together between the public and private sector to find more effective means of disruption prediction, prevention and mitigation. This week, the FDA is hosting a panel to hear from stakeholders on the risks associated with facility shutdowns and potential action steps. Navigating these shortages will require a sustainable, multifaceted and proactive approach.