Jan 22, Kim Bellard
We’ve been spending a lot of time these past few years debating healthcare reform. First the Affordable Care Act was debated, passed, implemented, and almost continuously litigated since. Lately, the concept of Medicare For All, or variations on it, has been the hot policy debate. As worthy as these all are, a new study suggests that focusing on them may be missing the point: if we’re not addressing wealth disparities, we’re unlikely to address health disparities. And the kicker is, these wealth disparities are more important than universal coverage.
Jan 21, Anish Koka
Identifying ‘Low Value Testing’ is the holy grail of the health policy community because a more perfect health economy awaits the surgical excision of these warts from medical practice. But research around the issue is more nuanced than many of the conclusions drawn—and the real questions to ask aren’t encompassed in the stories that social policy researchers, hopeful for influence over government bureaucrats, struggling to lower health care costs, will tell. Anish breaks down the research and critiques the problematic assumptions a recent paper makes on low-value testing.
Jan 20, Deven McGraw and Vince Kuraitis
Many have called on policymakers to extend HIPAA to cover apps engaged by patients in an effort to put more data in patients’ hands. In the latest piece of the Health Data Goldilocks Dilemma series, Vince and Deven point out why extending HIPAA is not a viable solution and would potentially undermine the purpose of enhancing patients’ ability to access their data more seamlessly: to give them agency over health information, thereby empowering them to use it and share it to meet their needs.