Saturday, March 5, 2016

Health Care Futurism from a Mainstream Source: Health Affairs

On a normal day, Health Affairs is like a magnifying glass on the health system as-it-is... this is happening in Medicare Part D, that is happening with behavioral health carveouts at commercial insurers, this is happening in Medicaid, here is a study of copayments for patients in bronze plans on federal exchanges.

This month, Health Affairs has a dozen open access articles based on a Yale symposium, "The New Healthcare Industry" here, including video archive; cloud-archived here).    For all the links and titles at Health Affairs, visit here.

I recall back in the 1990s, when I worked in academic medicine, I picked up the journal Health Affairs, saw its policy focused table of contents, such as articles on Medicare, and tossed it as far away as possible.  Through an unexpected chain of events, only five years later I was working for Medicare full time, and then moved into Medicare focused business strategy consulting.

For an apparent example of innovation failure, in October 2013 Harvard Business Review and NEJM announced an important joint series on healthcare innovation (NEJM editorial here, and HBR editorial here), but the consolidated Health Innovation Website that both Op Ed's lead to is now an embarrassing dead link.* (For the Harvard Business School health leadership website, here.)

For my beta release bottom-up white paper on Digital Health: The Impact on Genomics, here.  For an experimental top-down white paper on Digital Health: The Path to High Impact, here.

For Health Affairs, see the industry futurism web page here, and representative included articles are clipped below also.

List Of Posts

Symposium posts include:
Editor’s noteVisit Health Affairs for more on the themes addressed in “The New Health Care Industry” conference and this Health Affairs Blog symposium. 
Notable examples include a recent reporters breakfast, “Health Care Consolidation: What You Need to Know” [full transcript at link]; a Web First package on provider consolidation; an article by Paul Jacobs, Jessica Banthin, and Paul Trachtman on the relationship between insurer competition and premiums in the federally run marketplaces; and an article by Robert Berenson, Paul Ginsburg, and Nicole Kemper [2011] on provider market power in California.
* Some of the Harvard NEJM October 2013 individual articles can be found online even thought the touted website "innovation center" is dead.  See "Why Healthcare is Stuck" by Porter (here), "Getting Real about Health Care Value" by Blumenthal (here),  and "Understanding the Drivers of Patient Experience," (here).   More recently, David Blumenthal and Aneesh Chopra had an article at HBR, "Speeding up the digitization of American healthcare," here. For a consolidated view of the HA futurism articles, here.