1. LAN Webinar on APM Framework White Paper, click here to register for the webinar.
2. LA Times: The Myth of ‘Consumer-Driven Healthcare,’ click here to view the article.
3. Now That ACOs Are Engaged, What About Those Patients?, click here to view the article.
4. Improving the Patient Experience by Working Together, click here to view the blog post.
5. Medical Journal Articles, see details below.
6. Upcoming Events and Webinars, see details below.
7. AHRQ Effective Program Updates, see details below.
Join the Healthcare Payment Learning and Action Network (LAN) for a webinar in the New Year on Tuesday, January 12, from 12 - 1:30 pm EST, when the APM Framework and Progress Tracking (APM FPT) Work Group shares the final APM Framework White Paper. During this webinar Sam Nussbaum, APM FPT Work Group Chair, will summarize the comments received on the paper and provide an overview of how they were incorporated. The webinar will also feature case studies that exemplify categories in the APM Framework. This webinar will be an opportunity to hear directly from Work Group members as they present the final White Paper. Click here to register for the webinar.
2. LA Times: The Myth of ‘Consumer-Driven Healthcare’
As Michael Hiltzik wrote last week in the Los Angeles Times, “Among the holy grails of would-be healthcare reformers, the holiest and grailiest quest is for the ‘empowered consumer.’ … But is it practical? More to the point: Is there indisputable evidence that giving consumers more power over their healthcare choices, say by asking them to pay a larger share out-of-pocket for treatments, leads to better consumer choices and better health?... To begin with, true consumer-driven healthcare requires three things. These are: information about the prices charged by competing providers for given treatments; reliable data about the outcomes of medical options for treating any given condition or syndrome; and consumers who are inclined or able to base their healthcare decisions on the first two factors… ‘Simply calling a patient a consumer doesn’t make buying healthcare like buying cars,’ healthcare economist Amitabh Chandra of Harvard acknowledged recently in Forbes. ‘In healthcare, the consumer (i.e. the patient) is sick, tired, confused, distracted—they want their doctor or their insurer to help them manage the health-care that they need.’” Click here to view the article.
3. Now That ACOs Are Engaged, What About Those Patients?
Mary K. Caffrey reports in The American Journal of Managed Care, “If poor adherence contributes to bad outcomes, then it follows that poor medication management drives up healthcare costs. Kristina Lunner, senior director of Leavitt Partners, presented results from a research project with the National Pharmaceutical Council that showed just how big this problem is: problems in pharmacy management are responsible for 31% of all adverse hospital events and $11.2 billion in costs, with this number set to reach $19 billion by 2024.” Click here to view the article.
4. Improving the Patient Experience by Working Together
Dr. James Rawson, MD, FACR, of the American College of Radiology comments on The PCORI Blog, “For ideas about patient engagement, I also looked to PCORI, which holds that the path to patient-centeredness in research is through involving patients and other healthcare stakeholders throughout the research process. I had the honor of participating in some of the institute's early planning sessions. There, patients and other stakeholders described healthcare needs and the questions most important to them. PCORI leadership listened and asked questions, and then listened some more. Everyone was at the table: patients, caregivers, researchers, methodologists, physicians, nurses, hospital administrators, managers. What emerged was a research road map unlike any other.” Click here to view the blog post.
5. Medical Journal Articles
Bigger, Faster, Cheaper: Is it Time to Reconsider Clinical Trial Strategies?, click here to view.
The Struggle Between Oncology Care Cost and Value, click here to view.
Databases as Vehicles for Comparative Effectiveness Research, click here to view. Editorial: Health Technology Assessment as a Priority-Setting Tool for Universal Health Coverage: The Call for Global Action at the Prince Mahidol Award Conference 2016, click here to view. Viewpoint: Payer and Policy Maker Steps to Support Value-Based Pricing for Drugs, click here to view.
6. Upcoming Events and Webinars
PCORI Physician Roundtable January 12, 2016, 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM Click here for details.
PCORI Advisory Panel on Patient Engagement Winter 2016 Meeting January 25 - 26, 2016
Click here for details.
World Congress Summit on Evidence and Value February 2 - 3, 2016, Philadelphia, PAClick here for details.
Webinar: How PCORI Is Changing Healthcare March 17, 2016 Click here for details.
7. AHRQ Effective Program Updates
Patient Safety in Ambulatory Settings, click here to comment by December 30.
Telehealth: An Evidence Map for Decisionmaking, click here to comment by January 5.
Management and Outcomes of Binge-Eating Disorder, click here to view the final report.
Health Information Exchange, click here to view the final report.
Diagnosis of Right Lower Quadrant Pain and Suspected Acute Appendicitis, click here to view the final report.
Nonpharmacological Versus Pharmacological Treatments for Adult Patients With Major Depressive Disorder, click here to view the final report.
First and Second Generation Antipsychotics for Children and Young Adults-Comparative Effectiveness Review Update, click here to view the research protocol.