Health Wonk Review #25

Welcome to the Silver Edition of Health Wonk Review, celebrating HWR’s 25th bi-weekly installment.  No need to wait for the 50th installment to celebrate; in the words of the immortal bard, "All that glitters is not gold."  To quote another poet: All that is gold does not glitter,Not all those who wander are lost;The old […]

Commonwealth Fund report on strategies for slowing health expenditure growth

There was a brief flurry of debate over the past couple weeks concerning the Bush health plan, though that seems to have died down for the moment.  For a taste of the debate, check out the comment marathon following Matthew Holt’s post on the Bush health care "plan" in the State of the Union address […]

GAO says HHS is on the road to a coordinated privacy policy, but not there yet

GAO testimony before a Senate subcommittee yesterday provides a concise overview of the past few years’ developments in the realms of privacy and interoperability as they relate to HIT — both in terms of regulations and the superstructure necessary to implement them. HHS believes that it is further down the road to developing an integrated […]

Value-driven health care: Premier HQID demonstration yields improved performance, HSAs may as well — but there's a limit to these things

CMS recently released year-end results from its "groundbreaking" CMS – Premier Hospital Quality Improvement Demonstration. Participants in the Premier Hospital Quality Improvement Demonstration reported significant improvement in quality of care across five clinical focus areas measured by more than 30 nationally standardized and widely accepted quality indicators. The average improvement in the project’s second year […]

EHR: cost or benefit?

Today’s edition of Modern Healthcare’s Health IT Strategist reports:  Two influential economists yesterday told federal lawmakers that the widespread implementation of e-prescribing tools and electronic health records may only have a marginal effect on savings — and could conversely result in increased costs. Robert Reischauer, president of the Urban Institute, and Eugene Steuerle, a senior […]