Perspectives on the Acute Care Continuum

The Acute Care Continuum is the integration of urgent, emergent, inpatient and post-discharge care of patients with acute medical conditions.

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Federally Qualified Health Centers provide a safety net for the underserved. In today's post, we'll discuss how FHQCs can strengthen the Acute Care Continuum, plus the role they play in population health management. Read More...
10/8/2015 3:39:01 PM | 2 comments

As the ACA was assembled, the conventional wisdom was that expanding access to health coverage and primary care would empty ‘expensive’ EDs. That is, until Kaiser Permanente (KP) demonstrated that its EDs were the best place to lower the cost of caring for the most expensive population of all: seniors in its Medicare Advantage program.   Read More...
9/10/2015 6:06:34 PM | 3 comments

The Supreme Court's decision in King v. Burwell preserves insurance subsidies for an estimated 6.4 million Americans in 34 states. But while a victory for those who could not otherwise obtain insurance, it's just one more step down the very long road our industry needs to walk as we redesign healthcare delivery. Read More...
7/21/2015 11:29:18 AM | 3 comments

There's something about the coming shift toward population health management that unnerves even the most seasoned healthcare veterans. But there's also reason for guarded optimism — and a chance to affect the course of history for the better. Read More...
5/14/2015 11:45:06 AM | 2 comments

Last month, California state senators introduced a bill that would end personal exemptions to the state's vaccination program. If the law passes, California will have some of the strictest vaccination laws in the country, allowing exemptions solely for medical reasons.
 
Vaccination is, of course, an incredibly emotional topic that raises questions about individual liberty on one hand and public health on the other. Citizens have been resisting mandatory vaccination since Britain passed the first such laws in the 1850s. In recent years, celebrities like Jenny McCarthy, Jim Carrey, and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. have publicly questioned the safety of vaccines and asserted that parents should have the right to refuse them. And while none of them are scientists, their views have stoked the public’s paranoia. Read More...
3/10/2015 4:53:49 AM | 3 comments
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