Link Round Up: Sept 25 – Oct 1

Link Round Up: Sept 25 – Oct 1

By William JA Pinnock

What a week here at Community Research Laboratory! First, we had an article from Heather Angier and Jennifer DeVoe out of OHSU and OCHIN, then we updated some sections of the website (thanks MJ for your assistance!), and now we have a fully packed, detail rich Link Round Up! I would give you a preview of the articles, but after a week like this, I think I’m just going to take a nap.

A new study published in the American Journal of Public Health recently found that, on average, CHCs save Medicaid patients $2,371 as compared to other providers. The research was performed out of the University of Chicago with analysis examining Medicaid claims data for 13 states. Read more about the study here.

In an effort to improve healthcare in Portland, six area health groups have teamed up and contributed $21.5 million to build housing for the homeless. OHSU, Adventist Health Portland, CareOregon, Kaiser Permanente Northwest, Legacy Health and Providence Health & Services are contributing funds to help build three new complexes: Eastside Health Center, Stark Street Apartments, and Interstate Apartments. Read more about the project here.

Population health: it’s a big deal. But improving care and controlling costs can be difficult and on this new frontier of healthcare, the answer is not always clear. So, athenahealth brought together 79 executives and 72 accountable care organizations, health systems, provider organizations and consulting firms to have a frank and honest discussion about population health and the challenges, successes, and what the future looks like. Read about this discussion here.

When you think of Hawaii you picture beautiful beaches, lush jungles, friendly people, and some of the best coffee in the world. But, did you know that there are serious issues happening in the medical community in Hawaii? Doctor shortages, diagnostic coding shifts causing confusion, shifts in Medicare reimbursement, and a population projected to live shorter and less healthier lives then the previous generation. But, there are ways to fix these issues and this fascinating in-depth article from Honolulu Magazine covers the good, the bad, and the future.