Link Round Up: Apr 9 – 15

Link Round Up: Apr 9 – 15

By William JA Pinnock

This week’s Link Round Up features news. But not just any news….health news!  We’ve got articles about the health of Oregon, transgender healthcare, and Accountable Care Organizations in Massachusetts.

Oregon. Landscapes of green crisscrossed by hiking trails, mountains jutting out of the earth capped with untouched white snow, snaking rivers with names like Columbia, Williamette, Deschutes, and McKenzie, and who can forget the beautiful farmland where hazelnuts, hops, wheat, pears, grapes, and a variety of other crops bask in the sunshine. These are the images we have of Oregon and with good reason, it is a beautiful state. But let’s take a trip from the stereotypical landscaped view of Oregon to the more local level, let’s say, county by county and instead of looking at the landscape, let’s look at…..health outcomes. This is what a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation did and what did they find? Here’s a taste: the numbers broadly show “that people who live in southern Oregon tend to live shorter lives and have a lower quality of life…”. Also “Oregonians in Multnomah County are around 30 percent more likely to die prematurely than those who live in rural Grant county…” Fascinating right? Read more about the results from the study here.

Johns Hopkins Hospital is looking to become a trailblazer in the transgender healthcare community. The hospital is opening the Johns Hopkins Center for Transgender Health, reviving a vital need that “was missing for nearly 40 years.” The center is set to open this summer. Read more about Johns Hopkins Center for Transgender Health here.

This article is a few weeks old, but the information is still incredibly relevant. Recently, the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation’s new program “Health Equity Roundtable” sought information on the state of transgender healthcare in Massachusetts. What they found is that there is a lot of work to do in improving transgender healthcare. Read about the results of the roundtable here.

Massachusetts is about to start a new program they are hoping is going to improve healthcare delivery for MassHealth recipients. That program: Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) – “risk sharing partnerships between doctors, hospitals and insurers.” The goal will be improve the coordination between physicians, improve healthcare for patients, and to cut down the cost of healthcare in the state. Read more about Massachusetts foray into ACO’s here.