Dr. Colin Cooke Highlights Healthcare Reform's Effects on Pulmonary Medicine
Colin Cooke, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, says that hospitals with higher readmission rates that treat patients with acute myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, and pneumonia will be penalized due to healthcare reform. In 2015, chronic obtrusive pulmonary disease (COPD) will be added to the list of conditions measured. However, there is less evidence underlying readmissions in COPD. Dr Cooke notes that more research is needed regarding readmissions in COPD since it will be affected by the Affordable Care Act.
This video was taken on May 19, 2013, at the ATS 2013 International Conference in Philadelphia, PA.
Dennis Scanlon, PhD, professor of health policy and administration at Penn State University, says that it is important to consider what details patients need in order to make informed decisions. For payers, this might include informing consumers about enrollment decisions.
Not every patient responds the same way to the same treatment, yet healthcare is moving toward a system based on population health. How can researchers, health plans, and providers respond? This month in The American Journal of Managed Care, Jennifer S. Graff, PharmD, and co-authors call for an approach that identifies when differences in patient responses are mostly like to matter, and offering greater flexibility when the patient’s health is most at stake.