Tag Archives: health affairs

Just Read: In DC, there’s up to a 14 year life expectancy gap between blacks and whites that hasn’t changed in 15 years



The life expectancy of a black male in Washington, DC as of 2009 is the same as a man in North Korea as of 2012. For a white male, the life expectancy is higher than Israel, lower than Switzerland. Sources: World Health Organization; Harper S, MacLehose RF, Kaufman JS. Trends In The Black-White Life Expectancy » » » » on to the full article

In the future, patients and families will help design and govern the health system. We’re from the future.



@KPSanDiego innovates. Dr. Susan Mahler and Dr. Jeff Benabio with Susan’s daughter Patricia, TEDMED, 2013 (View on Flickr.com) A patient on a governance group for workforce Information technology? Yes! For some reason, I haven’t posted about the fact that I am part of the National Quality Forum’s (@NatQualityForum) Patient and Family Engagement Action Team. We » » » » on to the full article

Seeing the future 45 years later at the Brookings Institution: CHF and Payment Reform



When I was at the Brookings Institution ( @BrookingsInst @BrookingsMed )with fellow Permanente physician, cardiologist Priti Sood, MD, for MEDTalk: Treating Congestive Heart Failure and the Role of Payment Reform | Brookings Institution, this quote immediately came to mind: We believe any group of physicians, or a foundation working with physicians, can easily duplicate the » » » » on to the full article

Now Reading: Another way to listen, Video Ethnography



Neuwirth EB, Bellows J, Jackson AH, Price PM. How Kaiser Permanente uses video ethnography of patients for quality improvement, such as in shaping better care transitions. Health affairs (Project Hope). 2012;31(6):1244-50. [Accessed June 6, 2012]. This paper, published by esteemed colleagues at the Kaiser Permanente Care Management Institute, describes results from a program that now » » » » on to the full article

Now Reading: About today’s Health Affairs study, HIT, EHRs, and impact on test ordering



Mccormick D, Bor DH, Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU. Giving Office-Based Physicians Electronic Access To Patients’ Prior Imaging And Lab Results Did Not Deter Ordering Of Tests. Health Affairs. 2012;(March):1-9. This study, being released to the public at the exact same time of this blog post, should generate healthy discussion about whether health information technology, fully » » » » on to the full article

Now Reading: Should physicians disclose conflicts of interest? Should patients?



Iezzoni LI, Rao SR, Desroches CM, Vogeli C, Campbell EG. Survey shows that at least some physicians are not always open or honest with patients. Health affairs (Project Hope). 2012;31(2):383-91. Wolston M. An MS Patient Loses Trust When She Finds Out Her Doctor Is Paid By Drug Companies. Health Affairs. 2011;30(12):2449-2452. These two papers put » » » » on to the full article

Now Reading: Place, not race: disparities dissipate when blacks and whites live under similar conditions



Laveist T, Pollack K, Thorpe R, Fesahazion R, Gaskin D. Place, not race: disparities dissipate in southwest Baltimore when blacks and whites live under similar conditions. Health affairs (Project Hope). 2011;30(10):1880-7. When I was reading about social determinants recently, I came across an error in one of Sir Michael Marmot’s writings, in this JAMA article » » » » on to the full article