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Wednesday
Jul232008

Why Not the Best? Results from the National Scorecard on U.S Health System Performance,2008

Prepared for the Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System, the National Scorecard on U.S. Health System Performance, 2008, updates the 2006 Scorecard, the first comprehensive means of measuring and monitoring health care outcomes, quality, access, efficiency, and equity in the United States. The 2008 Scorecard, which presents trends for each dimension of health system performance and for individual indicators, confirms that the U.S. health system continues to fall far short of what is attainable, especially given the resources invested. Across 37 core indicators of performance, the U.S. achieves an overall score of 65 out of a possible 100 when comparing national averages with U.S. and international performance benchmarks. Overall, performance did not improve from 2006 to 2008. Access to health care significantly declined, while health system efficiency remained low.

read_more: http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/publications_show.htm?doc_id=692682
Wednesday
Jul232008

ER patients often don't grasp discharge orders

Patients often fail to fully comprehend the treatment they receive during an emergency department visit or recall instructions for their care after they leave, new research suggests.
More often than not, these patients aren't even aware that they have not understood what transpired or remembered what they were told, the investigators note in their study, published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.
To shed more light on the communication process that occurs in this setting, Dr. Kirsten G. Engel at Northwestern University in Chicago and colleagues interviewed 140 adult English-speaking patients or their primary caregivers after discharge from emergency departments at two teaching hospitals.

read_more: http://www.reuters.com/article/healthNews/idUSCOL25950620080722
Monday
Jul212008

Orange County social services reach out to Vietnamese community

When Planned Parenthood representatives began handing out free condoms during an initial information session with recent Vietnamese immigrants in Orange County last year, a hush fell over the room.

Those who took one quietly whispered, in Vietnamese, that they were for friends. Some called the representative the "candy lady." And the word "condoms" itself seemed embarrassing, so they called the handouts "raincoats."
read_more: http://www.latimes.com/features/health/la-me-health8-2008jul08,0,4541625.story
Monday
Jul212008

Health Care Marketplace | AP/Detroit News Examines Lifetime Health Coverage Caps as Cost of Health Care Rises

 U.S. residents increasingly "are learning that individual caps that seemed large quickly max out" because of the rising costs of health care, the AP/Detroit News reports. As a result, several patient advocacy groups are encouraging insurers to increase the limits, which do not adjust for inflation. In addition, lawmakers are currently considering two bills that would mandate such adjustments, according to the AP/News.

According to a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Research and Educational Trust, 1% of U.S. employer-based single coverage health plans in 2007 set limits on benefits below $1 million. The study also found 22% of single coverage plans set caps from $1 million to less than $2 million.

read_more: http://www.kaisernetwork.org/daily_reports/rep_index.cfm?DR_ID=53278
Monday
Jul212008

A Worrisome Trend in State Health Care Reform

Instead of working to make good coverage available to all residents, Florida and Georgia are leading a new wave of state proposals to push the uninsured and low-income Americans into high deductible and limited benefit health plans. Backed by Newt Gingrich's Center for Health Transformation and playing the tune of John McCain's health care plans, the Florida and Georgia proposals are signs of what's to come from the Right in future state and federal health care debates.

Florida - Coverage in Name Only: With an unfocused eye on the state's 3.8 million uninsured Floridians, lawmakers enacted the Cover Florida Plan ( SB 2534) which, among other things, allows insurers to offer limited benefit health plans called "Consumer Choice Benefit Insurance Plans". Monthly premiums will be capped at $150, but no subsidies will be made available to low-income residents. Coverage will focus on preventive care, office visits, and prescription drugs, but there are no requirements that specialist care or lengthy hospitals stays be covered.

read_more: http://www.progressivestates.org/content/867/states-still-leading-feds-on-minimum-wage#2