Researchers found that disparities for heart attack survival rates in U.S. hospitals were largely unexplainable, with known factors such as location and the socioeconomic status of patients accounting for only 17% of the gap. The study underscores the need to identify more direct measures of quality to explain hospital gaps, as well as to understand aspects such as organizational culture and teamwork among staff, researchers said.
Physician payment reform is gaining traction because more experts believe quality of care improvements will not happen without fundamentally changing how doctors are reimbursed. Physicians have a big effect on quality and cost of care, but experts said performance measures and public reporting are not enough to generate the improvements needed in the health system.
The new mantra for many food makers appears to be simple products and simple messaging. In recent years, there has been a move to use fewer ingredients and fewer claims regarding food and beverage products, according to this article. "This is a response to consumers increasingly shifting their nutritional health/wellness focus toward 'natural,' 'real' and additive-free foods," the article states.
AHIP President Karen Ignagni also discussed the proposal in a Newsmaker session with USA TODAY. "This is a major step, and it changes everything about how the market works," she said. Read a live blog of the session.