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Trumpian Healthcare Reform: A “Silver Linings” Legislative Playbook

Last Friday was supposed to be the shootout at the healthcare corral where Republican gunslingers were going to take the first major step toward repealing Obamacare. Instead legislators retreated to their offices with no shots fired. Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the vote on the controversial American Health Care Act (AHCA) as moderate and conservative Republican…

Head Upstream for Health

At Katmai National Park, the Alaska brown bears know their existence depends on salmon.  To maximize their chance for survival, the bears head up the Brooks River where the fish are concentrated and efforts to capture them most effective. Health providers, too, know that as they are increasingly expected to provide value and better health for consumers, their efforts must…

Your ZIP Code Knows More than Your Doctor

Take a minute to look outside your window. Are you surrounded by parks, healthy food stores, and neatly maintained sidewalks … or fast-food restaurants, liquor stores, and bowling alleys? Your physical environment plays a significant, but undervalued, role in determining your overall health status, quality of life, and longevity. In fact, your zip code is a…

Thanksgiving Resolution: Invest in Health, not Health Care

This Thanksgiving Week, as we ponder things to be thankful for, I am starting to build my wish list of resolutions for the New Year. Here is the first, in the form of an excellent piece from Christianna Silva at FiveThirtyEight: “Why don’t food and housing count as health care?” The United States spends twice as…

Turn Your CHNA into a Source of Competitive Advantage

The odds are good that your nearest healthcare system has conducted a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) sometime within the last few years. The odds are even better that you haven’t read it. A mandate created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2013, the CHNA is a report that provides a systematic mapping of the health…