Health Affairs

By Jonah Comstock May 2, 2017
A new report on telemental health in Health Affairs shows that, among rural Medicare beneficiaries, use of telemedicine for mental health is growing quickly but inconsistently across the population. The piece is meant to provide perspectives for legislatures as they consider increasing Medicare coverage of telemedicine. “We found that from 2004 to 2014 there was rapid growth nationwide in...
By Jonah Comstock March 9, 2017
A study published in Health Affairs and conducted by the RAND Corporation made a big splash this week with a bold claim: That telemedicine doesn’t actually reduce healthcare costs because the increased convenience leads to increased utilization, which ultimately costs more than in-person care would have. The study looked at claims data from a cohort of 300,000 employees with access to Teladoc...
By Jeff Lagasse March 7, 2017
For health plans and employers, one of the key attractions of telehealth is the potential savings involved in replacing physician office and emergency department visits with less expensive virtual visits. But new findings published in the journal Health Affairs suggest that telehealth may increase overall healthcare spending by increasing utilization. In fact, in looking at commercial claims data...
By Jonah Comstock March 4, 2015
Healthgrades was one of the ratings looked at in the study. As payors increasingly consider giving patients price transparency tools to compare hospitals, there are also a number of groups looking to provide comparison tools for hospital quality. But a new study in Health Affairs shows that those comparison tools, even from seemingly reputable sources, are wildly inconsistent. "To better...
By Brian Dolan February 4, 2014
Four years ago Congress created a new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation as part of its Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The Innovation Center's purpose was “to test innovative payment and service delivery models to reduce program expenditures... while preserving or enhancing quality of care.” Congress has allotted $10 billion to support the Innovation Center for its first ten...
By Aditi Pai November 5, 2013
Patients may start spending less time in the doctors office as electronic health records and patient-facing medical apps proliferate, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The study, which appears in the journal Health Affairs, looked at health informatics and health services research literature through June 2013 using Medline, the Cochrane Database and...
By Jonah Comstock August 8, 2013
A qualitative study by Weiss Cornell Medical Center found many benefits to digital patient-physician communication. A new qualitative study from Weill Cornell Medical Center, published in Health Affairs, suggests that physician-patient communication by email or a secure patient portal offers significantly more advantages than disadvantages. However, the study authors speculate adoption of...
By Neil Versel March 22, 2013
Omada Health, developer of Prevent, an online and mobile diabetes prevention program, has locked up a $4.7 million, Series A venture financing package. U.S. Venture Partners (USVP) led this round of financing, with the help of the Vertical Group, Founder Collective, NEA, TriplePoint Capital, Kapor Capital and unspecified angel investors, Omada says. The cash infusion will allow Omada to expand...
By Neil Versel August 23, 2012
The U.S. spent $1.3 trillion in 2003 treating people with at least one chronic disease, according to a study in Health Affairs, and the price tag is projected to rise to $4.3 trillion by 2023. Chronic diseases account for about three-quarters of all healthcare spending in this country now, and that number won't be going down anytime soon if we continue on the current trajectory. You haven't read...
By Brian Dolan March 10, 2009
The most recent of the Health Affairs journal just went to print and one paper in the journal discusses the barriers toward personal health record (PHR) adoptions and potential solutions to some of the barriers. Not surprisingly, one potential solution suggested is accessing PHRs via mobile phone.  "It is imperative that these barriers hampering adoption of personal health records be addressed....