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Medical Assistants the Critical Link to Treat and Reduce Obesity within the Patient-Centered Medical

In 2014, the Affordable Care Act will require payors to cover treatment of obesity. Medicaid wants a cost-effective approach to provide this intensive intervention, and offices require adequate reimbursement for these services. If Medicaid follows the Medicare reimbursement rate, it is not financially viable for physicians to be the interventionists. Medical offices in California typically have medical assistants, who ...more »

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Bridging the Gap Between Healthcare and the Community

Social determinants massively impact care; yet a lack of tools to manage these psychosocial needs widens the gap between healthcare and positive health outcomes. We see a healthcare system where assessing psychosocial needs is critical to sustainability. In the waiting room, patients take our web-based screening tool; we use that data to refer patients to available resources to address their social needs. Personalized ...more »

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No Needless Pain

Pain of any kind is an insidious problem with implications far beyond physical impact. We don’t think experiencing pain without relief is acceptable, especially for our children. The nature and experience of pain is not universal, nor are the characteristics of each child and family. That’s why varied and comprehensive expertise is paramount. We were one of the first pediatric hospitals to recognize the need for better ...more »

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Reduce Payment Variation, Increase Value and Save Big Money

Problem: Payment variation is paying different amounts to the same providers for identical services. Intentional and unintentional healthcare payment variation occurs across all public and private payment systems. Payment variation: blocks actionable price transparency, prevents value purchasing, misleads consumers and thwarts payment reform. It creates market distorting incentives that may contribute 30% in indefensible ...more »

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A Good Enough Public-Pay EHR System

Problem: With no ready access to their health records, 117M Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries cannot share their medical history with the million physicians, dentists and pharmacists who might potentially serve them. If records were available experts’ estimate $13B in annual savings. Solution: The Beneficiary Health Information Program (BHIP©) is a web-based, scalable Electronic Health Records system offering ...more »

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A Force Multiplier Model for childrens mental health treatment

Imagine one licensed psychologist supervising a group of 30 mental health professionals. Three with Masters degrees, who in turn each supervise nine with Bachelors degrees. The people with Bachelors degrees are recent college graduates. They go into the homes, schools and communities of the children they are helping. They prevent the children from doing things that would make their situation worsen. They show parents ...more »

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True, universal health care is possible in the U.S.: "Medicare" for All

Take America’s Medicare program and extend it to everyone – from birth to death, everybody in, nobody out. Expand the benefits to serve all ages. Care continues to be delivered privately; it’s simply paid for by a progressive tax system. Encourage the formation of integrated delivery systems that focus on continuity of care at the individual level and population health in the aggregate. End Medicaid. End employer-based ...more »

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