Designing a Smarter Patient: The Hidden Influences That Sway Our Medical Decisions

 

The following is from a September 24, 2011 Wall Street Journal Article:

“I’m comfortable with that,” or “No, it wouldn’t be comfortable for me.”

That’s what our patients often tell us when faced with a choice about taking a medication or undergoing a procedure. And the discussion usually stops there.

But what makes someone comfortable or uncomfortable with one treatment or another, or with no treatment at all? Where do these views come from? And how can patients make better decisions?

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Turned Away for Healthcare: Companies Routinely Deny 20%

The following information was in a USA Today article on September 12, 2011:

Kaiser Health News reports that denial rates routinely exceed 20%. The data provides fresh evidence of the challenges facing people buying individual policies. Denial rates can vary widely within states. In Georgia for example Aetna’s denial rate is 15% compared with 47% for Kaiser Permanente and 67%for John Alden Life Insurance.

Two companies consistently had the highest denial rates- John Alden Life Insurance and Time Insurance, both owned by ...

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APCD Final Rule Hearing

The Colorado All Payer Claims Database continues to move ahead towards implementation. Next week, the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing will hold its final hearing about the draft data submission rules. These rules describe how data will be submitted to the APCD and how the data may be used, as described in HB-1330. Most importantly, these rules provide the timeframes for data to flow into the APCD.

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Center for Improving Value in Health Care

The Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC) is a public-private entity created to identify and advance initiatives across Colorado that enhance consumers’ health care experiences, contain costs and improve the health of Coloradans by creating an efficient, high quality and transparent health care system.

CIVHC is the only organization in the state that brings together a diverse constituency of consumers, providers, payers, businesses and policy makers to work together to improve value across the entire health care system. This ...

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USA Today article: How to improve your care

“Medical care, especially in hospitals, poses serious risks. The number from recent studies have shocked even public health experts. About 9 million people each year are harmed by Hospital care, including 2 million who get an infection during a hospital stay. Among medicare patients, medical errors and infections cause or contribute to 180,000 deaths per
year.”

Steven Findlay
Senior Health Policy Analyst
Consumers Union, non-profit
Publisher of Consumer Reports Magazine
excerpt from USA Today, Wednesday, March 23, ...

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U.S. Psyche Bedevils Health Effort

I hate the health-care system — but don’t you dare mess with it.

That’s a pretty apt summary of the American mind-set about health care — and not just now, but for decades. Something about health care calls forth from the national psyche a deep, almost inexplicable schizophrenia, as the latest, delayed effort to “reform” health care is showing President Barack Obama and the rest of Washington.

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