Public Health


IOM President
Harvey Fineberg

In an article published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine, Harvey V. Fineberg, MD, president of the Institute of Medicine, presented a vision for resolving the pervasive and recalcitrant problems that plague what he “purposefully refers to a ‘health system’ rather than a ‘health care system.'”

But he buried his own personal advice to his colleagues at the far end of the piece. I’ve pulled it up for closer inspection. (more…)

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Re-born NIH Wellness Unit: Clinical-Research Factor?

Steve_Burd_Safeway02In April of 2008 I sat in the audience at the World Health Care Congress here in Washington and listened to Safeway CEO Steve Burd describe the impressive success his company attained by putting behavior-centric wellness programs into place. It was impressive, and I thought that the concept might find quick appeal among other self-insureds.

But I didn’t anticipate that the company’s “Healthy Measures” program would largely define a piece of the Senate’s health reform package. But here it is, referred to by its sponsor, Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) as the “Safeway Amendment.” A good summary of how these approaches have arrived in the reform bill was published today in the Washington Post. (more…)

Letter to Pelosi highlights work of Integrative Practice Advocates

Late Monday night, the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC) announced that 47 members of the House have signed a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, urging her to:

…ensure that any final legislation…reflects certain patient and provider safeguards that currently exist in state law.  These protections include provisions intended to ensure patient choice of provider and (to) prevent discrimination against entire classes of health providers by health insurance plans.

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