In this September issue of HFMA’s Cost Effectiveness of Health Report, sponsored by Kaufman, Hall & Associates, LLC, an innovator describes a practical solution for addressing the daunting problem our nation faces around the unhealthy eating due to social determinants of health. Also included is an update of an expert-reviewed feature that described a value-focused health system merger in the Pacific Northwest.
How healthy food incentives can help solve our nation’s problem with unhealthy eating
By Eric C. Reese, PhD
To help patients dealing with a lack of access to healthy foods, healthcare organizations should consider partnering with an organization that can help them provide these patients with the means for purchasing healthy food using technology such as swipe cards or mobile e-vouchers. The ability to track such purchases can allow a provider to more effectively work with these patients to address dietary issues, says Sam Jonas of Snap2Save, a developer of this approach.
Restoring trust in healthcare
Patients’ diminished trust in healthcare affects engagement with preventive care and adherence to treatment plans, among other issues. This new installment of HFMA’s Healthcare 2030 series explores how providers can restore patients' confidence in the system.
Healthcare organizations need a better way to measure ROI of health equity investments
By Richard Jackson, Yi-Ling Lin and Munzoor Shaikh
Healthcare organizations’ investments in health equity can deliver a meaningful ROI, but identifying the financial benefits of such investments requires an expanded framework for analysis beyond criteria used in a standard ROI analysis.
Why evaluating skilled nursing options is important in an evolving post-acute landscape
Sponsored by Kaufman Hall
By Courtney Midanek and Chris Peltola
The post-acute care landscape is changing quickly, and skilled nursing facilities are changing with it. Health systems have numerous options to engage in this evolving landscape, and numerous factors to consider in determining the best option.
Pizza, productivity and healthcare
By David W. Johnson
The skyrocketing inflation of healthcare costs over the past decades has considerably reduced the value of healthcare in our country, and waste is largely at the root of the problem. A focus on eliminating healthcare waste is logically needed to foster a better, more productive life for all Americans,
New IDS merger aims to improve value and access for its communities
By Tom Kruse, Robert A. Dickinson, Steve Weylandt and Alan Trimakas
A case study of a merger of two health systems in the Pacific Northwest exemplifies a shift in focus among health system mergers toward creating transformative partnerships aimed at improving value and overall cost effectiveness. The authors recount steps that the new merged integrated delivery system (IDS) has taken to realize the merger’s primary goals.