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Embracing ongoing change in hospital quality measurement

by David Betts, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Winston Churchill is credited with saying that “to improve is to change, [but] to be perfect is to change often.” Organizations that hope to navigate uncertainty in health care might wish that the pace of change would slow – or disappear altogether. Unfortunately, neither of those scenarios is likely. If the last nine months are any indication,

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Outcomes measurement in the modern era: A hospital imperative

by Claire Cruse, Health Policy Manager, Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, Deloitte Services LP

The so-called “father of outcomes management” – Ernest Codman – began developing ways to standardize and track patient results in the early 1900s. Dr. Codman pioneered the outcomes movement, using what he called “End Results Cards” to document demographic, diagnosis, and treatment data on each patient he treated.

Today, his legacy lives on in many ways,

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Targeted cancer therapies are the next frontier of treatment, but room to innovate and improve chemotherapy in the mean time

by Doug Beaudoin, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

It is exciting to learn about new discoveries and breakthroughs in cancer treatment. Certainly the research community has made great strides in both prevention and treatment. The field of immunotherapy is striving to make the patient’s immune system fight back against cancer cells. Researchers have found that combining drugs with different targets can have positive results,

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Needed: Next generation strategies around prevention and healthy behaviors

by Doug Beaudoin, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

That smoking or being obese is associated with poor health outcomes is not exactly breaking news. But last week, Health Affairs featured a study that for the first time looks at the extent to which risky behaviors (smoking, having a poor diet, being physically inactive, and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol) collectively impact the health and life expectancy of the US population,

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As Congress pushes for Medicaid change, could a version of Reagan’s grand bargain simplify the program?

by Jim Hardy, Specialist Leader, State Health Transformation Services, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Medicaid is in the eye of a political hurricane – encircled by swirling forces that could dramatically reshape the program. The Republican-led Congress is pushing to roll back the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion and fundamentally change the nature of the program’s state/federal partnership by placing limits on the federal government’s contribution to the program.

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