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Sep 25 2010   9:41PM GMT

Improved patient outcome measures

Posted by: RedaChouffani

Health promotion advocates have been for a very long time outlining the importance of healthy lifestyles and how it can reduce our overall healthcare costs.  While hearth disease continues to be the leading cause of death, other risk factors such as obesity are taking center stage.  The growing obesity has everyone encouraging for more actions to help fight this epidemic.  It is common knowledge that being obese or overweight does in fact increase the risk of several chronic diseases ranging from heart disease, diabetes and strokes. 
Many physicians recognize that to ensure improved patient outcome the traditional approach may no longer be appropriate.  It is become more and more difficult to get patients to adopt healthier life style due to the environmental factors (lack of access to full-service grocery stores, increasing costs of healthy foods and the lower cost of unhealthy foods, and lack of access to safe places to play and exercise, lack of wellness programs).

With the recently creation Medicaid/Medicare Incentive programs, wellness programs and measuring improved patient outcomes are becoming more important than ever.  This create a new challenge for physicians as they will may possibly be paid based on improved patient outcomes and not simply for treating the patient for their symptoms.

Some groups have found a creative way.  By creating a new business model that brings under one facility a variety of health providers and establishes several wellness programs, it is a receipt that can enable patients to received care, work with nutritionists, exercise and be monitored to ensure improved health outcome.  This model also enables the the patient to be tracked throughout the treatment plan while ensuring that all care providers at continuously aware of the patients progress.

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Babyboi2u  |   Sep 15, 2011  3:25 PM (GMT)

This is an important discussion that must continue. I believe all the risks factors stated are issues most people of color deal with. It’s important not to forget how healthy outcomes my be the focus of any group or research presented. In the book “Sick” the author describes how people who has lost insurance coverage had to get help from the community. How does Medicare/Medicaid plan to address this issue for families who depend upon these social programs and how they will ultimately affect how clients are serviced. Obesity and high blood pressure are not indirectly responsbile for strokes but they are the precursor to other issues for people who are overweight, obese, and lack of exercise and proper diets.


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