HealthETeams Support

Support
  • Chesapeake Bay Area
  • Virginia Beach, VA
  • 23455
  • (757) 636-1775
PUBLIC PROFILE

Accountable Health-Cost of Care is Key

Posted by Chip Block on May 30, 2017 7:20 AM EDT
Chip Block photo

It's good to see the general media is starting to move the focus from health insurance policy-making to the real focus-accountable health and the cost and quality of healthcare...

and Sunday's issue of The Washington Post National Weekly" featured two very good articles that put spotlights on two important issues-access to lower cost healthcare for emergency health needs and the role of playing in having a happier, healthier wellbeing.

I won't spend much time in this blog giving the specific details of each article other than to suggest the reader takes a minute to go read these articles.  It's so refreshing, and important, to focus more attention to things that drive better health and lower cost healthcare treatment and prevention.  These articles do that in a common sense, non-political style of reporting.

The first one shares inside details of an entrepreneur who has built a business around "mini-hospitals", taking the concept of urgent care a step further and trying to remove traffic from hospital emergency rooms. The article points out some of the deep challenges that this concept faces, but it also reminds of the impact that "mini-Mills" had on the steel industry when companies like NuCor found ways to provide a good enough solution to lower cost steel manufacturing that could transform parts of the steel industry.

The second article describes the great impact that playing and relaxation has on healthier living and prevention.  While this topic may not be a revelation to all, it is nonetheless a reminder that games help create emotional engagement and can have an impact in all sorts of efforts to improve wellbeing in groups of people or in individuals.

Together these articles reminded me once again that there is no silver bullet or panacea to the healthcare crisis.  But there are lots of smaller, easier solutions that can collectively put a dent in a problem that affects every living person on this earth.

There are no comments

Sign in to add your comment.

Recent Posts

Care Giving Groups; The Next Big Thing?
When we think of ways to reduce healthcare costs and improve patient/participant outcomes, we see...
read more
The BIG Health Insurance Gap: Self-employed Baby Boomers
As an employee health benefits consultant, I am always focused on ways to help clients improve the...
read more
Three Musketeers of Healthcare: Buffett, Bezos and Dimon
or, as writer David Lazarus of the Los Angeles Times New Service says in his recent article's...
read more
Roger That! The Role of Team in Individual Excel-lence
The amazing journey of the great Roger Federer continues....
read more
Local Matters for Healthy Lifestyles
A couple of articles in my favorite newspaper yesterday reinforced what we know intuitively about...
read more
Speaking of Hope-Oprah's Great Speech
Oprah Winfrey's Golden Globe awards ceremony acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime...
read more
Powerful Words for the New Year
If you believe that new years can be new beginnings, think about the overwhelming power of words...
read more
Healthy Holiday Season
For many people, the holiday season is simply a big gift-giving bonanza But for others, it's not...
read more
The Gift of H.O.P.E.
During this holiday season, why not consider giving the ultimate gift to everyone you care about,...
read more
How are health and wealth alike?
As a management consultant and employer benefits advisor, I find the parallels between wealth...
read more

Go to blog