"ARTICLE CHALLENGES CONNECTION BETWEEN WEIGHT LOSS & BETTER HEALTH-Linda Bacon, the nutritionist responsible for the development of the Health at Every Size (HAES) approach to healthier weight management, wrote an article…"
"CANADIAN STUDIES SHOULD SHIFT PUBLIC HEALTH'S APPROACH TO OBESITY PREVENTION
In a previous post, I pointed out that public health's emphasis on obesity instead of focussing on health was misguided. These two studies seem to support…"
A University of Alberta study utilized the Edmonton Obesity Staging System (EOSS) and BMI studied 8,143 people who participate in two nutrition surveys conducted in the United States. Reseachers found that individuals classified as Stage 1 or 2 had a substantially lower risk of dying 20 years post survey than those classified as Stage 3 or greater. EOSS describes risk factors (blood pressure, lipid levels, blood glucose) in five stages for obese individuals. Stage 0 indicates the patient is…See More
ACOs have their champions in those who are creatures of the model. An example is a recent article in Health Affairs. How well informed are supporters to promote ACOs as the best organization model. As I understand the model, providers serving less affluent patients are not prepared to thrive in the ACO model. What is being done to prepare providers serving low income populations to benefit from the ACO model?An article in…See More
Controversy continues regarding the impact of prevention on health care costs. I understand that prevention was not properly quantified by the budget analysts assigned to score the health reform measure. Thankfully, in Canada we do not have to condend with as much skepticism. So I was rather taken aback by an article from the Kaiser group. Two (non-physicians of course) were making the case for prevention as a means of addressing health care costs. It is a good try, but the authors do not…See More
Bureaucrats are telling anyone who complains about the ACO regulation, "Take a number." A colleague in a group practice in California described the hysteria as unfounded. The pace of change is fast and raises fears. But California's experience should give some comfort. Also, some groups that should not be too upset are complaining-Kaiser Hospitals for one. Is some of this simply political-giving support to one's kind? "The American Medical Group Association warned this week that proposed…See More
Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are central to health care delivery system redesign under health reform. This group will feature articles, reports, videos, and other sources of information regarding ACOs from a variety of perspectives.
"Last month, I was inivited to speak as part of a panel to a group of MBA students at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. The topic was business ethics, in particular the role of business in maintaining…"
The UK's Association of Public Health Observatories has developed a new tool, The Wellbeing and Resilience Measure (WARM), to quantify assets and vulnerabilities at the community well-being and resilience. The process does not differ a great deal from a number of community profiling tools; however, it is designed to capture a range of social fabric elements that support good health.What is WARM and who is it for?The Wellbeing and Resilience Measure (WARM) is a framework to measurewellbeing…See More
My friends in Maine have been trying to help me understand how many Americans, who are against health reform, do not understand that they are against a law that they can benefit from in the short run. This is the latest try at 'Educating Leona'.I think this is from the Kaiser Health News ServiceSee More
Conversations with my American colleague's this week have been about the difficult road to increasing access to medical services. Although accountable care organization (ACO) regulations are not yet availalbe, there seems to be a cottage industry in providing information concerning their administration, components, and financing. Although care coordination is at the heart of the ACO concept, I've seen very little ink dedicated to the topic until now. One of your health quality agencies has…See More
Patients are snowed under with health information. At the physician's office, diagnostic center, drug store, the gym-health information is everywhere. This makes me wonder why health publications continue to flood the print and cyber marketplace. Raising capital under these market conditions should be difficult, but not an established publication can take a few risks. Time magazine has a rather entertaining approach to delivering health information. Time has also taken the risk of including…See More
Despite an abundance of information about healthy lifestyles and the most advanced medical care in the world, millions of Americans experience needlessly poor health and don’t practice healthy behaviors. For many, the path to a healthy or unhealthy life is influenced by factors largely beyond their control, like the neighborhoods they grew up in, their parents’ income and level of education, and the stress they’ve experienced in their daily lives. .The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) will…See More
"The methodology may not be the same, but below is a link to a community food assessment guide developed by health authority of British Columbia.
"The purpose of the CFAI Community Food Assessment Guide is to provide a planning tool to assist…"