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Creating a Learning Health State in Michigan: Working Together to Change Health Care in our State

Watch the archived event webcast here. The Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation brought together an assembly of stakeholders—patients, clinicians, researchers, public health professionals and payers—in Lansing, Mich., to create an action plan to innovatively and collaboratively tackle challenges affecting the health of the people of Michigan by continuous learning and improvement. Seven “actionable” theme groups met with plans to …

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We must save lives by stopping this silent killer

Co-authors Marianne Udow-Phillips, director of the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation Theodore J. Iwashyna, M.D., Ph.D., Research Scientist, Center for Clinical Management Research, Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs Health System; Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan Today in the United States, more than half of all hospital deaths are from something that most people have never heard of: …

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Obesity in Michigan: What Can We Do?

Editor’s Note: This column appeared in Bridge Magazine. In 1990, 14.1 percent of Michigan’s population was considered obese. Twenty years later, that rate was at 30.3 percent and has stayed fairly constant for the last few years. Michigan is one of the 10 “fattest” states in the country – one of the few northern states in the top 10. This …

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To Improve Mental Health Care in Michigan: The Need for Unprecedented Commitment and Cooperation

Editor’s Note: This column appeared in Bridge Magazine. Soon, many hundreds of thousands of Michigan citizens will be obtaining mental health coverage through the Affordable Care Act—coverage that many have never had before. Our Center wanted to understand what Michiganders might be facing in terms of the need for these services and access to care. To find out, we surveyed …

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The Hunger for Debate: Communication and the Affordable Care Act

On November 4, our Center—along with the Knight-Wallace Fellows at Michigan, Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, and Michigan Radio—held a symposium at the University of Michigan on communication of the Affordable Care Act. The symposium was energetic and the panelists thoughtful. But, what has been most striking to me has been the reaction we have received from those who …

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New Products on the Health Insurance Exchange: What is Old Becomes New

When I was at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, we used to say that you couldn’t sell any products without having all key providers included in them. But, that was at a time when health benefits were considered “fringe benefits,” unions were powerful drivers of benefit designs and employers covered most of the health insurance premium. Times, however, are …

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Explaining the Affordable Care Act

Health care reform is indeed a journey—not a destination. And, judging from all of the requests that our Center is getting to explain the Affordable Care Act, it is probably going to be a journey for a very long time (assuming, of course, that it doesn’t get “defunded”/ delayed/repealed or otherwise stopped in the next few couple of weeks!). So, …

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The Importance of Federally Qualified Health Centers and the ACA

Editor’s Note: This column appeared in Bridge Magazine. About six months after the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed in 2010, our Center hosted a symposium in Ann Arbor on the future of the health care safety net. Sara Rosenbaum, an expert on both the ACA and federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), spoke at the event and her remarks emphasized …

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Patient Engagement and Shared Decision Making: Is This the Moment?

Patient engagement is a hot topic in health care right now. Providers, regulators and health plans are all trying to figure out how to better involve patients in their own medical care. Shared decision making—a concept that grew out of Jack Wennberg’s work on regional variation in the use of health care services—is a tool that fits right into the …

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