ACT.md Blog

How housing influences health: A conversation with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute

By Akshita Singh | May 9, 2019 at 10:59 AM

The high cost of housing is a major public health issue that is affecting every county in the United States. To learn more, ACT.md recently spoke with Marjory Givens, an Associate Scientist with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI) and Deputy Director of Data & Science with the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program, a collaboration between UWPHI and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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Taking AIM at Rising Rates of Maternal Morbidity and Mortality

By Akshita Singh | April 29, 2019 at 3:10 PM

There is exciting innovation happening in maternal and child health care. ACT.md recently spoke with with Jeanne Mahoney, Senior Director, Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM). Here's a summary of our conversation.

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Examining Food Deserts in the US:  Lessons Learned from Philadelphia's Success Story

By Akshita Singh | April 15, 2019 at 3:12 PM

There are multiple social factors that affect a person’s health and life expectancy that are not directly linked to their physical state. These factors are known as the Social Determinants of Health, and they are all taken into consideration in annual rankings of the health of American communities. The Aetna Foundation and U.S. News & World Report recently released its list of the healthiest communities in America. Amongst the many living conditions that qualify as social determinants of health, one of the more critical is access to nutritious food. According to U.S. News, one of the most important determinants of health is easy access to a large grocery store, which can surprisingly have the same health benefits as seeing a physician for a yearly physical.

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Top SDOH Sessions at HIMSS19

By Dan Kamyck | February 12, 2019 at 9:53 AM

This year, we expect the sessions and speakers at HIMSS19 to more closely reflect the healthcare industry's growing emphasis on the social determinants of health. With value-based and managed care models taking hold in more states and systems across the country, these upstream impacts on health outcomes and utilization have come into sharper focus. 

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Reflections and Shout-outs from ONC's 2018 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC

By Amy Vreeland | December 7, 2018 at 5:20 PM

The ONC is the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.  Every year, ONC hosts an Annual Meeting to convene health IT leaders from across the country to discuss the current state of affairs in interoperability, technical standards, and many other topics.  I attended the event as a leader of ACT.md, a cloud-based community care coordination platform, and was pleased to see social determinants of health given such a high priority on the agenda this year.

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People to Follow on Twitter for #CenteringCare18

By Dan Kamyck | December 4, 2018 at 3:10 PM

This week, the National Center for Complex Health & Social Needs hosts their second annual conference, Putting Care at the Center, in Chicago, IL.  This is the only national conference on complex care in America!  With more than 600 people in attendance, this event promises an unparalleled opportunity for leaders and practitioners to exchange ideas.  Follow along on Twitter at #CenteringCare18, and check out this list of nearly 50 people and organizations to follow.

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Telehealth program Project ECHO aims to close gaps in health disparities in rural community cancer centers

By Akshita Singh | November 21, 2018 at 9:15 AM

According to a presentation at the Association of Community Cancer Centers National Oncology Conference, the telehealth program Project ECHO is focused on delivering education and best practices to rural communities. When implemented in community cancer centers, Project ECHO allows for collaboration between primary care and cancer centers using a telehealth model that allows care teams to educate each other, share clinical cases, and cultivate deeper specialist knowledge.

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The 2018 midterms and healthcare: here's what we know

By Dan Kamyck | November 7, 2018 at 1:12 PM

The 2018 midterm elections certainly lived up to the drama they have promised for several months now.  But behind the hype, there are very real consequences for healthcare policy.  Here's a look at the impact of the 2018 midterms on Medicaid, healthcare reform, and social determinants of health.

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New report sounds alarm on health for justice-involved individuals, calls for care coordination between jails and community health orgs

By Akshita Singh | November 2, 2018 at 10:08 AM

Experts say many states are struggling to provide an adequate level of healthcare services for incarcerated and justice-involved individuals. According to David Redemske, principal health planner at the healthcare architecture firm HDR, one reason for this disparity is the simple fact that prisons often have insufficient resources to deliver more efficient, coordinated care. He argues that states need to re-examine the kind of healthcare they are providing their prison populations in order to avoid public health crises once former inmates re-enter society.

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Upside-only MSSP ACOs, unwilling to assume downside financial risk, confront CMS proposed changes for 2019

By Akshita Singh | October 19, 2018 at 5:09 PM

The Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) launched in 2012 and has since grown from 27 ACOs to now 561 covering around 10.5 million beneficiaries in 2018. In August this year, CMS proposed an overhaul to MSSP in order to promote more downside financial risk assumption among ACOs - essentially proposing to give ACOs significantly more financial skin in the game. Perhaps unsurprisingly, ACOs are pushing back.

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