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Sixty-five quality indicators? Retrospectively attributed patient populations? Risk after the fact? Significant management and financial investment required with uncertain payback?
Today we are releasing our Cover Michigan Survey, 2011. Like last year’s survey, this report looks at what Michigan residents say about their access to health care. Different from last year, this survey was designed to look more in-depth at access, along with health status.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder deserves special notice and acknowledgement for the courage and focus he displayed in his decision not to sign on to the letter signed by all other Republican governors, asking for changes to the Medicaid program and advocating for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
In the New England Journal of Medicine on May 26, 2011, Thomas Smith and Bruce Hillner describe a series of strategies to reduce the cost of spending on cancer care in the United States. The article is compelling, and highlights the reasons health care spending is so difficult to talk about—much less do something about: all five strategies involve changes to attitudes and practice that are both fundamental to making a difference—and extremely difficult to accomplish.