Low-value care is wasteful and challenging to health. Services with little or no clinical benefit, or when the risk of harm outweighs the benefit of the service, are known as “low-value”. An ongoing focus in health care involves attempts at reducing costs due to the complexities of “low-value care”. In 2013, the IOM estimated the US … More What To Know About “Low-Value” Care And The High Value of Eye Examination
A new NPR article reporting on diabetes and public health offers the perfect opportunity to revisit important issues relative to health and screening. The study lead by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Boomberg School of Public Health (Disclosure: I’m a proud JHSPH alum & former Hopkins faculty/medical staff) analyzed how estimates were calculated differently between epidemiological … More “They Relied on A Single Test Result”
The news is consistent for women who still remain at higher risk for many eye and vision-related diseases and conditions. Today’s AOA First Look reports on findings related to ocular surface disease and dry eye. Add this into earlier data that includes chronic vision impairment, and it warrants revisiting a post from earlier this year… … More Women’s Eye Health Remains At Higher Risk
“In the Year 2525” was a Billboard #1 hit song in 1969, just four years after HR 6675 – a.k.a. the Medicare Act – was signed into law by President Johnson. In the year 2017, a recent JAMA editorial argues for consideration of ‘Medicare coverage of vision, dental and hearing services under Medicare’. Attention should be … More L♪♫♬”In the Year 2525, If Man is Still Alive, If Woman Can Survive…”♪♫, How Will Eye Care Be Perceived?
If you’ve wondered how quality clinical guidelines improve health and why they are so valued, this infographic is for you! (Note: Flash is needed for interactive graphics). An important part of my professional advocacy, health services research experience, and AOA service rolled into an infographic – one of the most concise I’ve seen detailing the … More How and Why Trustworthy Clinical Practice Guidelines Improve Health Care Quality and Patient Outcomes
I’ve been asked by colleagues more than once about the value of health care policy and its analysis, both from a broad perspective and on a more personal level. Just this week I opened my mail to find a recent Letter to the Editor of OT by colleague Greg Wolfe, OD, MPH from Tennessee: It references … More The Right Information At the Right Time
Another AOA Optometry’s Meeting in DC is a wrap! A week of little sleep, nonstop action, refueling with great frends, and taking care of the business of our profession. #OM2017 included two days on the Hill, AOA+ kickoff for new grads, and over 2300 students joining future colleagues for education, committee work, and … More A Special #OM2017 for the History Books