Using Evidence to Improve Population Health

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  • Multi-State Collaborative Hosts Meeting for Payers

    Oct 31, 2017

    It might have been difficult to imagine 10 years ago—commercial and public insurers meeting to compare notes on how to better align payments, measures, and reporting to transform primary care. Yet there they were, at the most recent meeting of the Milbank Memorial Fund’s Multi-State Collaborative (MC) all-payer meeting, held on September 19 in Washington, DC. All of the payers in … Read more

Blog: The View from Here

  • State Health Policy Leadership: More Perspiration than Innovation

    Oct 31, 2017 | Christopher F. Koller, President

    A couple of years ago, a graduate school professor with deep and senior health policy experience at the state and federal levels looked at me with raised eyebrows and asked, “Does state health policy even matter?” He was being provocative, implying that federal policies, large socioeconomic factors, and parochial politics could all swamp the well-intentioned efforts of earnest state-level … Read more

  • Questions for New Single-Payer Advocates

    John E. McDonough

    Seeing, hearing, reading, and feeling the new grassroots ferment among progressive Americans for a single-payer health care system, John McDonough’s gut reaction is: He gets it. As newly documented in Elizabeth Rosenthal’s book, An American Sickness, and the Commonwealth Fund’s report, Mirror, Mirror 2017, the US health care system provides shockingly poor value and outcomes, and rests on a foundation of greed. It deserves fundamental change. Read more

  • Featured Article

    Consumers’ Response to an On-Shelf Nutrition Labelling System in Supermarkets: Evidence to Inform Policy and Practice

    Erin Hobin, Bryan Bollinger, Jocelyn Sacco, Eli Liebman, Lana Vanderlee, Fei Zuo, Laura Rosella, Mary L'Abbé, Heather Manson, David Hammond

    Does nutrition labelling on the grocery store shelf help consumers make healthier food choices? Researchers looked at aggregated supermarket transaction data in three supermarket chains in Ontario and conducted exit interviews with shoppers from both intervention and control supermarkets to assess shoppers’ attitudes toward labelling. They found shoppers made small but significant shifts toward purchasing food with higher nutritional ratings, including foods with slightly less trans fat and sugar and more fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. Read more

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