Dually Noted from around the web

December 14, 2015 § Leave a comment

Articles, commentary, research, and more from the past week

Duals demonstrations are “a step in the right direction”
In an essay on the Huffington Post, the president of VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans discusses the positive impact the nation’s nine duals demonstration projects are having on low-income seniors. He says that “the future of healthcare reform requires integrated care models like these, which encourage independence and active participation.”

An increase in behavioral health emergencies
The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission reports that emergency room visits for behavioral health issues and substance abuse jumped some 24% from 2010 to 2014. For 2014 alone, behavioral health-related concerns made up 7% of all emergency room visits, while overall emergency room visits dropped slightly.

The value of public health spending
According to the American Public Health Association, public health spending is an efficient way to keep people healthy. The group states that public health spending on prevention efforts has been shown to decrease cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer. Overall, the organization says, every $1 spent on prevention saves $5.60 in health spending.

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