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April 22, 2016 § Leave a comment

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

Big data and high healthcare utilizers
A post on the blog Health Affairs discusses the impact of big data on serving the needs of so-called “super utilizers.” Models that use “claims-based data, demographics, prior acute care utilization and high-risk conditions or medications” have shown to be successful in predicting cost and utilization patterns. However, the blog says a “hybrid” approach combining analytics, physician insight and guidance from patients could lead to better care.

Medicaid expansion is helping low-income adults
According to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, low-income adults are engaging more with their healthcare because of the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. The report found these individuals “were more likely to see a doctor, stay overnight in a hospital and receive their first diagnoses of diabetes and high cholesterol” where Medicaid was expanded.

Life expectancy and income
A recent study found that, since 2001, life expectancy for the poorest five percent of Americans has increased only slightly since 2001. At the same time, the wealthiest five percent of American men enjoyed a 2.3 year increase in life expectancy, and the wealthiest five percent of American women saw a jump of almost three years. The study also found that poor people live longer in more affluent cities like New York and San Francisco than they do in poorer communities like Detroit.

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