Oregon Helps Reduce Health Care Costs, and Other Links

Oregon is reinventing the Jeffrey Brenner techniques; maybe they should meet Dr. Brenner.

Can a blood test reveal your life expectancy?

Should Medicare pay for a $3,000 test that allows early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease?

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  1. Cabaret says:

    “Oregon’s health care experiment allows Pearlstein to help Seals and other Medicaid patients much like a family member might… She made sure he had passes for the local community center — so he could shower. Eventually, she helped him negotiate a spot in adult foster care so he now has a roof over his head. They built a rapport and now he trusts her.”

    It requires money to pay Lisa, do you think that is recouped by reduced medical expenses? Is the social benefit worth the reduced profit?

    • August says:

      The results look pretty good, but I’m sure they cherry picked their example.

      “With the intervention of Pearlstein and others, Seals’ ER visits dropped from 15 in 2011 to 4 in 2012. His hospital stays went from 11 to four in the same time period.”

      “Rebecca Ramsey of CareOregon, a nonprofit health plan for Medicare and Medicaid patients says “It doesn’t take very many ED visits and it takes less than one hospital admission avoided, to actually more than pay for the time that Lisa spent with Jeremie.””

  2. Sal says:

    Can a blood test reveal your life expectancy?

    Encouraging study not just for it’s life expectancy prediction but moreover for how it could lead to treatments for age-related illnesses.

  3. Gerald says:

    Yes, Medicare should pay for the test. Alzheimer’s is becoming more and more common.

  4. JD says:

    “And that’s what brought him to the attention of one of Oregon’s new coordinated care organizations (CCOs). As part of the nation’s health care overhaul, Oregon has been given permission to conduct its own experiments. One way it’s trying to reduce Medicaid costs is to encourage people who constantly turn up at the Emergency Department – so-called ‘frequent flyers’ like Seals – to get their health care from regular doctors instead.”

    Many people are being pushed to the ER because of the restrictions of Medicaid. “Frequent-flyers” have to visit the ER because of the ridiculous wait times at regular doctors offices for Medicaid patients. These wait times are a result of the dwindling number of doctors who accept Medicaid patients because of poor reimbursement rates. This is just another case of government trying to fix the problems created by government.

  5. Dewaine says:

    “Can a blood test reveal your life expectancy?”

    That’s crazy, like looking into the future. It would be great if this was commercialized to the point where instead of giving detailed health information it just gives a countdown clock.

    “In 78 hours you will develop diabetes.”

    Then you eat a cookie.

    “Recalculating. Recalculating. In 10 minutes you will develop diabetes.”

    That would be awesome.

    • JD says:

      That would be nerve-racking. I think that it could be pretty stressful knowing the real information, also.

  6. Sammy says:

    “Can a blood test reveal your life expectancy?”

    -Its interesting to see how many people over analyze things such as this.

  7. Devon Herrick says:

    Can a blood test reveal your life expectancy?

    I can see how this could effect life insurance and long term care premiums.