From the July/August Issue...
Summer is here and we have articles that are too hot to
handle in print, so we are presenting them exclusively online. Indeed,
the July/August issue of the Journal of Healthcare Management
has more high-quality articles than available space in the print
edition. Fortunately, we have a robust website to provide a timely forum
for all of our content, and we are delighted to give these e-articles
and their accompanying practitioner applications an excellent online
showcase. I encourage you to visit www.ache.org/journals to read them.
The online exclusives include an article by Aaron
Spaulding, PhD, et al. that explores the role of hospitalists in
value-based purchasing programs. Hospitalists have become integral to
the healthcare landscape; the numerous benefits of employing them
include enhanced cost control, better care coordination, and improved
care outcomes. The authors’ analysis finds that many of the benefits
realized from using hospitalists flow from their care coordination
activities. For organizations considering the benefits of value-based
purchasing, there are several useful insights here.
Our second online-only article considers the use of
consumer-directed health plans (CDHPs) in a cost-control strategy. David
William Jordan, PhD, undertakes a sophisticated analysis of how
consumers pick their plans. As is so often the case, there are clear
indications that CDHPs benefit from favorable selection. Although
engaging consumers is necessary in controlling costs, designing health
insurance that cannot be gamed is another challenge.
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