The FEHBlog also ran across a couple of upbeat stories --
- For the past forty years, health care providers in Franklin County, Maine, a rural area, have undertaken a proactive effort to encourage better heart health, e.g., smoking cessation, weight control, blood pressure control, exercise, etc., and by golly a study indicates that the effort paid off in materially lower levels of heart disease and longer lives according to the Medpage report.
- Fierce Healthcare reports that Massachusetts hospitals, doctors, and health plans are successfully collaborating to lower administrative costs. This is similar to the work that CAQH does on a nationwide basis. Cooperation is good.