John Cawley

John Cawley is a Professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management, and the Department of Economics, at Cornell University, where he co-directs the Institute on Health Economics, Health Behaviors and Disparities.  In addition to his affiliation with Cornell, John is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and a Research Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). 

Baligh Yehia

Dr. Baligh Yehia is the Former Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Community Care at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the nation’s largest integrated health care system caring for over 8.5 million Veterans at 1,700+ sites across the country. As the Former Chief Executive of VA Community Care, Dr. Yehia led VA in its transformational journey to provide Veterans with easy access to personalized care from a robust network of federal and private providers. Committed to improving the patient experience, Dr.

Introducing the Center's New Health Fellow, Dr. Keith Salzman

In light of the ever-increasing demand for health care services due to demographic shifts, technology innovations, and consumer expectations, government plays a critical role in delivering services to a diverse population through a wide range of health-related programs.

The Government Can Drive Effective Implementation of Health Information to Improve Care

In order to benefit from the stimulus investment made in transforming healthcare, the government will need to support industry by incentivizing the effective use of tools and infrastructure that leverage information to improve care delivery. The groundwork in standards and interoperability laid by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) demonstrates that establishing a working infrastructure is challenging, but achievable.

Greater Leverage of Personal Health Records can Drive Better Health Outcomes

Customer interactions model what can be done in healthcare for a number of reasons. White space -- the time that a patient lives life disconnected from the healthcare system -- is significant when many patients see their physician for only a few hours in a year. Because average interaction with the healthcare system is limited, the potential of social media, smart phones and gaming interactions to engage patients in their care and motivate them to improve their own health is significant.

Payment Reform in the Healthcare Industry

Among the topics that I discussed in introducing this blog series was healthcare payment reform. Interestingly, HHS announced last week (Jan 26:) that they are moving their payment model from traditional “fee for service,” seeking to achieve a target level of 30% alternative payment model quality initiatives by 2016 and 50% by 2018. This move has great promise -- however, the change needed to accomplish reduced cost and improved care/outcomes is significant.

Weekly Roundup May 15, 2015

OMB Deputy Director Beth Cobert discusses importance of #SES #leadership to government performance @ombpress. Cybersecurity matters for achievement of agency missions, says @usNISTgov expert Ron Ross. More #procurement #transparency from @usGSA -- supports broader category management initiative.