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What We’re Reading - June 6th, 2014

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (HMPRG)
June 6, 2014
A rundown of the articles and stories that caught our eye this week:

Cook County releases first snapshot of new Medicaid patients
“The data, shared with the Tribune by Cook County Health and Hospitals System, cover enrollees from when CountyCare launched in early 2013 through April 2014. And they reveal the deep challenge that the state, hospitals and insurance networks face to help many of these patients get their health under control and, in turn, hold down costs.”
Chicago Tribune, June 2, 2014

What climate change means to Chicago
“Climate change is not only about the loss of glaciers: it's also about human health. Carbon pollution from human activities is impacting food security, water resources and the occurrence of disease. Climate change in our part of the world is about more than just a few uncomfortably hot days.”
The Daily Herald, May 13, 2014

What’s In A Name? Global Warming vs Climate Change
“We found that the term "global warming" is associated with greater public understanding, emotional engagement, and support for personal and national action than the term "climate change.”
Yale Project of Climate Change Communication

Redesigning Care For Patients At Increased Hospitalization Risk: The Comprehensive Care Physician Model
“Successful health reform requires innovative care models that can improve outcomes and lower costs. Patient-centered medical homes emphasize the role of the physician as the director of a team approach to care. However, the failure of many care coordination models to reduce total costs of care provides a cautionary tale. In this context, the potential of the Comprehensive Care Physician model to improve coordination of inpatient and outpatient care of high-cost patients at lower cost deserves careful study.”
Health Affairs, May 2014

Take This Apartment and Call Me in the Morning
“Supportive housing is more than just a place to live. [It] has social workers, security, a doctor, and even an event planner. The goal is to provide safe, secure housing for people who were once homeless, while also reducing the overall costs of expensive emergency room visits and other services utilized by people who are chronically homeless.”
WNYC News, June 4, 2014

The 4 biggest reasons why inequality is bad for society
“The great inequality of income and wealth in the world, and within the United States, is deeply troubling. It seems, even to many of us who benefit from this inequality, that something should be done to reduce or eliminate it. But why should we think this? What are the strongest reasons for trying to bring about greater equality of income and wealth?”, June 3, 2014