Carrot Health Blog

Apr 13

The "Secret Sauce" of Population Health

Across policy and practice, health care appetites are changing.   As reimbursement models shift from volume (of procedures) to value (of health outcomes), providers are expanding their menu of services to initiate broader and earlier interventions for health, to lower costs and to reach across populations.

Health and well-being are valuable societal objectives, and have consequences for our country’s bottom line.  Healthy individuals report experiencing a greater quality of life, and a healthy population contributes to higher rates of economic growth.  Health equity matters, too.  Income and wealth disparities between and among demographic groups result in poorer health outcomes and exert negative effects on individual productivity and on national economic growth and sustainability.

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Mar 29

Trumpian Healthcare Reform: A “Silver Linings” Legislative Playbook

Last Friday was supposed to be the shootout at the healthcare corral where Republican gunslingers were going to take the first major step toward repealing Obamacare. Instead legislators retreated to their offices with no shots fired.

Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the vote on the controversial American Health Care Act (AHCA) as moderate and conservative Republican Representatives pulled their support in droves.

The AHCA is dead for now. May it rest in peace. President Trump tried it Speaker Ryan’s way and supported a healthcare reform bill with a miniscule 17% public approval rating. By contrast and for the first time, a majority of Americans expressed approval for Obamacare.[1]

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Jan 26

Head Upstream for Health

At Katmai National Park, the Alaska brown bears know their existence depends on salmon.  To maximize their chance for survival, the bears head up the Brooks River where the fish are concentrated and efforts to capture them most effective.

Health providers, too, know that as they are increasingly expected to provide value and better health for consumers, their efforts must shift upstream to maximize health outcomes – outside the four walls of the clinic, into the world of the consumer.

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Dec 21

Your ZIP Code Knows More than Your Doctor

Take a minute to look outside your window. Are you surrounded by parks, healthy food stores, and neatly maintained sidewalks … or fast-food restaurants, liquor stores, and bowling alleys?

Your physical environment plays a significant, but undervalued, role in determining your overall health status, quality of life, and longevity. In fact, your zip code is a stronger predictor of your overall health than other factors, including race and genetics.

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Nov 22

Thanksgiving Resolution: Invest in Health, not Health Care

This Thanksgiving Week, as we ponder things to be thankful for, I am starting to build my wish list of resolutions for the New Year.

Here is the first, in the form of an excellent piece from Christianna Silva at FiveThirtyEight: "Why don't food and housing count as health care?"

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Oct 27

Turn Your CHNA into a Source of Competitive Advantage

The odds are good that your nearest healthcare system has conducted a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) sometime within the last few years.

The odds are even better that you haven't read it.

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Oct 04

Surfing the 3 Waves of Digital Healthcare

"Healthcare is the last industry that has not adopted digital technology in any major way to help deliver its services. And it’s becoming challenging for physicians and consumers to actually manage care without those digital tools."

- David Schlanger, CEO, WebMD (2015)

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Sep 12

Back to Basics: 5 Things You Need to Know about Your Healthcare Market

Healthcare is changing - rapidly.

Telemedicine, drug pricing, and hospital system consolidation – it’s enough to make your head spin. When the market gets complicated, sometimes it’s best to go back to basics – to remember what is really important about your market and your healthcare consumers.

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Aug 24

Predictive Modeling is Like ... a Tube of Toothpaste

Forrest Gump famously said that life is like a box of chocolates. He may well be right. But predictive modeling is less a box of chocolates, and more a tube of toothpaste.

In each tube, there is a certain amount of toothpaste available. Think of this toothpaste as information or predictive capability. The same dataset may have varying amounts of "toothpaste" for different predictive purposes ... but let's ignore that for now. For a given investigation, there is only so much information to be squeezed from a dataset.

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Aug 04

Want To Live Longer? Take A Vacation


As we enter the final month of summer, reflect for a moment on the need for -- and benefits of -- time away from work. Here in Minnesota, we are gearing up for a classic family driving/camping vacation –- mountains, forests, caves, lakes, and plenty of good friends. It takes a tremendous amount of work to get everyone out of their natural, electronic habit and into the wild.

Why do we do it?

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