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December 8th, 2015

Healthcare Cost Concerns? Overtesting is part of the problem

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

It’s not a new conversation – if you thought back over the last few weeks, you probably could remember at least one healthcare-related chat. Almost as likely, that conversation will have included mention of the cost, time, or other burden that you, or someone you know, have experienced. The cost of healthcare continues to rise. […]

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Tags: Choosing Wisely, healthcare costs, kern center, Optum Labs, OptumLabs, overtesting, Rozalina McCoy, Science of health care delivery, type 2 diabetes


November 17th, 2015

Halting the Cycle

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

Mayo Clinic is Re-Engineering Mental Health Care Delivery An estimated 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. lives with a mental health condition, reports the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Over 24 million of them failed to receive treatment in 2013, and of those who sought treatment, they found a health care system […]

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Tags: Behavioral Health, Emergency Department, Kal Pasupathy, kern center, mental illness, Ronna Campbell, systems engineering, Thomas Hellmich


November 10th, 2015

Building the Evidence Base in Health Care Delivery — Underutilization of Inexpensive Test Could Have Dire Consequences

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

CA 19-9 tumor marker test especially important for early-stage patients, Mayo finds Only 1 in 5 U.S. pancreatic cancer patients receive a widely available, inexpensive blood test at diagnosis that can help predict whether they are likely to have a better or worse outcome than average and guide treatment accordingly, a Mayo Clinic study shows. […]

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Tags: Carlos Puig, Christopher Shubert, David Nagorney, Elizabeth Habermann, John Bergquist, kern center, Mark Truty, Michael Farnell, Michael Kendrick, pancreatic cancer, Rory Smoot, Ryan Groeschl, underutilization


October 20th, 2015

What others are saying…Mayo Clinic and value-based care

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

A collaborative study co-led by breast surgeon Judy Boughey, M.D.; surgical outcomes researcher Elizabeth Habermann, Ph.D.; and pathologist Gary Keeney, M.D.; that was published more than a year ago, is making news again this month. Impact of analysis of frozen-section margin on reoperation rates in women undergoing lumpectomy for breast cancer: Evaluation of the National […]

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Tags: Elizabeth Habermann, Harvard Business Review, HBR, high value health care, kern center, surgical outcomes, value analysis


October 13th, 2015

Simple Shift, Four Numbers, Big Results

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

Jon Ebbert, M.D., is a primary care physician and researcher, and the Minnesota & Midwest Site Director for the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery ___________________________________________________________________ Research published recently by colleagues in the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science […]

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Tags: Big Data, research, value analysis, AHRQ


September 14th, 2015

Human antibody can delay Lou Gehrig’s Disease in two mouse models

By Colette Gallagher colettegallagher

Researchers at Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota have successfully used a single dose of a natural human antibody to delay degeneration of spinal cord neurons in two distinct mouse models of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease). The study, published in Disease Models & Mechanisms, suggests new possible therapies for patients […]

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Tags: ALS, ALS Association, moses rodriguez, multiple sclerosis, neurology


August 11th, 2015

Breathing Easier – New Understanding for Asthma Medication Management

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

  Matthew Rank, M.D. (@MatthewRankMD) is a practicing allergy and asthma  specialist and associate professor of medicine based in Arizona. He is also the director of the Kern Scholars Program in the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery.  ________________________________________________________________________ For those who struggle with asthma, the goal […]

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Tags: asthma, kern center, Matthew Rank, Optum Labs, research, Science of health care delivery


July 23rd, 2015

AcademyHealth 2015 – A Strong Showing for Mayo, Advancement of the Evidence Base for Health Care Delivery

By Jon Ebbert, M.D. jonebbertmd

The AcademyHealth 2015 Annual Research Meeting (ARM) provided a high-profile forum for the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery (CSHCD) to showcase the diverse, high quality research conducted by center affiliated research teams. Mayo Clinic was well-represented, with 27 poster abstract authors, five oral presentations, […]

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Tags: AcademyHealth, kern center, research jobs


July 21st, 2015

Data Accuracy and Integrity – Without Which We Have Nothing

By Jon Ebbert, M.D. jonebbertmd

“The cornerstone of our ability to make robust inference and sound clinical decisions is the assumption of the validity, accuracy and representativeness of medical research data.” So says Véronique Roger, M.D., Director, Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, and in her July editorial in the […]

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Tags: Big Data, kern center, Science of health care delivery, Veronique Roger


July 15th, 2015

Mayo Uses Regenerative Medicine to Contribute to Mitochondrial Disease Repair

By Bob Nellis bobnellis

Mitochondrial disease has been one of the toughest conditions in medicine. It primarily impacts children inheriting the condition, leaving few if any treatment options. Today, a collaborative group of researchers — including those from Mayo Clinic’s Center for Regenerative Medicine, report they have found a way to eliminate the fatal mutations the inherited DNA leaves in cells. The […]

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Tags: Center for Regenerative Medicine, mayo clinic, mitochondrial disease, nature


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