- Health Economy, LLC
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
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Testimonial"Linda did a fantastic job on a difficult project. The work had been stop and start, stymied by lack of data. Linda moved things forward, got data from a source we didn’t know about before, and pulled together input from four psychiatrists. Her work was also vetted by academic experts from Harvard. The final education piece was well received. Helping primary care doctors understand anti-psychotic drugs was no small task. "
Jeffrey Barkin MD, DFAPA
Associate Medical Director
Goold Health Systems/An Emdeon Company
2015-03-07T10:50:23+00:00“Linda did a fantastic job on a difficult project. The work had been stop and start, stymied by lack of data. Linda moved things forward, got data from a source we didn’t know about before, and pulled together input from … Continue reading →
Testimonial"Before I worked with Linda, I had a hard time getting data queries to answer my questions or inform my decision-making. Typically I would get a bunch of numbers back, but no explanation. Linda understands the broader context of healthcare, plus she grasps the data details. I can pose my question, and she will come back with informative answers and more.
I am always confident using her work for presentations to legislators, doctors, and stakeholder groups."
Kevin Flanigan, MD, MBA
Sebasticook Valley Primary Care
2015-03-07T10:50:55+00:00“Before I worked with Linda, I had a hard time getting data queries to answer my questions or inform my decision-making. Typically I would get a bunch of numbers back, but no explanation. Linda understands the broader context of healthcare, plus she … Continue reading →
Testimonial"Our project was to organize the data that our health coaches were gathering, and transform it into measures. The goal was to show our clients the real, measurable impact of the coaching services. Linda showed us how to adjust our questions, and gave us new tools to track our results. And it all worked with our existing data tracking systems. It was a great solution for us! "
Pamela Cash, PhD
2015-03-07T10:56:24+00:00“Our project was to organize the data that our health coaches were gathering, and transform it into measures. The goal was to show our clients the real, measurable impact of the coaching services. Linda showed us how to adjust our … Continue reading →
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The classic Maine response to “Waddaya know?” is “Not much. You?” Truth be told: no one knows what really works in medicine. Testing What We Think We Know (New York Times, August 20, 2012) gives recent examples of this phenomenon: … Continue reading
The premise of wellness is that if you are healthy, you will use fewer medical services and take fewer drugs. Getting a whole group of people to be healthy (should) mean spending less on medical care. Lest this seem forehead-thump … Continue reading
The Affordable Care Act did many things to change health insurance and health care. It made one small tweak to employer paid incentives for wellness programs: as of January 1, 2014, employers can offer employees up to 30% of the … Continue reading
I was blessed with the opportunity to work with four psychiatrists to write the article, “Anti-Psychotic Medications in Children and Youth: A Weighty Matter“. The article will be used by the Maine Medical Association’s Academic Detailing program to educate primary … Continue reading
As I wait on the edge of my seat for the Supreme Court ruling, I step back to consider how much more “health” we will have if the individual mandate survives. There is a widespread belief that by getting more … Continue reading
Buried in the “Bonus Matter” chapter of Super Freakonomics (by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner), is a terrific description of the health care cost dilemma. The authors respond to a question about health reform and whether it will … Continue reading
Just as Obama was sworn into office in 2009, the book “Healthcare, Guaranteed” by Ezekiel J. Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D. (Public Affairs Books) was published. Dr. Emanuel is related to Obama’s former chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel. So you might think … Continue reading
As the attorneys argue the merits and flaws of the Affordable Care Act, I am struck by the fundamental question – which has less to do with the Constitution, and more to do with the human tendency to compassion for … Continue reading
Which is the most revealing number about a person’s health? A) Height and weight B) Number of chronic illnesses C) Blood pressure D) Annual salary
Recently, the perils of low Medicaid and Medicare payments have been in the headlines. Hospitals and physicians trot out the cost-shift tale: when Medicaid and Medicare cut their payments, private payers have to pay more to make up the difference. … Continue reading