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Insurance plans that include only a subset of all hospitals and physicians in a geographic area can be tools for improving health care and controlling costs, La Follette School of Public Affairs Professor David Weimer and two co-authors suggest in an essay published in June in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The suspicion that the federal Affordable Care Act reduces options for patients to choose their health care providers proves to be true, according to a new study co-authored by David Weimer, a professor with the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. However, the quality of hospitals in insurance exchange networks was as good or better than those in commercial insurance networks.
When Jeff Mahlum suffered a spinal cord injury during a diving accident in 2011 that left him paralyzed from the chest down, he had the unfortunate opportunity to learn how confusing and daunting the health care system can be. Having graduated with a major in biology from the UW in 2013, Mahlum decided to use the gap year between undergraduate and medical school to learn more about how he could understand the needs of his future patients. Mahlum, who’s now enrolled at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, discovered patient advocacy and the Center for Patient Partnerships.