Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, Jenny Gold reports on a commentary on the future of ACOs: "Accountable care organizations are widely touted as one of the most effective cost-containing measures of the 2010 federal health law. Yet they have a great deal in common with the integrated delivery networks of the 1990s, leaving some wondering whether the bold experiment might come to the same disappointing end" (Gold, 11/5).
Also on Capsules, Jordan Rau writes about a new study finding that depression is a leading driver of health spending: "Depression was the most costly among 10 common risk factors linked to higher health spending for employees, according to a new study of seven companies. The study published in Health Affairs found that the 10 factors — which also included obesity, high blood sugar and high blood pressure — were associated with nearly a quarter of the money spent on the health care of the workers" (Rau, 11/6).
In addition, Alvin Tran reports on a study about the physicians who may cost the health system more: A new study "found that doctors with less experience spend more money treating patients than their veteran colleagues" (Tran, 11/5). Check out what else is on the blog.