A year ago today, the editorial team at Hospitals & Health Networks launched H&HN Daily, a multimedia assortment of commentary, blogs, videos and podcasts from our editorial staff and our stable of respected health care thought leaders that originally appeared in H&HN Weekly. It's been a fascinating ride taking the spirit of our award-winning print edition and bending, tweaking and integrating it to produce a daily, multimedia product that we're proud to say now has over 75,000 readers. We hope you've enjoyed reading, watching and listening to us, and we look forward to providing you with unique, original content on hospital leadership, delivery transformation and policy for a long time to come. And given the whirring pace of change in the health care delivery system, we couldn't have picked a better time to jump in.
From our perspective as journalists, though, the best part of H&HN Daily has been the comments and emails we've received over the last year from you. To paraphrase my favorite fictional police detective, The Wire's Bunk Moreland, a journalist is only as good as their sources, and receiving immediate feedback from the health care CEOs, physicians, nurses and other providers that read us has given us truly meaningful insight into the issues we cover. There's nothing better than putting out a trial balloon on a subject like compassionate care or employee engagement and instantly having those thoughts confirmed, rebutted or modified by the people whose lives are spent in the trenches of health care delivery. We've also gotten a slew of good sources from readers who have volunteered their stories and suggestions. We urge you to continue commenting, reading and responding to our tweets and posting on the LinkedIn page of our parent company, Health Forum.
Along those lines, I'm currently working on an article for an upcoming print edition of H&HN on strategies for treating the 1 percent of patients with the highest medical costs, who, according to a recent AHRQ report, accounted for a fifth of all U.S. health care spending in 2009 at a clip of over $90,000 per person. We're interested in learning what hospitals, health systems and communities are doing to better care for these patients, especially as a growing number of providers are embracing population health as a key component of their efforts to shift from volume to value-based reimbursement. Send your thoughts, suggestions and stories to firstname.lastname@example.org.