Monthly Archives: June 2013

Historic Slowdown in Healthcare Spending Projected for 2014

Healthcare spending is expected to drop to 6.5 percent in 2014, despite millions of newly insured expected under the ACA in 2014, according to PwC’s Health Research Institute (HRI). In its annual report, Medical Cost Trend: Behind the Numbers, the … finish reading Historic Slowdown in Healthcare Spending Projected for 2014

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The 4 ‘I’s’ of Successful Population Health Management

Forcing mandates like smoke-free campuses and safety regulations like mandatory seat belts are imperatives — one of the four I’s — that ultimately help to build a successful population health management program, says Patricia Curran, principal in Buck Consultants’ National … finish reading The 4 ‘I’s’ of Successful Population Health Management

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Improvements in 6 Key Areas of Medication Use Could Save More Than $200 Billion Annually

Irresponsible use of medicine, including non-adherence and medication errors, costs the United States more than $200 billion a year, representing 8 percent of the country’s total annual healthcare expenditures, according to a new study released by the IMS Institute for … finish reading Improvements in 6 Key Areas of Medication Use Could Save More Than $200 Billion Annually

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6 Out of 10 States Will Offer Consumers More Options in State-Run Insurance Exchanges

The number of carriers offering non-group, or individual, insurance plans to consumers this fall in state-run health insurance exchanges will increase substantially, according to an analysis from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). RWJF’s State Health Reform Assistance Network compared … finish reading 6 Out of 10 States Will Offer Consumers More Options in State-Run Insurance Exchanges

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Consumers Need Better Online Cost Data to Compare Routine, Outpatient Services

Not enough public information exists for patients seeking to compare prices for out-of-pocket healthcare services, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). While the federal government recently released hospitals’ charges for procedures and … finish reading Consumers Need Better Online Cost Data to Compare Routine, Outpatient Services

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Best Practices to Help Health Plans Succeed in the Insurance Exchange Marketplace

Consumer Engagement: The Key to a Successful Exchange, a white paper from Truven Health Analytics™, identifies the challenges health plans will face as dozens of new public and private exchanges become available, and provides a path to developing effective go-to-market … finish reading Best Practices to Help Health Plans Succeed in the Insurance Exchange Marketplace

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HCI3 Releases Report on Bundled Payment Healthcare Reimbursement Progress

Efforts to change the way healthcare providers are compensated in the U.S. from fee-for-service to payment for a bundled set of services are well underway according to a new study released at the National Bundled Payment Summit. The independent research … finish reading HCI3 Releases Report on Bundled Payment Healthcare Reimbursement Progress

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New Web-based ROI Tool Demonstrates Return on Investment of Remote Patient Monitoring Programs

The Center for Connected Health (CCH) and the Center for Technology and Aging (CTA) have collaborated on the development of a tool for analyzing the ROI for remote patient monitoring (RPM) technologies, enabling healthcare providers to evaluate the financial benefit … finish reading New Web-based ROI Tool Demonstrates Return on Investment of Remote Patient Monitoring Programs

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Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries of Medicare and Medicaid: Characteristics, Healthcare Spending, and Evolving Policies

In 2009, the federal and state governments spent a total of more than $250 billion on healthcare benefits for the 9 million low-income elderly or disabled people who are jointly enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid. A report by CBO examines … finish reading Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries of Medicare and Medicaid: Characteristics, Healthcare Spending, and Evolving Policies

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What Raw Numbers of Hospital Readmissions Reveal

Reviewing raw numbers of hospital readmissions rather than just the percentage can make the process of managing rehospitalizations more manageable, notes Joshua Brewster, director of care management at Regions Hospital, a HealthPartners hospital. Regions Hospital not only looks at the … finish reading What Raw Numbers of Hospital Readmissions Reveal

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