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The Convenience Truth

By Kim Bellard, December 17, 2014

The U.S. Mint reports that it now costs 1.7 cents to make a penny; nickels are slightly better, costing "only" 8 cents to make the 5 cent coin.  This is economics the way health care practices it.............Click to continue


Pitfalls with Health Care Provider Data

By Claire Thayer, December 11, 2014

A U.S. Senate Committee investigation report finds that Medicare paid 478,500 claims attributed to deceased physicians, totaling up to $92 million, from 2000 to 2007. The U.S. Postal Service reports that at least 25-30% of the demographic and contact information for health care providers changes every year. The cost of bad or outdated provider data is estimated at $26 billion annually.............Click to continue


The Age of Discontinuity

By Cathy Eddy, December 8, 2014

On December 2, I was invited to be on a panel at a Health Care Executive Forum in Washington DC that was sponsored by the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy. David Nash, MD, MBA, dean of the Jefferson School of Population Health facilitated discussions about.............Click to continue


What’s In a Name?

By Clive Riddle, December 3, 2014

Wellpoint is now Anthem. The re-titling of the national health benefits company was publicly announced months ago, the new corporate website has been designated as www.antheminc.com, and the change from the New York Stock Exchange ticker from WLP to ANTM became effective today.  

WellPoint Health Networks and Anthem merged in 2004, with WellPoint assuming the corporate name of the merged company. Why the name change back to Anthem ten years later?.............Click to continue


Future of Provider-Sponsored Health Plans and Managing Risk

By Cathy Eddy, December 1, 2014

Deloitte Consulting conducts an enterprise wide risk assessment with Presbyterian Health Services annually and the information is leveraged by the health plan.

Health systems are looking at their range of options for the future – most with an eye for making the transition from fee-for-service to value-based reimbursement. These options include.............Click to continue


Lung Cancer Misperceptions: The “Any One Any Lung” Survey

By Clive Riddle, November 21, 2014

Misperception surrounding a disease can impact treatment, care, funding, and more. So it would seem is the case with lung cancer, as just highlighted in a new survey “Any One Any Lung” Survey sponsored by Novartis Oncology. The online survey was conducted by Harris Poll involving 10,111 adults from 10 countries including the U.S..............Click to continue


Health Care Fraud Detection: Intersection of Data and Linking Analytics

By Claire Thayer, November 19, 2014

LexisNexis tells us that three key elements of successful link analysis are Big Data, Super Computing and Social Network Definition and that the three big data necessary for successful link analysis include claims data, provider data and member data.  In August earlier this year, LexisNexis hosted a webinar, Moving Fraud Prevention Forward: The Intersection of Data and Linking Analytics.  Throughout this webinar, the audience engaged in several polling questions - these questions, along with the audience responses are featured in MCOL’s infoGraphoid this week.............Click to continue


The Future Is Still Not Here

By Kim Bellard, November 13, 2014

US News & World Report had some fun looking back at what experts in 2004 predicted for health care in 2014.  Not surprisingly, they found that we're not quite there yet, but might be by 2025.  The future, it would appear, is always ten years away. 

Those 2004 pundits expected that health care would be one of the industries most impacted in these past ten years; specifically.............Click to continue


Healthcare Innovation Models and Accelerators

By Clive Riddle, November 7, 2014

Intermountain Healthcare and Healthbox just announced an interesting healthcare innovation collaboration, with their Innovation at Intermountain Healthcare Initiative. Intermountain is the Utah-based health system non-profit juggernaut with 22 hospitals, 185 clinics, 1,100 employed physicians, and the SelectHealth health plan.............Click to continue


US Healthcare Spending Waste, Unnecessary Cost, and Fraud

By Claire Thayer, November 5, 2014

The United States spends almost $3.8 trillion annually on healthcare – or 18% of GDP. Of this amount, almost one-third of healthcare spending is estimated to be attributed with waste, unnecessary services and fraud. MCOL’s infoGraphoid this week highlights some of the major types of waste.............Click to continue


Top Ten Medical Innovations for 2015

By Clive Riddle, October 31st, 2014

The Cleveland Clinic annually announces their take on the Top Ten Medical Innovations that are likely to have major impact on improving patient care in the coming year. They have just released their ninth annual version of this list.............Click to continue


Google Wants to Helpout Your Health

by Kim Bellard, October 21, 2014

I suppose it was inevitable that I'd end up writing something about Google's interest in health, since recent posts have focused on efforts from Facebook and Amazon, as well as the general gold rush for health IT.  Fortunately Google has obliged me by introducing a neat health-related wrinkle on their Helpouts service.............Click to continue


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MCOLBlog Team

Kim Bellard
KB Consulting
Columbus, OH

Krista Burris
Healthcare Strategy Consultant
San Francisco Bay Area

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William DeMarco
President
DeMarco and Associates
Rockford, IL

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Cathy K. Eddy
President
Health Plan Alliance
Irving, Texas

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Laurie Gelb
Vice President
ORC International
Seattle, WA

Nate Kaufman
Managing Director
Kaufman Strategic Advisors
San Diego, CA

Cyndy Nayer
Founder and CEO
Cyndy Nayer's Center of Health Engagement
CyndyNayer.com

Lindsay Resnick
Chief Marketing Officer
KBM Group: Health Services

Clive Riddle
President
MCOL
Modesto, CA

Marshall Riddle
Senior Analyst
MCOL
Modesto, CA

Claire Thayer
Vice President
Business Development
MCOL
Portland, OR

Paul Vogelzang
Social Media Expert
Falls Church, VA