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The Similarities Between Health Plans and Subscription Television

By Clive Riddle, January 13, 2017

One can even directly impact if people live or die. The other merely.............Click to continue


Friday Five: Top 5 healthcare business news items from the MCOL Weekend edition

By Claire Thayer, January 13, 2017

Every business day, MCOL posts feature stories making news on the business of health care. Here are five we think are particularly important for this week.............Click to continue


Friday Five: Top 5 healthcare business news items from the MCOL Weekend edition

By Claire Thayer, January 6, 2017

Every business day, MCOL posts feature stories making news on the business of health care. Here are five we think are particularly important for this week.............Click to continue


Magnificent Seven Healthcare Business Trends for 2017

By Clive Riddle, January 3, 2017

Here’s seven trends, in no particular order, that we see weighing heavily on the business of healthcare during 2017. If they all come to pass, of course you should marvel at the wisdom and insight emanating from this blog. If they are well off the mark, well, here’s hoping for short memories and I’ll search for the.............Click to continue


Friday Five: Top 5 healthcare business news items from the MCOL Weekend edition

By Claire Thayer, December 22, 2016

Every business day, MCOL posts feature stories making news on the business of health care. Here are five we think are particularly important.............Click to continue


Touring Lists of Top Healthcare Trends and Issues for 2017

By Clive Riddle, December 21, 2016

It’s that time of year when healthcare prognosticators point out predictions, priorities, and progressions.............Click to continue


Friday Five: Top 5 healthcare business news items from the MCOL Weekend edition

Claire Thayer, December 16, 2016

Every business day, MCOL posts feature stories making news on the business of health care. Here are five we think are particularly important for this week:.............Click to continue


Just Doing Our Jobs

By Kim Bellard, December 14, 2016

Health care fraud is bad.  Everyone agrees about that (except those who profit by it).  We'd similarly agree it is all too pervasive.   Some estimate that fraud could account for up to 10% of health care spending.  But that's chump change: estimates are that other kinds of wasteful spending, such as unnecessary care and excessive.............Click to continue


The State of Provider Directory Accuracy

By Claire Thayer, December 13, 2016

LeadDespite a federal mandate for all plans in the health insurance marketplace be required to have current and accurate provider directories, many health plan enrollees are finding that when it comes time to call a provider for their specialty visit or find a new primary care physician willing to take new patients, the information.............Click to continue


Urban Institute: Implications of Partial Repeal of the ACA through Reconciliation

By Clive Riddle, December 9, 2016

CNBC called it the Obamacare Doomsday Scenario: the Urban Institute has released a 33-page brief - Implications of Partial Repeal of the ACA through Reconciliation - examining what would happen if the new congress goes forward with an ACA partial repeal with a replace to be named later – using a reconciliation bill similar to one President Obama vetoed.............Click to continue


Friday Five: Top 5 healthcare business news items from the MCOL Weekend edition

By Claire Thayer, December 9, 2016

Every business day, MCOL posts feature stories making news on the business of health care. Here are five we think are particularly important for this week:

1. 5 quick ways a new HHS secretary could change health policy Kaiser Health News reports: Prospective Health and Human Services secretary Tom Price, currently the chairman of the House Budget Committee, brings a distinctive to-do list to the agency.............Click to continue


Focus on Value to Survive, Maybe Flourish, for Next Four Years

By Clive Riddle, December 2, 2016

What shall be the fate of value-based care initiatives in the wake of a new administration’s zeal to slash away at all thing Affordable Care Act? The following article: Focus on Value to Survive, Maybe Flourish, for Next Four Years, recently appeared in the Inaugural issue of Value-Based Payment News.............Click to continue


Friday Five: Top 5 healthcare business news items from the MCOL Weekend edition

By Claire Thayer, December 2, 2016

1. The drug industry’s stake in Trumpcare is bigger than you think
StatNews reports: The upcoming fight over repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act promises to shake up hospitals and insurers, but drug makers.............Click to continue


Friday Five: Top 5 healthcare business news items from the MCOL Weekend edition

By Claire Thayer, November 18, 2016

1. Study Finds Nearby Retail Clinics Don’t Drive Down ER Visits
Kaiser Health News Reports: Even if there’s a retail health clinic less than a 10-minute drive away, consumers are just as likely to go to the emergency department for low.............Click to continue


No Thanks, I Already Have Number

By Kim Bellard, November 17, 2016

Health care has a problem.  Well, of course, it has many problems, but one of them is that the various parties involved in the health care system can't agree on who we are.   Twenty years ago HIPAA called for creation of unique patient identifiers to accomplish this task, but within two years Congress put this on hold until further notice, and we're still waiting.

Everyone used to use.............Click to continue


Changing the conversation from wellness to total wellbeing

By Claire Thayer, November 10, 2016

This week, Robin Bouvier from Aon’s Health Transformation Team, spoke in a HealthcareWebSummit webinar, co-sponsored by WebMD Health Services, on More than Meets the ROI: The Value of Investing in a Healthy Workforce.   Today’s forward thinking companies are moving towards a culture of health and changing the conversation about employee wellness from.............Click to continue


The Somewhat Confident but Confused Open Enrollment Consumer

By Clive Riddle, November 4, 2016

This November, many consumers across the country are voting on more than a President, Congressmen and a hot mess of ballot propositions. They are also voting on their health insurance coverage for 2017. And many consumers may be more befuddled about choosing their health plan than their choices at the ballot box.............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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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