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Six Things To Know From Deloitte Research on Health Plan Government Business

By Clive Riddle, May 18, 2018

This week, Deloitte Center for Health Solutions’ Andreea Balan-Cohen, Ph.D., and Maulesh Shukla gave a presentation on Medicare Advantage and.............Click to continue


Medication Nonadherence: Data and Analytics Can Make an Impact

By Claire Thayer, May 16, 2018

Over two-thirds of hospital readmissions are directly due to medication nonadherence. Many factors contribute to patients not taking their medications, including fear ofside effects, out-of-pocket costs, and.............Click to continue


The Disconnect with Consumers and Health Plan Costs

By Clive Riddle, May 11, 2018

eHealth this week released a new eleven page report: Costs and Consequences in the ACA Market: A Survey of Individual and Family Health Insurance Consumers, presenting findings from more than 1,700 consumers who.............Click to continue


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

By Claire Thayer, May 11, 2018

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


Welcome to Lifestyle Medicine

By Clive Riddle, May 4, 2018

The May issue of Circulation includes the research article: Impact of Healthy Lifestyle Factors on Life Expectancies in the US Population, which presented findings from a study that aimed “to estimate the impact of lifestyle factors on premature mortality and life expectancy in the US population.”.............Click to continue


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

By Claire Thayer, May 4, 2018

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, April 27, 2018

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


Nine Things to Know Jump Out of Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade Report

By Clive Riddle, April 27, 2018

In May talk of frogs would lead one to the annual Calaveras Jumping Frog Jubilee (check out www.frogtown.com). But in April, talk of frogs leads one to The Leapfrog Group, who just released the spring 2018 edition of the.............Click to continue


Five Questions for Erin Benson and Rich Morino with LexisNexis Health Care: Post-Webinar Interview

By Claire Thayer, April 25, 2018

Last week, Erin Benson, Director Marketing Planning and Rich Morino, Director, Strategic Solutions, LexisNexis Health Care, participated in a Healthcare Web Summit webinar discussion on opportunities for.............Click to continue


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

By Claire Thayer, April 20, 2018

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


No Signatures Required!

By Kim Bellard, April 18, 2018

If you live in the U.S., you've probably had the experience of paying for a meal using a credit card. The server takes your card, disappears to somewhere.............Click to continue


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

By Claire Thayer, April 13, 2018

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


Long Term ACO Impact: Medicare vs. Medicaid vs. Commercial

By Clive Riddle, April 12, 2018

Commercial accountable care – value based payment arrangements between purchasers and providers seem to be spreading.............Click to continue


The PBM side of CVS

By Clive Riddle, April 6, 2018

Assuming the CVS acquisition of Aetna clears all final hurdles, perhaps the most attention given to the merged company is in respect to.............Click to continue


Wal-Mart and Humana: How Healthcare on Wall Street Imitates Hollywood

By Clive Riddle, March 30, 2018

Hollywood notoriously chases a hot movie trend with much more of the same – imitation being the most sincere form of flattery. Wall Street when it comes to.............Click to continue


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

By Claire Thayer, March 30, 2018

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


Animal Farm Meets Health Care

By Kim Bellard, March 23, 2018

In George Orwell's classic Animal Farm, the animals revolt against their human masters, and establish a classless society with the inspiring principle.............Click to continue


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

By Claire Thayer, March 23, 2018

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


National Healthcare Measures: A lot of Improvement Overshadowed By Obesity and Diabetes

By Clive Riddle, March 16, 2017

On this Ides of March the CDC National Center for Health Statistics released Selected Estimates Based on Data From the .............Click to continue


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

By Claire Thayer, March 16, 2018

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


Perhaps Accenture’s Surveyed Consumers So Willing To Share Healthcare Data Should Read Accenture’s CyberSecurity Survey Report

By Clive Riddle, March 9, 2018

Accenture has just released a 12-page report with findings from their 2018 Consumer Survey on Digital Health in which they conclude that “Growing consumer demand for digital-based health services is .............Click to continue


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

By Claire Thayer, March 9, 2018

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


Five Questions for Patrick Horine, CEO DNV GL Healthcare: Post-Webinar Interview

By Claire Thayer, March 2, 2018

This week, Patrick Horine, CEO DNV GL Healthcare, participated in a Healthcare Web Summit webinar panel discussion on Leveraging Hospital Accreditation for Continuous Quality Improvement webinar. If you missed this informative webinar presentation, watch the On-Demand version here. After the webinar, we interviewed Patrick on five key takeaways from the webinar.............Click to continue


Peter Kongstvedt on the Amazon Healthmarket, Coming Soon to an Alexa Near You

By Clive Riddle, March 2, 2018

Lendedu released survey results this week on consumer acceptance if Amazon ventured into several financial related markets including virtual currency, banking, lending, investment and insurance. Their survey involved polling 1,000 consumers who purchased something from Amazon within that past 30 days.............Click to continue


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

By Claire Thayer, March 2, 2018

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, February 23, 2018

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


The State of the Uninsured and Health Insurance Coverage

by Clive Riddle, February 23, 2018

The National Center for Health Statistics has just released updated health insurance coverage estimates from selected.............Click to continue


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

By Claire Thayer, February 16, 2018

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


It's About Time

By Kim Bellard, February 16, 2018

Chances are, the sun isn't directly overhead for you when it is for me. That's why for most of human existence time was a local matter. Nowadays, we have.............Click to continue


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

By Claire Thayer, February 9, 2018

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


Employees Feel Their Own Health Plan is Better Than Most Others

By Clive Riddle, February 9, 2018

Surveys have consistently shown over the years that the public generally ranks Congress low in esteem, but their personal Congressman is held in higher regard. Health Plans, like Congress, have been.............Click to continue


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

By Claire Thayer, February 2, 2018

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


AmazonBerkshireJP Healthcare: Think About Kaiser

By Clive Riddle, February 1, 2018

After Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase issued their press release this week regarding their employer based healthcare partnership, healthcare stock portfolios went into a tailspin and a lot of smart people.............Click to continue


Everything in Healthcare Is Design

By Kim Bellard, January 27, 2018

I've been thinking a lot about health and communities lately. But I keep coming back to Dr. Bon Ku is doing at JeffDESIGN.

I am somewhat late to this game. Dr. Ku co-founded JeffDESIGNthree years ago, as a "college within a college". Since then it has received local, regional, and national attention. Dr. Ku has done a TEDx talk on their efforts. So I'm not exactly breaking new ground here.............Click to continue


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

By Claire Thayer, January 26, 2018

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


2018 CMS Medicare Shared Savings Program: 43 Previous ACOs out, 124 New ACOs In

By Clive Riddle, January 19, 2018

CMS recently published 2018 Medicare Shared Savings Program information.  After comparing the listing of 561 2018 MSSP participants to the 480 2017 participants, we found 43 2017 ACOs have exited the program for 2018, and there are 124.............Click to continue


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

By Claire Thayer, January 19, 2018

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


Accenture’s Advice to Pharma: It’s The Evidence, Stupid.

By Clive Riddle, January 12, 2018

Remember when Bill Clinton’s first presidential campaign mantra was “it’s the economy, stupid”? Accenture advises the pharmaceutical industry to substitute evidence for economy in that equation and focus more on evidence-based solutions than.............Click to continue


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

By Claire Thayer, January 12, 2018

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


Ten Large Objects on the Highway to Healthcare in 2018

By Clive Riddle, January 5, 2018

We find ourselves suddenly situated in 2018. How did that happen? Where did 2017 go, and for that matter, 2016 and its younger siblings? A Meat Loaf ballad once lyricized how Objects in the Rear View Mirror Appear Closer Than They Are. With apologies to AC/DC.............Click to continue


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

By Claire Thayer, January 5, 2018

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


Looking A Little Deeper into CMS National Health Expenditure Report

By Clive Riddle, December 20, 2017

The CMS Office of the Actuary recently released their annual National Health Expenditure Data, current and historical through 2016. We thought we’d take a.............Click to continue


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

By Claire Thayer, December 15, 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


Welcome, Comrade Patient

By Kim Bellard, December 14, 2017

Capitalism is in big trouble, even in the U.S. and especially among millennials. So reports Fast Company and The New York Times. Even capitalism-friendly publications like The Wall Street Journaland Bloomberg warn about it. .............Click to continue


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

By Claire Thayer, December 8, 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


Are your healthcare consumers who they say they are?

By Claire Thayer, December 7, 2017

Verifying healthcare consumer identities has become enormously complex requiring sophisticated advanced authentication technology. A HIMSS report on Patient Portal Identity Proofing and.............Click to continue


Reforms and Innovation Needed to Lower Costs and Improve Quality in Healthcare

Tomas Georgio, December 4, 2017

Healthcare in the United States is complicated, inefficient and expensive. Many individuals and families can no longer afford to see a.............Click to continue


The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis

Sandhya Gardner, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Relias, December 4, 2017

There has been no shortage of attention given to the current opioid abuse and overdose epidemic sweeping the U.S. Near-daily media reports highlight the staggering number of people.............Click to continue


Recent Uber and Lyft Healthcare Transportation Collaborations

By Clive Riddle, December 1, 2017

Yesterday (November 30th) Cigna-HealthSpring reported on its collaboration with Lyft for medical transportation of Medicare Advantage members. They stated that "more than 14,500 transports have occurred through this collaboration. Since its introduction in May, 92 percent of Cigna-HealthSpring customers.............Click to continue 


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

By Claire Thayer, December 1, 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, November 17, 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


Patients Are a Design Problem

by Kim Bellard, November 15, 2017

When I say "patients are a design problem," I don't mean that the people who happen to be patients are a design problem. They may well be, but.............Click to continue


The State of Medicaid in the States

by Clive Riddle, November 8, 2017

Mark Farrah Associates has just released their Mid-Year 2017 Medicaid Market and Enrollment Trends report which cites national Medicaid coverage was “74.3 million as of June 2017. This represents approximately.............Click to continue


Three Recent Studies and Three Different Perceptions of Value Based Payments

by Clive Riddle, November 3, 2017

Three different recently released studies addressing value based payments fuel three different perceptions: (1) value based payments have solid.............Click to continue


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

By Claire Thayer, November 2, 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


Fighting Healthcare fraud and over-prescriptions with predictive analytics

By Claire Thayer, October 31, 2017

Earlier this summer, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the largest ever health care fraud enforcement action, involving over 412 individuals across.............Click to continue


CVS, Aetna, Retail Integrated Delivery Systems and the Strange World of Frenemies

by Clive Riddle, October 27, 2017

As widely reported, including in the Wall Street Journal, CVS is making a very serious bid to acquire Aetna for more than $200 a share, equating to $66 billion. The most often cited drivers behind this deal include.............Click to continue


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

By Claire Thayer, October 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


Elon, Do We Have a Disaster for You!

By Kim Bellard, October 18, 2017

One of the most interesting twists resulting from Hurricane Maria striking Puerto Rico was Elon Musk's offer that Tesla could help Puerto Rico solve its energy crisis, with a long-term, 21st century fix. It is telling that we don't have.............Click to continue


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

By Claire Thayer, October 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


A Dozen Things To Know About The Trump Healthcare Executive Order and Elimination of CSR Payments

By Clive Riddle, October 13, 2017

1. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a legal opinion to HHS and the Treasury Department that that money appropriated.............Click to continue


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

By Claire Thayer, October 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


The Impact of Time and Money on The Physician – Patient Relationship

by Clive Riddle, October 6, 2017

The “physician-patient relationship remains strong but cost may challenge its future,” is the headline takeaway offered by The Physicians Foundation, who just released findings from their second biennial patient.............Click to continue


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