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How High-Deductible Insurance Fuels Momentous Healthcare Shifts

July 2, 2015 by Stewart Gandolf, MBA

Although the Affordable Care Act (ACA), in its final, amended version, has been the law of the land for slightly more than five years, the industry-shaking consequence of “healthcare reform,” continue to emerge almost daily. High deductibles are causing major shifts in healthcare.[read more]

Obamacare Subsidies Continue, Court Rules. Now Let’s Get to Work.

June 30, 2015 by Jeanne Pinder

The Affordable Care Act’s health insurance subsidies to low-income people will continue, the Supreme Court ruled. Now that we have that behind us, let’s focus on the important questions of costs — or charges, or prices, or all three — and effectiveness.The Supreme Court ruling marks the end of one chapter and the beginning of another one. There’s work to do to fix the system. Transparent markets benefit consumers. It’s time.[read more]

Diagnostic Reading #33: Five Must-Read Articles from the Past Week

June 30, 2015 by Erica Carnevale

It is time for another issue of Diagnostic Reading. This week we focus on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act, quality in radiology, patient and radiologist interactions, new Joint Commission rules, and Medicare’s slow adoption of telemedicine.[read more]

King v. Burwell: A Frivolous Lawsuit

June 29, 2015 by David E Williams

Some are surprised that Chief Justice John Roberts came out so strongly for the government in King v. Burwell, the lawsuit that aimed to bar insurance subsidies from Obamacare exchanges run by the federal government.I’m not a lawyer or Supreme Court scholar but to me Roberts’ stance isn’t surprising at all. King v. Burwell was a joke –an exemplar of the type of “frivolous lawsuit” some on the right are so fond of citing.[read more]

Are Wearables the Future of Clinical Trials?

June 24, 2015 by Jonathan Catley

The wearables market will be worth a whopping $12.6 billion by the year 2018, according to Statista. With the FDA now granting approval to wearable devices for use in clinical trials, this begs the question: what potential do wearables have to impact the clinical trial process? While the answer is simple ("profound"), the reality is more complex. Let’s take a closer look.[read more]

In These 10 States, Cost-of-Living and Cost-of-Care Are Dramatically Different

June 23, 2015 by Brad Wright

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Brad Wright looks at the latest report that shows the cost of healthcare in 10 different American states. Interestingly, the cost-of-living did not affect the cot of healthcare. Here's how the capitals of the 10 states rank in order from most expensive to least expensive health care.[read more]

Long Term Care Insurance: Narrow Framing Is Not the Problem

June 18, 2015 by David E Williams

Health Business Blog readers know the Wall St. Journal is among my favorite publications, but I have to call BS on a recent piece: Why People Don’t Buy Long-Term-Care Insurance. It’s written by a couple of Wharton professors, who frankly should be ashamed of themselves.[read more]

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A Healthier Conversation

June 17, 2015 by Edgar Wilson

Lawsuits can stem from poor doctor-patient communication. So how will EHRs change the equation--for better or worse?[read more]

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Effective Healthcare Requires a Social Approach

June 15, 2015 by Paul Tunnah

We all know that the healthcare ecosystem is a highly fragmented space, encompassing all manner of different stakeholders, commercial and non-commercial. However, it strikes me that we still tend to view healthcare solutions in a rather two-dimensional way. The challenge for healthcare is to drive the right sociological change alongside the technological advancement. We need doctors, carers, family/friends and so on to all work collaboratively with each other, harnessing the power of technology and big data, to deliver a 360 degree solution built around the patient.

We all know that the healthcare ecosystem is a highly fragmented space, encompassing all manner of different stakeholders, commercial and non-commercial, including healthcare providers (doctors, nurses etc.), regulators, payers, technology players, pharmaceutical companies, device/diagnostic companies and, of course, the patient and...[read more]

How Health IT Enables Safer Medical Travel and Tourism

June 12, 2015 by Shahid Shah

How do IT innovations help provide services that medical travelers can benefit from? IT innovation, global medicine and frustrated medical patients drive the demand for medical travel. But telemedicine also improves patient care and the customer experience of medical travelers. Agha Ahmed discusses how IT innovations help patients get high-quality healthcare outside of the USA.[read more]

Hospital Selfies and Stars: Patients Look Deeper Than HCAHPS

June 9, 2015 by Lonnie Hirsch

There’s a New Consumer in your service area. No longer “merely a patient,” healthcare reform and societal dynamics have empowered a new breed of high-expectation consumers and value-aware shoppers. Before they select a hospital or provider—for themselves or family members—they are increasingly informed about outcomes, reputation, safety scores, patient experience and the cost of care.[read more]

Frank Discussions About Oral Cancer Therapies

June 8, 2015 by Andrew Schorr

Oral cancer therapies seem poised to revolutionize cancer care for many cancer types. More convenient, more effective, and often less toxic. But they are quite expensive—in many cases, more than $100,000 a year per patient. And some experts have been discussing combining two drugs. We must talk more about cost and not just echo the mantra of researchers who are “excited” about trial results.[read more]