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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


How to Increase Physician Engagement in Value Based Care: Deloitte Survey

By Clive Riddle, October 27, 2016

HHS, commercial health plans, states and health systems continue to advance value based care initiatives at a rapid and accelerating pace. But the question is, as the value based train is leaving the station, are the doctors on board?

Deloitte has released a report.............Click to continue


HHS-CMS Share Marketplace Projections and Nine Open Enrollment Strategies

By Clive Riddle, October 21, 2016

Earlier this Week, HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell “announced that she expects 13.8 million individuals to sign up for coverage through the Marketplaces during the upcoming Open Enrollment.” In conjunction with her announcement, the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation released a report detailing these 2017 enrollment projections for 2017, telling us:.............Click to continue


Will Anyone Notice?

By Kim Bellard October 13, 2016

There's an interesting verbal battle going on between two prominent tech venture capitalists over the future of AI in health care. Marc Andreessen asserted that Vinod Khosla "has written all these stories about how doctors are going to go away...And I think he is completely wrong." Mr. Khosla was quick to respond: "Maybe Mr. Andreessen should read what I think before assuming.............Click to continue


It’s Complicated – Navigating Health Care Integrated Delivery Networks

By Claire Thayer, October 7, 2016

Integrated delivery networks (IDNs) are vast and complex. In the U.S. alone, there are more the 626 IDNs operating at 44,000 sites, employing over 412,000 health care providers. Some IDNs are groups of hospitals, some are regional, some have facilities scattered throughout the country and even internationally.............Click to continue


Opportunities With Consumer Angst About ACA Exchanges and Out of Pocket Costs

By Clive Riddle, October 7, 2016

GfK has just released updated survey results on consumer health insurance purchasing which found that “one-third of consumers who purchased on ACA exchanges do not expect that their present insurer (33%) – or any other carrier (34%) – will offer insurance through their exchange in 2017.............Click to continue


Prescription Drug Costs on the Public’s Mind – Reductions in the Uninsured Not So Much

By Clive Riddle, September 30, 2016

The just released current Kaiser Family Foundation Tracking Poll finds that while the public continues to be deeply divided.............Click to continue


What Health Plans Should Know About Marketing Costs

By Claire Thayer, September 29, 2016

Getting your message in front of the right audience sounds easy enough, but can be quite complicated for health plans during open enrollment season as well as throughout the year for member outreach.  A recent study of administrative expenses for Blue Cross Blue Shield finds.............Click to continue


I Really Wish You Wouldn't Do That

By Kim Bellard, September 22, 2016

Digital rectal exams (DREs) typify much of what's wrong with our health care system.  Men dread going to go get them, and -- oh, by the way – they apparently don't actually provide much value. By the same token, routine pelvic exams for healthy women also don't have any proven value either.............Click to continue


Workplace family monthly health premiums rise to $1,512; deductibles up 12% in 2016

By Claire Thayer, September 15, 2016

In 2016, employer-sponsored health insurance covered half of the non-elderly population.  For the 18th year in a row,  the Kaiser Family Foundation & Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) published findings from its annual survey of employers reflecting trends of employer sponsored health benefits on premiums, employee cost-sharing, wellness programs and employer opinions.............Click to continue


Uber, Lyft and Healthcare

By Clive Riddle, September 9, 2016

Bruce Japson, in his Forbes article earlier this summer - On-Demand Health's Growth Second Only To Uber And Lyft, that "investment in on-demand health services is projected to reach $1 billion in 2017 with Teladoc and rival telehealth firm American Well joining the likes of Uber and Lyft in the top 10 most funded on-demand companies, according to the most recent tally by consulting giant Accenture ACN -1.02%. Investment in on-demand health was just $200 million in 2014................Click to continue


High Drug Prices, Complexity of Drug Development and What the Market Will Bear

By Claire Thayer, August 30, 2016

The escalating cost of prescription drugs is of concern for all of us and impact stakeholders all across the health continuum: patients, payers, providers, as well as policy makers.   A recent Consumer Reports study, Is There a Cure for High Drug Prices?, offers these 5 reasons drug costs are ballooning.............Click to continue


EpiPens By The Numbers

by Clive Riddle, August 26, 2016

Without wading into the policy, prognostication, editorial or other narrative issues surrounding Mylan’s EpiPen pricing controversy, here simply is a collection of selected relevant data compiled related to all that is Mylan EpiPen:.............Click to continue


Out With the Old...Wait, Not in Health Care

By Kim Bellard, August 16, 2016

The last company still manufacturing VCRs announced it has ceased their production.  VCRs had a good run, most households had one, but their time has passed.  Meanwhile, the stethoscope is celebrating its 200th birthday, and is still virtually the universal symbol for health care professionals.  

There has got to be a moral in there somewhere.............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