The dilemma of declining revenues and patient care

Health providers want to provide quality care and improve patient satisfaction. Really, they do. It’s just that pesky problem of declining reimbursements getting in the way of meeting those two key business objectives.This dilemma comes to you courtesy of a survey conducted by IVANS, Inc., the company that helps providers process health transactions. IVANS found […]

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Health care costs will exceed CPI for years

Health care costs will grow an average of nearly 10% in 2009. Pricewaterhouse Coopers reports their anticipated health cost trends in the company’s latest issue of Behind the Numbers.On the good news front, there are several cost decelerators: more employers are depending on targeted health management programs, and aggressive generic substitution for more expensive branded […]

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The Maturing of the Cyberchondriac Market

HarrisInteractive’s latest poll on Americans searching for health information online begs the question: “Has the number of cyberchondriacs declined?” The pure stats show that 1 in 2 American adults searched for health information in the past month — about the same proportion as last year (within the statistical sampling error). So can we assume that […]

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Cell phones and health: the yin-and-yang of wellness

Mama always said there are at least two sides to every story. When we’re talking about cellular phones and health, there are many aspects to consider, pro and con.Mobile phones make sense when we think about peoples’ health: health doesn’t just happen when someone’s in the doctor’s exam room; it happens every minute of every […]

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Wal-Mart enters telemedicine

Leave it to Wal-Mart to continue to grow its franchise in health through yet another revenue center: this time, it’s telemedicine. The company will pilot telemedicine through retail clinics in Houston, Texas, and will be trademarked as Walk-In Telemedicine Health Care. Wal-Mart will be partnering with My Healthy Access and NuPhysicia, the private company that […]

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