The economic downturn — how hospitals are dealing

The outlook for the U.S. hospital sector will remain negative well into 2010, based on my reading of credit rating reports from Fitch, Moody’s and Standard & Poors. Hospitals are dealing with the recession adopting a broad and deep range of strategies, inventoried in a comprehensive survey issued by the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), […]

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Can't get no health plan satisfaction – the importance of understanding benefits

You’re not so happy with your health plan if you purchase it as an individual or receive it through a small employer. That’s the top-line finding of J.D. Power‘s 2009 National Health Insurance Plan Study. What’s driving down health plan satisfaction is consumers’ lack of understanding of the benefit. “Members still tend to be least […]

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Onto the mainland and Main Street – American Well comes to Minnesota

Into the Mainstream and onto the U.S. Mainland, American Well will be offered in Minnesota by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (BCBSMN) health plan. This is a market signal that online health has come to Main Street. When American Well first launched in the state of Hawaii, some critics said that was […]

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PEHRs as disruptive health technology, Christensen says

Is Clayton Christensen right? On April 8, 2009, the Disruptive Harvard Professor was interviewed in Harvard Business School’s Working Knowledge saying that Personal Electronic Health Records (PEHRs) can, “help us manage our own health care” and be “transformative in lots of unexpected ways.” By his definition in The Innovator’s Prescription, a disruptive innovation transforms a […]

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Generics are real, and really impacting household and employer economies

Every 1 additional prescription per 100 that is filled with a generic Rx in the Rochester NY region yields $82 million in annual cost savings to the community: specifically, to employers, consumers and health plans. The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association presented findings from a survey and featured best practices from member plans in a […]

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