À la carte health care: Americans are value shoppers

“The health care buffet is over,” according to Christopher Parks of change:healthcare, who spoke at last week’s Health 2.0 Conference. There’s evidence that Americans have been adapting to an à la carte health world. While there actually is a company called à la carte health care, part of Allianz, the global insurance company, I’m not […]

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Physician group practices' costs exceed revenue; primary care is hit hard

The increasing cost trends of drug supplies, staffing, and liability have driven up costs for medical group practices above revenues they collected in 2007. Primary care groups were especially hit by practice costs exceeding revenues. The revenue side is simple: declining reimbursements have hit most group practices. Overall, multispecialty group practices saw a 5.5% increase […]

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Participatory health — personal reflections on the 3rd Health 2.0 conference

I’ve returned from a week of Health 2.0 immersion on the west coast. The top-line finding: we’ve entered the period we can call Participatory Medicine. For some, like the pioneering Gilles Friedman of ACOR, this is nothing new. Other people have never heard of it. It’s global. It’s local. It’s a movement and a verb, […]

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A majority of employers who don’t sponsor health would be unwilling to contribute over $50 per employee per month for coverage

The U.S. employer sponsored health system is experiencing some bipolar behavior: there is a cadre of large employers who want to continue sponsoring health benefits as part of overall compensation. But, for at least one in 3 employers, most would not be willing to pay $50 per member per month to cover health for an […]

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Employers’ wellness programs in a Health 2.0 era

Employee wellness is a growth business: 57% of large employers provide wellness programs to employees, increasing from 49% of large employers in 2006. According MetLife’s Sixth Annual Employee Benefits Trends Study, nine of ten companies that offer wellness believe these programs are effective in reducing medical costs. For the average employer, MetLife found, 58% of […]

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