The first report on future Medicaid spend forecasts an unhealthy growth rate of 7.9% per annum

Each year, actuaries in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issue projections on Medicare spending. For the first time, the CMS Office of the Actuary has published a fiscal report on Medicaid…and the projections are fiscally chilling. Spending on Medicaid will grow 7.3% between 2007 and 2008, hitting $339 billion. Thereafter, the average […]

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Even in a down economy, health reform and technology adoption can be a "go"

In the past several months, there’s been some wringing of hands and some pronouncements of glasses-half-empty concerning health reform and technology innovation. For us glass-half-full types, here’s something to consider… 15,000 physicians in the state of Michigan began to electronically link up today. The new online service has been developed by Covisint, whose roots are […]

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Health engagement and patient activation – people want to connect with providers, suppliers, and experts

Globally, people are looking to engage with health providers, plans, and product suppliers — up-close and very personal.That’s the top-line finding from the first Health Trust Barometer survey sponsored by Edelman, the global communications company that launched the influential Trust Barometer inEdelman’s researchers talked to citizens in five countries — the US, UK, Russia, China, […]

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Uninsurance will increase; and the lonely job of being a governor who seeks to insure the uninsured

Today, the loneliest job in American isn’t being the Maytag repair man. And the hardest job in America isn’t necessarily the Presidency. It’s being a state governor. Take Pennsylvania (the state I call my home). Governor Ed Rendell sought the position with an explicit goal of expanding health insurance to uninsured Pennsylvanians. After two years […]

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Prescription drug use often depends on "affordability"; true for 1 in 4 lower income patients with late-stage cancer

The top reasons that physicians believe patients don’t take medicines as prescribed are (1) affordability and (2) patients believing they don’t need the meds. AstraZeneca has surveyed 200 physicians about patients and prescription adherence and found the following given as reasons for not taking meds: Affordability (20%) Patient does not feel they need the medication […]

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