Pharmacies are doing a good job; consumers can do better, according to Consumer Reports

It’s the end of the school year in my household, and for pharmacies, too — they’ve received pretty good marks from Consumer Reports, one of the most influential arbiters of health grading. CR’s comprehensive survey on pharmacies is in its June 2008 issue. The headline: independent pharmacies can offer higher levels of service, access, and […]

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Will KP + MSFT HV = Interoperable PHR?

Happy National Health IT Week! Two giants in their respective industry spaces came together today to find out whether health information between a personal health record (PHR) can be interoperable with data from other sources. I sat on a teleconference today featuring Kaiser Permanente (KP) and Microsoft (MSFT) discussing their project that will bring together […]

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Closing health disparities gaps: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to the rescue

Call it not separate, but certainly unequal. Such is the state of health outcomes in America. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the nation’s largest health philanthropy, is spending $300 million of its endowment to address this longstanding problem. The Health Resources and Services Administration defines health disparities as “population-specific differences in the presence of […]

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Is worker wellness a privacy issue?

Employees are split on whether employer wellness programs intrude on privacy, according to an Issue Brief from the Center for Studying Health System Change (CSHC). Health and Wellness: the shift from managing illness to promoting health details the results of interviews conducted in 12 metropolitan American communities in 2007: Boston, Cleveland, Greenville, Indianapolis, Lansing, Little […]

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The median retirement health nest egg for a married couple in 2018 = $154,000 to $376,000

Once again, the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) brings you health economics news to keep you awake at night. In the EBRI’s latest Issue Brief, Savings Needed to Fund Health Insurance and Health Care Expenses in Retirement: Findings from a Simulation Model, you will learn all you need to know, and more, about how much […]

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