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Turning Value-Based Health Care into a Real Business Model

October 09, 2015

The shift from volume-based to value-based health care is inevitable. Although that trend is happening slowly in some communities, payers are increasingly basing reimbursements on the quality of care provided, not just the number and type of procedures. But because most providers’ business models still depend on fee-for-service revenues, reducing volume (and increasing value) cuts into short-term profits. How, then, are innovative providers redesigning care so that, despite financial pain in the short term, they achieve long-range success?

New York City to offer low-cost Healthcare to uninsured immigrants

October 09, 2015

New York will become one of the first major U.S. cities to expand low-cost healthcare to uninsured immigrants regardless of their legal status under a pilot program to launch next spring, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday.

There no more easy money in Health-care stocks

October 08, 2015

By most measures, health care has been the best-performing sector in the U.S. stock market for some time.

Fidelitys Retiree Health Care Cost Estimate Rises To $245,000 A Couple

October 08, 2015

A couple retiring this year, both age 65, should expect to spend an estimated $245,000 on health care in retirement, according to Fidelity’s 2015 Health Care Cost Estimate. That’s present value, after-tax money you would need at age 65, sitting in an investment account, earning 4% after-tax going forward.

Emerging trends and enduring challenges in U.S. Health Care

October 08, 2015

The passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) ushered in a series of reforms to health care and health insurance markets in the United States. Importantly, from 2013 to 2014, the share of individuals without health insurance coverage fell to 10.4 percent—a decline of almost three percentage points, or 8.8 million people. Many of the ACA’s reforms are still taking hold, making it too soon to know exactly how they are affecting the health-care system, but it is clear that many enduring challenges remain. Looking ahead, these challenges center on three areas: enhancing access to health care; reducing waste in the delivery of high-quality care; and directing technological innovation toward productive medical treatments.

Indian Employers Facing Rising Healthcare Costs: Survey

October 07, 2015

Employers in the country are facing increasing healthcare costs with 55 per cent spending more than a quarter of their payroll on providing health-related benefits as against 38 per cent in other Asia Pacific nations.

Feds detail how Healthcare industry should share medical info

October 07, 2015

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today published a 10-year roadmap on how healthcare facilities and patients should be able to share medical information.

National audit office to investigate asylum seeker Healthcare in detention

October 07, 2015

The Australian National Audit Office is conducting a sweeping audit of asylum seeker healthcare and the relationship between the immigration department and the multinational company that provides medical services.

Health Care Industry Susceptible to Cyber Attacks

October 06, 2015

Health care organizations are a popular target for cyber attacks. According to a KPMG survey published last month, 81 percent of health care executives said their organizations had been hit by malware, botnets or cyber attacks at least once in the past two years.

India Emerging as Major Destination for Quality Healthcare

October 06, 2015

Government is focusing on several areas including quality standards and easy visa processes to make India a global destination for healthcare services, Commerce Secretary Rita Teaotia today said.

TriWest opens veterans Health care call center Monday

October 05, 2015

TriWest Healthcare Alliance will open its Nashville Operations Center this week as the company looks to help veterans access health care in more than two dozen states.

Govt mulls umbrella body to regulate conduct of Healthcare professionals

October 05, 2015

The government is planning to set up an umbrella council for regulating “the professional conduct” of healthcare staffers, including those working in allied fields.

The new Healthcare model: Beyond the pill, the premium and the patient

October 01, 2015

The Healthcare sector’s anxiety over revenue pressures came to the fore last week when a 5000% price increase on a life-saving drug by tiny, unknown Turing Pharma provoked a severe backlash, and at least one Presidential candidate rattled the sabre of price controls in response. Turing Pharma and its "pharma bro" CEO are just symptoms for the real disease facing healthcare: revenue growth anemia.

Clinton calls for repeal of Cadillac tax on Healthcare plans

September 30, 2015

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called on Tuesday for the repeal of the "Cadillac tax" on premium health insurance plans that was created under President Barack Obama's sweeping healthcare law.

Emerging markets are leaving the U.S. in the dust on Healthcare

September 30, 2015

Universal healthcare is having a moment. In The New York Times last Thursday, The Rockefeller Foundation placed a full-page ad declaring its support for 267 economists from 44 countries who have argued that universal health coverage policies are morally urgent and economically efficient. Among the most famous signatories of the declaration was former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, who in an op-ed in the Financial Times wrote that providing universal health coverage could exceed the costs of doing so by a factor of 10.

Watchdog: 900,000 vets may have pending Health care requests

September 29, 2015

Nearly 900,000 military veterans have officially pending applications for health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the department's inspector general said Wednesday, but "serious" problems with enrollment data make it impossible to determine how many veterans were actively seeking VA health care.

Ex-Army doctor in Texas gets prison for Health care fraud

September 29, 2015

A former Army surgeon in Texas has been sentenced to 2½ years in federal prison in a $7.3 million health care scam linked to consulting.

3 Smart Ways to Reduce Your Healthcare Costs

September 28, 2015

Healthcare costs are rising, and consumers are clearly concerned about it. Despite healthcare inflation running at lower levels over the past couple of years than at any point over the prior five decades, between 2005 and 2014 healthcare inflation outpaced the actual rate of inflation in every year except for 2008. That's concerning for consumers who aren't seeing much in the way of real wage growth.  

Former SC judge favours self-regulation for private Healthcare

September 28, 2015

Self-regulation by doctors in private healthcare system would ensure transparency in hospital-patient relationship, former Supreme Court judge Justice N. Santosh Hegde said on Sunday.

INLAND: With Health care workers in demand, groups create pipelines for students

September 28, 2015

Inland education and healthcare leaders think they have a cure for what ails the medical profession. The industry needs lots of doctors, nurses and other workers, but colleges aren’t producing them fast enough.


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