The New Normal of Healthcare Spending

Below is the June 29th “Thoughts from the Frontline” newsletter, republished in full. A rather interesting shockwave came across the newsfeeds this week. I was actually doing a TV interview when the host announced that GDP was down 2.9% for the first quarter. There was not much else I could do but note that that […]

Healthcare Nonprofit Learns Patient Engagement Game

Until 2011, all Washington state Medicaid patients went to Community Health Plan of Washington for treatment. But when other providers began accepting Medicaid insurance, Community Health, for the first time in its 20-plus-year history, had to differentiate its services, build a brand, and market its clinics to prospective Medicaid clients. The nonprofit organization consists of […]

Wonkbook: Obamacare still short of its enrollment targets

Wonkbook’s Number of the Day: 942,000 and 4.2 million. That’s the number of people who picked a health care plan through the Obamacare exchanges in February and in all months, respectively. Wonkbook’s Chart of the Day: Obamacare enrollment is still at 75 percent of the projected level. Wonkbook’s Top 5 Stories: (1) New Obamacare enrollment data; (2) first NSA, now CIA; […]

Investors Close to Buying Health Care Services Firm MultiPlan

LONDON — A group of investors led by an affiliate of C.V. Starr & Company is close to acquiring the health care cost-management company MultiPlan in a transaction valued at $4.4 billion, according to people familiar with the matter. The deal could be announced as early as Monday, said the people, who were not authorized […]

Healthcare Compliance and Social Media Know-how for Effective Social Media Governance

DURHAM, N.C., Feb. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Given the rapid changes in the communication landscape brought about by social media, Healthcare organizations are increasingly using social media platforms to communicate with patients, build brand reputation, and share information with a larger audience. However, the incorrect use of social networking sites (like uploading the patient’s picture […]

Why We Need to Recognize America’s Frontline Health Care Workers

If you’ve entered a hospital lately, whether for a routine medical test or complex surgical procedure, you might think that nurses or doctors would provide most of your care. In fact, the reality is that frontline workers–ranging from phlebotomists to medical assistants, certified nursing assistants to housekeeping staff–play a vital, yet often overlooked, role in […]

ACA: Wrong Direction for America’s Seniors

Words matter. “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your healthcare plan, you’ll be able to keep your healthcare plan, period,” President Obama said during a speech to the American Medical Association in June 2009. Honoring your commitments is the cornerstone of trust in our […]

Medicare pricing drives high health-care costs

Medicare may be best known for paying the medical bills for millions of people 65 and older, but recent studies show it plays another gargantuan role in American health care: It helps determine prices for everyone. For virtually every procedure and service — from routine colonoscopies to brain surgery and hospice care — Medicare comes […]

“Let the crime spree begin”: How fraudsters benefit from Medicare’s drug plan

With just a handful of prescriptions to his name, psychiatrist Ernest Bagner III was barely a blip in Medicare’s vast drug program in 2009. But the next year he began churning them out at a furious rate. Not just the psych drugs expected in his specialty, but expensive pills for asthma and high cholesterol, heartburn […]

Infor Partners With ROI Healthcare Solutions to Expand Healthcare Resources

NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwired – Dec 30, 2013) – Infor, a leading provider of business application software serving more than 70,000 customers, today announced a new alliance partnership with ROI Healthcare Solutions, LLC, an IT consulting services provider for the healthcare industry. Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., ROI Healthcare Solutions will support implementation, planning and deployment for […]