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Author’s Note: Seven years ago, I underwent a fairly common life-saving surgery. While there has been much discussion – and some misunderstanding – about screening for this condition, this remains true: vigilance amid the patient-doctor relationship is still the wise choice. This article originally appeared in Healthcare Musings in May 2012. by Jim Gibson, President, Gibson Consultants August 2018 – While surfing… Read more »

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By Gary Austin, President, TranzformHealth July 2018 – In every industry where price transparency has occurred, the industry has been significantly transformed.  Examples such as Expedia (Travel & Tourism), Amazon (Retail), StubHub (Entertainment), Zillow (Real Estate) and Uber (Transportation) have forced a lowering of prices in their respective verticals by making real-time price information available… Read more »

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By Rob Geyer, Chief Executive Officer of Reta Trust May 2018 – The top stories in American healthcare continue to focus on our ever-increasing healthcare costs—costs that are nearly double those of other high-income countries while outcomes fall short on many population health measures[1]. And with no end to this upward spiral in sight, employers… Read more »

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By Beth M. Griffin, Chief Marketing and Product Officer at HPS April 2018 – Innovative employers understand that as markets change and costs rise, they must be discerning in their approach to business finances. As these business leaders work to understand what drives up costs, one thing is clear: companies will have to get smarter about… Read more »

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By John Zaleski, Chief Analytics Officer of Bernoulli Enterprise, Inc. March 2018 – In high-acuity patient settings, data often speak for the patient, particularly those that are unconscious, recuperating from invasive surgical procedures, or heavily sedated on pain medication. Yet, of the 40 million plus surgeries performed annually in the United States, a significant potential threat… Read more »

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By Scott Herbst, SVP at Availity February 2018 – Healthcare consumerism has become an increasingly important focus for healthcare organizations as deductibles have risen in conventional health plans and as high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) have spread. Usually tied to health savings accounts, HDHPs incentivize consumers to make informed and judicious decisions about the healthcare services… Read more »

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By Joe Walsh, Founder at Supply Chain Sherpas January 2018 – Healthcare is experiencing profound macro pressures including revenue compression, growing consumerism, rapid provider consolidation, population health strategies, payor-provider integrations and the emergence of many non-traditional disrupters and competitors. Aggressive cost reduction targets inevitably become a large component of a multi-faceted strategic response to these pressures…. Read more »

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By David Lareau, CEO of Medicomp Systems December 2017 – If you use Facebook, you’re likely aware of the option to designate your current relationship status. In addition to mainstream choices such as single, married, and in a relationship, Facebook has a choice called “It’s complicated” – which sounds like a pretty good label for… Read more »

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By Thomas Borzilleri, Founder & CEO of InteliSys Health November 2017 – The rumored $66 billion merger of retail pharmacy CVS and health insurer Aetna holds strong potential to inflict financial pain on American patients by artificially inflating prescription drug prices while reducing transparency and competition. The Aetna-CVS deal is the latest in an ongoing… Read more »