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June 22, 2016
Healthcare costs in the United States (U.S.) are rising faster than the rate of inflation. Since 2009, healthcare inflation has outpaced the Consumer Price Index by as much as 3.5 percent in a single year.1 The cost of providing care is skyrocketing. Providers and payers need to look for ways to reduce costs so our healthcare system can continue to provide quality care.
Read more: DOJ and NC Attorney General File Antitrust Suit Challenging Anti-Steering Restrictions
June 15, 2016
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has issued a pair of Advisory Opinions that could impact non-profit organizations that want to help patients pay for treatment. In the Opinions, 15-16 and 15-17, the OIG views favorably non-profit organizations seeking to financially assist patients with their out-of-pocket expenses associated with the prescription drugs required to treat certain diseases. At a time when all healthcare arrangements are heavily scrutinized by government regulators, the positions the OIG takes in these Advisory Opinions are consistent with previous positions taken by the OIG on such arrangements, though nonetheless welcomed positions allowing organizations to provide patients with the financial assistance they need.
Read more: OIG Views Favorably Arrangements Aimed at Assisting Patients with Financial Obligations
June 8, 2016
By 2030, one in five Americans will be a senior citizen, nearly double the 12 percent in 2000, according to The State of Aging and Health in America, a 2013 special report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). By 2029, when the last round of boomers reaches retirement age, the number of Americans 65 or older will climb to more than 71 million, up from about 41 million in 2011, a 73 percent increase, according to Census Bureau estimates. Not only are there more seniors, they’re also living longer. In the past century, life expectancy has increased by nearly 30 years.
Read more: Boomer Healthcare 101
June 1, 2016
If patients know the prices that various providers of healthcare services will charge, they will shop for the best value and in the process drive prices down. That assumption underlies the numerous governmental and health system efforts to deliver price transparency seen over the last few years. Is the assumption valid?
Read more: Patients’ Ability to Shop for Services Has a Modest Effect on Healthcare Spending
May 25, 2016
Lately, technology security has taken center stage as health organizations face increased challenges of maintaining the security of patient health information. While securing data is of concern, determining the most applicable and cost-efficient technology is the most important priority.
Read more: Buy Versus Build or Both?
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