Tag: Healthcare

Your Kaiser Permanente Doctor Will See You Now—At Target »

I am a pretty severe critic of hospitals. Nevertheless, I like innovation wherever we find it happening, and it is happening in some large systems: In a move that reflects the increasing wave of consumer-driven healthcare, Target Corporation is teaming up with Kaiser Permanente to open four in-store Target Clinics in Southern California, taking...
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Hiring in Outpatient Clinics Froze Last Month »

Hiring in health care continued its moderate pace in October. Because non-health job growth has picked up, healthcare hiring no longer dominates job growth. (In August, one in four jobs added was in health care.) According to Table B-1 of the employment report (Table 1 below), health care hired 24,500 workers in October (seasonally adjusted),...
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American Medical Association Backs Telemedicine Compact »

Our blog usually does not cheer the American Medical Association, because it is largely responsible for the Soviet-style centrally fixed prices that prevail in Medicare. Well, today we applaud the AMA for pledging its support to an important initiative that will increase the adoption of telehealth. The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) has...
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Third Parties Control 83 Percent of Prescription Drug Spending, Up from 52 Percent in 1993 »

Adam J. Fein of Drug Channels has written a short article describing the evolution of payment for prescription drugs. In just twenty years, patients’ share of payments dropped from almost half of the spending to just 17 percent. Even worse, Fein forecasts, the share will drop to 12 percent by 2023. Of course, if you look...
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Administration Continues to Stonewall on Obamacare Exchange Enrollment »

Back in May, the U.S. Department of Health and Humans Services (HHS) suddenly stopped issuing monthly reports on enrollment in Obamacare’s health-insurance exchanges. The administration had used these reports to ramp up the cheer-leading for Obamacare’s “successful” recruitment of 8.1 million people by the end of the first open-enrollment period on March 31 (or, actually, sometime...
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Obamacare Premiums Increased Dramatically for Every Age Group in 2014 »

HealthPocket, an online insurance broker, has measured the increase in premiums for every age group in Obamacare versus the pre-Obamacare individual market. Their conclusion: Premiums increased by double digits for every age group. What I find really surprising is the increase in rates for 63-year olds: 37.5 percent for women and 22.7 percent for men....
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Government Buries Evidence of Poor Access to Care under Obamacare »

Thank providence for USA Today, which has given us yet another story describing how poor access to health care is under Obamacare. People who fell for navigators’ sales pitches and signed up for Obamacare are discovering that it is junk insurance: “The exchanges have become very much like Medicaid,” says Andrew Kleinman, a plastic surgeon and president...
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92 Percent of Nurses Are Dissatisfied with Electronic Health Records »

Although we have discussed their dissatisfaction with electronic health records, hospitals and physicians are not the only victims of the federal government’s $30 billion adventure in underwriting poor IT investments. Nurses are almost uniformly disappointed in EHRs, according to a new survey by Black Book Market Research: Dissatisfaction with inpatient electronic health record systems...
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Australia to Raise $5 Billion by Privatizing Its Biggest Health Insurer »

Australia’s federal government is aiming to raise almost $5 billion by privatizing the country’s largest health insurer: Australia hopes to raise up to Aus$5.51 billion (US$4.82 billion) through the sale of the country’s largest health insurer in an initial public offering, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said Monday. Cormann said the sale would remove the...
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Is Medicaid-Associated Overuse of Emergency Departments Just a Surge? »

Research from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research suggests that rising Medicaid dependency does not result in a secular increase in use of hospitals’ emergency departments. Rather, the jump in ED use is just pent-up demand being satisfied, and drops off. This is the conclusion of a study that examined ED visits by...
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