Healthcare IT Interoperability, EHR interoperability, Hospital Interoperability

Healthcare Spending

4 Ways Health Payers Could Decrease Medical Spending Growth

by Vera Gruessner

Health insurance companies are often looking for key methods and best practices to reduce rising healthcare costs. Payers could avoid the continual increase in medical spending by reducing the rates of unnecessary and duplicative services,...

Affordable Care Act Payment Program Boosts Care, Cuts Costs

by Vera Gruessner

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has a wide variety of reforms that have been implemented to improve care for American citizens. One of these reforms includes a payment model called the Independence at Home Demonstration...

Does Reference Pricing Reduce Costs of Diagnostics for Payers?

by Vera Gruessner

Health insurers and consumers can benefit from seeking reference pricing when it comes to choosing specific diagnostic tests among a set of different laboratories. Researchers from the University of Southern California and the Brookings...

Healthcare Spending Growth Hits 5.8% Yearly from 2015-2025

by Vera Gruessner

Healthcare spending may not be rising as quickly as in previous years, but it is still moving upwards. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Office of the Actuary (OACT) released a report last week that states the...

Consumer Healthcare Spending Trends Show Uptick in Engagement

by Vera Gruessner

Consumers today are becoming more and more responsible for covering the costs of healthcare services especially due to the greater proliferation of high-deductible health plans and out-of-pocket spending. What are the biggest healthcare...

How Pharmacy Benefit Managers Could Reduce Drug Cost Growth

by Vera Gruessner

From a health insurance perspective, more analysis needs to be taken into account when attempting to reduce healthcare spending. For instance, health payers may be interested in learning that pharmacy benefit managers (PBM) actually play a...

Healthcare Spending for Diabetes Patients Rose 6% in 2014

by Vera Gruessner

People who have to manage diabetes are in worse shape financially than those without the disease. The Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) published a study showing that healthcare spending rates among diabetes patients with...

Ambulatory Surgery Centers Decrease Costs by $38 Billion

by Vera Gruessner

Health payers are often looking for ways to reduce healthcare spending, especially with regard to the costs of covering medical claims. Many have focused on implementing value-based care reimbursement structures like bundled payments while...

‘Data is Key’ to Cut Healthcare Spending, Boost Engagement

by Vera Gruessner

A major goal among health payers today is to decrease continually rising healthcare spending. One way to do so is to identify patients who are at higher risk of deteriorating medical conditions and looking to engage with their provider to...

Did the Affordable Care Act Lower Medicare Spending?

by Vera Gruessner

The Affordable Care Act and other regulatory changes were meant to reform the healthcare industry and save costs on wasteful spending. Recent results coming from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) show that the Affordable...

Soaring US Healthcare Spending Due to Technology, Drug Costs

by Vera Gruessner

Before the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act came into play, the United States was spending much more money on healthcare than many other first world countries. Despite high levels of US healthcare spending, our nation experiences...

Top 3 Ways to Reduce Healthcare Spending Across Industry

by Vera Gruessner

What new innovations and healthcare reforms are making a real benefit to cutting unnecessary healthcare spending associated with duplicative tests, hospital-acquired infections, and medical errors? While there are a wide number of...

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