Archive for Research

  • Some Hospital Data

    All benefits managers are out there searching daily for data that may help them better understand, negotiate, reduce health care spend.  With the implementation of the Hospital-Compare web site by CMS, and the continual call for pricing transparency, data are becoming more available (but still, obv...

  • Exercise vs. Lipids? vs. Glycemic drugs? Who wins?

    You'll be surprised!  Pharmaceutical costs high?   Exercise compliance low?  Well, this study demonstrated that the value of exercise in reducing risk of death in people with chronic disease was as good, and sometimes better, than all those medications we see advertised on our televisions every ...

  • Random Data Random Data

    So, we've seen a bunch of statistics lately, all about healthcare, and we thought we would list some here, just for "fun" Per Beckers Hospital Review (11 Statistics on Average Hospital Costs Per Stay): Mean hospital cost per stay by age, 18-44 $7,400; 45-64 $12,500. (From the Agency for Health...

  • Study Says NCQA PCMH Model “Best”

    A study conducted by Michael Ewing at the University of Alabama, the results of which were published in the Journal of Healthcare Management (58:4 July/August 2013 issue, p258-265) evaluated three models with respect to the effectiveness of a patient-centered medical home.  Those 3 models were deve...

  • Patient Registry on Steroids Patient Registry on Steroids

    Population health management calls for a comprehensive patient registry, something you can't do on an old-fashioned rolodex.  Those companies fortunate and forward-thinking enough to have started an on-site clinic years ago, now probably have massive electronic patient registries, but nothing that ...

  • 2013 Survey 2013 Survey

    The Towers Watson/National Business Group on Health 2013 Employer Survey on Purchasing Value in Health Care is available on line.  This 30+ page summary of their survey is a must read.  We have mentioned it in our June newsletter as well and wanted to provide a link to it here. These two highl...

  • Recent Forbes Article on Price Transparency Recent Forbes Article on Price Transparency

    So, the pricing your employees get for healthcare services may not be quite as clear as the windows shown here, but this is one of the biggest issues consumers of healthcare face -the lack of price transparency.  Employers have tried their best to make it easier for employees to understand pricing,...

  • Towers Watson Survey Towers Watson Survey

    More data - Towers Watson published their 2012 Onsite Health Center Survey Report and, of course, it provides some great stats and an up-to-date overview of onsite care and employer attitudes, costs, etc.    The primary reason cited for opening an on-site clinic remains increased productivity (62...

  • 2012 Employer-Sponsored Health Plans Survey 2012 Employer-Sponsored Health Plans Survey

    Mercer released the results of their annual survey in November of last year, so we apologize for getting the word out to you late (many of you have probably already read it).    The press release leads off with some amazing data including the fact that overall employers were able to hold the annu...

  • NBGH Employer Survey on Purchasing Value in Health Care NBGH Employer Survey on Purchasing Value in Health Care

    The results of the annual National Business Group on Health employer survey have been recently released.  This 18th survey performed by NBGH in association with Towers Watson reflected some interesting data.  First, the expected total average healthcare expense for employees will be about $12,100 ...