Archive for Research

  • New Data Source-MEPS

    I have to say, we are delinquent in not bringing this resource to your attention sooner.   We do have a link on our home page to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, however, were not aware until now of the MEPS data.  This is the Medical Expenditures Panel Survey conducted annually by...

  • What healthcare apps help your employees? How would you know?

    We are not posting this article to recommend any specific vendor or application, but we do want to make you aware that there is a growing body of data out there to support the use of healthcare aps to assist patients in a variety of ways - like quitting smoking, losing weight, compliance with medica...

  • Speaking of Hospital Costs and Surgery

    We just published a reference to an article in Becker's Hospital Review comparing medical versus surgical inpatient admissions and costs.  Soooo - we thought you might also be interested in a brief article published on the DallasNews web site about elective surgery volume (using data for Medicare p...

  • 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,...