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What Does Singapore Know About Selling Healthcare Products?

Jacqueline Fellows

Buying health insurance in the U.S. is not yet as straightforward as other consumer purchases, but that is changing. Health systems in Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand are far ahead of us in offering consumer choice and addressing health disparities. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

White House Extends Employer Mandate Deadline

Employers have an additional year—until Jan. 1, 2015—before reporting requirements mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act go into effect. The unexpected policy decision comes in response to employer concerns about the complexity of data reporting requirements. >>>

55 Hospitals to Settle False Medicare Claim Charges for $34M

Twenty-three facilities in seven states that are affiliated with the for-profit HCA Inc., six affiliated with Lifepoint, and four with Trinity Health were charged with submitting false claims to Medicare for a procedure to treat spinal fractures. >>>

No Silver Bullet for Medication Adherence

Cost and forgetfulness play a large role in non-adherence, but even when medications are supplied at no cost, adherence hovers around 50%. But forging personal connections with pharmacy staff can help, one insurer says. >>>

Killer Metric Separates Good Hospitals From Bad

A hospital's low 30-day mortality rates for three key diagnoses might be an indicator of good survival rates for patients who receive hospital treatment for other conditions as well, researchers say. >>>

Providers May Be Hit by Health Insurance Exchanges

Healthcare CFOs from very different organizations express concern that HIX, both state- and federally operated, will have negative financial repercussions. >>>

Healthcare Quality Metrics 'Abysmal,' Senate Panel Hears

Quality experts, including the CEO of the National Quality Forum and a former CMS administrator, caution members of the Senate Finance Committee that healthcare quality measures must be better coordinated to be effective. >>>

C-Section Rate Reductions Panned

The rate of U.S. births by cesarean section is holding steady at 31%, says the CDC. But "we are seeing an increase in cesareans for longer gestational ages—for full term. That is very disturbing," says the head of a hospital quality watchdog group. >>>



CEO Report

2013 CEO Report: Optimism on the Upswing

Although 44% of healthcare CEOs still feel the industry is on the wrong track, more are optimistic about their own organization's performance and prospects as they face the challenges and opportunities of PPACA. This report explores healthcare CEOs' evolving perspectives on these issues, including their strategies for controlling costs, and why partnerships rank among their top three priorities. Download Today >>>



News Headlines

Sales reps' presence tied to heart stent use

The Baltimore Sun / Reuters, July 3, 2013

Owner of closed Chicago hospital blames government for shutdown

The Chicago Tribune, July 3, 2013

NFL says no to promoting Obamacare

The Washington Post, July 3, 2013

States brace for Web barrage when reform goes live

Reuters, July 2, 2013

Hospitals spend big on lobbying in Annapolis

The Baltimore Sun, July 2, 2013

Healthcare setbacks could hit small businesses

The Washington Post, July 1, 2013

Local officials asked to help on health law

The New York Times, July 1, 2013

Big changes ahead for those who buy their own insurance

Kaiser Health News / USA Today, June 28, 2013

Critics: ME health deal hurts patients

Portland Press Herald, June 28, 2013

Independent hospital resists pressure to align with Mayo

Star Tribune, June 28, 2013



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Multimedia/Events

Webcast: Mayo Clinic & Baylor Health—Social Media Marketing Playbook

Date: July 24, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Join these marketing leaders as they explore the value in today's most popular digital and mobile social platforms, and how to take steps to develop a coordinated social media strategy that is also aligned with an organization's business goals. Register Today >>>




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