04/29/2013 - Gone are the days where the only place one could learn about his/her disease or injury was within the four walls of the treating physician’s office. Social media will continue to be a powerful tool for the empowered consumer looking for information about their doctors and diseases.
04/24/2013 - Hosts Brent Macy, Managing Director with The Institute for HealthCare Consumerism (IHC), and Ron Bachman, Chairman of the Editorial Advisory Board, speak with Torben Nielsen, General Manager with HealthSparq. Torben speaks on how transparency drives increased consumerism and how this, in turn, can lead to cost reductions.
03/26/2013 - I empathize with people who don’t take an active role in their health care decisions. There are real barriers to any of us really getting engaged: limited information about price and quality, a perpetuated culture of “doctor knows best,” and a daunting and confusing set of rules about coverage. Who
03/06/2013 - Two members of the Institute for HealthCare Consumerism's League of Leaders will be holding a roundtable discussion on health care consumerism with Altarum Institute and the National Coalition on Health Care on March 26, 2013 in the nation's capital.
03/05/2013 - KHN: This fall, health insurers in a few states will be seeing stars. Not the celestial kind, but stars that reflect their scores on quality measures designed to help consumers make better-informed decisions about what coverage to buy.
02/13/2013 - New Hampsire Union Leader: Massachusetts-based health plan Harvard Pilgrim collaborates with recognized transparency innovators Castlight Health to launch online cost and quality calculator tool for its health plan members.
02/12/2013 - Kaiser Health News/NPR: Researchers from Iowa called 20 top-rated orthopedic hospitals across the country using a script for a hip implant. They asked for the lowest price (everything included) for a total hip replacement. The prices obtained varied widely: from a low of $11,100 to more than $125,000.
01/28/2013 - United Benefit Advisors (UBA) released an employee benefit advisor evaluation tool kit to provide human resource professionals and business owners the valuable information they need to understand how strategic benefits planning can help achieve optimum value and long-term cost management, especially in the face of the Patient Protection and Affordable
01/15/2013 - A report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) on high-value health care attracted attention when it was issued last June. Authored by a group of eleven leading hospital executives, A CEO Checklist for High-Value Health Care describes programs at various hospitals that resulted in quality improvements and lowered costs. The
01/08/2013 - Minneapolis this week, Boston the next, a layover in Atlanta and then it’s off to Dallas and then hitting the West Coast for meetings in Phoenix, Los Angeles and Seattle. That is not the itinerary for the last leg of a U2 tour. It is just another business trip for
01/02/2013 - KHN reporters preview some of the big issues coming this year: The fight over controlling spending and what it means for Medicare; state decisions on health law implementation; and changing how hospitals and doctors are paid.
01/02/2013 - One of the latest startups aiming to bring comparison shopping to health, PokitDok this week launched a new mobile app that lets consumers search for local healthcare and wellness providers to find prices that match their budgets.
11/12/2012 - Here's the latest rundown of mobile application usage in health care from a survey by the Pew Research Center's Internet and the American Life Project and the California Healthcare Foundation: Of the 3,014 adults surveyed between Aug. 7 and Sept. 6, 85 percent own some form of mobile phone, and
11/12/2012 - Summary: Protecting people from financial responsibility for health care exposes them to risks by encouraging them to remain uninvolved in care decisions. Payment decisions cannot be separated from care decisions because true ownership requires control of both. It's critical that employers understand how plan design can encourage employees to be
11/09/2012 - We take it for granted that we know the cost of most things we buy ahead of time. Because of consumer protection laws, price tags are prominently displayed when we go to buy a car or a gallon of gas. Can you imagine a grocery store refusing to tell you
11/09/2012 - Diabetic employees of a wood products company in Guilford, Maine, had the opportunity last month to sit down for one-to-one consultations with a world-class diabetes specialist from Tufts Medical Center in Boston.
10/23/2012 - In its ongoing efforts to assist consumers in making better health care decisions, the Business Health Care Group (BHCG) has entered into an agreement with Best Doctors, Inc., a Boston-based global health company, to offer Best Doctors’ innovative consumer health care decision making program, to both BHCG self-funded (effective immediately)
09/17/2012 - Journalist-turned investment banker-turned auto bailout czar Steven Rattner provocatively calls for “not quite” death panels in an op-ed in today’s New York Times. Noting a quarter of all Medicare spending comes in the last year of life, he writes: