Archive for the ‘US healthcare system’ Category

  • Healthcare – Is Quality of Care at Stake?

    In a survey held by KPMG LLP the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm in 2012 among 200 healthcare professionals, many respondents had raised doubts about the sustainability of US healthcare in its current form. An American Health Association (AHA) estimate states that about “10% of Medicare revenue will be at risk in 2017.” Now, a new analysis by the RAND Corporation states that “conversion to EHR has failed to improve efficiency, patient care and arrest the rising healthcare costs,” reports the New York Times quoting this month’s edition of Health Affairs, an academic journal.   Causes  While AHA identifies new initiatives like ...Read More »

  • Retailing of Medical Care

    Are patients without access to a primary care doctor, increasingly visiting walk-in retail medical clinics for care? This question formed part of a recent study conducted by the Rand Corporation. Background Historically there has been an increase in “visits to retail clinics from 2007 to 2009, according to the study released in August 2012 by Rand Corporation” says Stephanie Stephens, California Healthline Regional Correspondent in an article. The study revealed that most of the patients sought care for limited to common acute ailments. The retail health market appears to have "tapped into patients’ needs," says Stephanie quoting study authors. With passing of ...Read More »

  • Are Hospital Business Models Built on a Shaky Rock?

    Do Hospitals today perceive their current business models on the metaphorical “burning platform”- a phrase coined by Daryl Conner, Organizational change Specialist?  Quoting from a recent press release issued by the Commonwealth Fund, this question was raised by Vince Kuriaitis JD, MBA, a renowned Healthcare Consultant in his article in Such an eventuality, according to him would force them to abandon the existing business models. With a mere 13 percent of hospitals reported participating or planning to participate in an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) within a year, that is a clear possibility, says the Consultant. Vanishing Revenues “Across the U.S., hospitals ...Read More »

  • Remote Health Management – the US Story

    After having dwelled into the global picture of the Remote Health Management market, it’s time to get into the medical aspect of things as it holds critical status. Let’s take a look at the United States of America. As of today, as many as 135 million Americans are suffering from severe chronic conditions/ illnesses. If statistics are to be believed – no matter how overrated – then this number is definitely prone to increase at an exponential rate. In the view of the same, hospitals are under constant pressure to come up with new Read More »

  • “Patients in the U.S. do not receive any exceptional care compared with other industrialized countries in Europe and Asia Pacific,” quoting from a recent study released by The Commonwealth Fund.  Author of this study, David Squires saysU.S. has a variable quality of healthcare. It is “better-than-average in cancer survival rates, average in-hospital mortality rates for heart attacks and stroke, and the worst in preventable deaths due to asthma and diabetes-related complications.” The basis of his analysis is data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and other sources.       Major Causes Another Kaiser ...Read More »

  •   Public hospitals, community health centers and faith-based organizations across the U.S. are known for their traditional safety-net setup. After passing of the PPACA, these entities have started playing a more crucial role in the U. S. healthcare system.   Why their services are so crucial In a recent survey conducted by the Commonwealth Fund and Modern Healthcare, it was found that safety-net providers serve the critical need of patients who remain uninsured and provide culturally competent care and translation services.  Majority of respondents to the survey said that Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) would improve financial protection for these groups. ...Read More »