As the industry's largest managed care organizations continue to acquire smaller, consumer-directed health plans, it is evident that providers are making their move into the CDHP arena.
Leadership cements the foundation for increasing the efficient and effective delivery of treatment plans in project management and performance improvement programs at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Mich.
Health advocacy has emerged as an important facilitator to help employers and consumers better navigate healthcare and insurance.
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When NASA astronauts first ventured into space and their vital signs were monitored by Earth-bound doctors using video conferencing equipment, the term "telemedicine" was born.
While healthcare costs are predicted to rise at a slower rate in 2006 than in recent years, employers will still pay an average of more than $8,400 per employee. This amounts to an 8% increase, roughly $600 per employee; employees will pay about $155 of that increase in 2006, a 10% rise from 2005 levels, according to the 17th Annual Towers Perrin Health Care Cost Survey released in September 2005.
Acute care is less expensive through specialized treatment sources
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Establishing the right program can balance the value of specialty drugs
EMRs can add to a practice's bottom line