Healthcare Trends

In this hectic, 24/7 world in which we are managing baseball games, school plays and family visits to the doctor not to mention work meetings and professional obligations, it’s no surprise that some appointments get missed. We understand the impact these missed opportunities mean for our personal lives, but in the professional world (especially healthcare),…

Read more No Joke. Missed Appointments Cost the U.S. Healthcare System $150B

Health care costs are staggering. American taxpayers, consumers and employers pay more per capita for health care than any other country in the developed world. As a result, health plans are under enormous pressure from employers and regulators to contain medical costs, which means limiting member use of care services to that which are deemed…

Read more The high cost of obtaining authorizations for care

What does care coordination have in common with a highway? Or population health with an 18-wheeler? Before I explain, let’s define these terms. Care coordination is the practice of deliberately organizing patient care activities and sharing information among all of the participants concerned with a patient’s care to achieve safer and more effective care, and…

Read more On the Road to Care Coordination: First Stop, Population Health Management

“Here, put this on and then the doctor will be with you shortly.” Those are not generally welcome words. It means putting on the dreaded hospital gown. Most people know what it is like to wear a hospital gown – it is a humbling experience. You feel barely covered. I know I always am walking around in fear…

Read more Health Insurance in the U.S.: Coverage Like a Hospital Gown

By Joel French, CEO, SCI Solutions Entire industries and market sectors have been either vanquished or transformed by technology and business model shifts. One only needs to think of Kodak, which dominated consumer photography for more than a century, only to see its business erode with the introduction of digital cameras. What should leaders do when…

Read more Population Health Management is a Verb: Part III

By Joel French, CEO, SCI Solutions “There are those who begin revolutions and those who benefit from revolutions.” – Napoleon Bonaparte As a continuation of the series – Population Health Management is a Verb – we consider two unrelated industries as analogous to the health industry’s transition to value-based reimbursement. Each of these market sectors has…

Read more Population Health Management is a Verb: Part II

By Jamie Gier, Chief Marketing Officer, SCI Solutions In our service-oriented culture, waiting for a call back is hardly grounds for repeat business. But it’s standard practice in health care. Recently, my mom made a visit to her primary care physician after continuing to experience headaches for several weeks following a car accident. The doctor…

Read more If you don’t hear from us in a week, call.

By Bill Bunker, Executive Vice President, SCI Solutions A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center of Health Statistics (NCHS) found the rate of people who did not seek medical care because of cost fell to 4.4 percent, representing a 16-year-low. This rate has been on the decline since…

Read more Healthcare Costs are Less of Barrier for Patients in Need, CDC Reports