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IMAGING Management

High-Deductible Plans Linked to Lower Use of Imaging Tests

2016 15 Jan

Results of a new study indicate that high-deductible health plans may reduce all diagnostic imaging rather than helping physicians and patients choose high-value imaging. Researchers found that patients enrolled in such health plans use about 7.5 percent fewer diagnostic tests than patients without such plans. The findings are published online in the... Read more

IT Management

Big Data Cuts Readmissions

2015 16 Nov

Use of big data has helped University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), the second largest integrated payer-provider network in the USA, reduce readmissions. The key was to combine data from both sides of the business — hospital and insurance, according to UPMC Chief Analytics Officer Pamela Peele.“Providers are trained to manage disease, and insurers... Read more

Health Management

2014 03 Nov

Daniel Ryan is the head of research and development of Life & Health and Big Data at insurance company Swiss Re. He will be a featured speaker at the 3rd Swiss Re Symposium on Data Protection being held this year on 18 November in Zurich, Switzerland. The theme of this year’s symposium is “The future of insurance in a data-driven world”. Discussion... Read more

Executive Health Management

Accreditation: A Common Quality-Enhancing Strategy

2014 27 Oct

As many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) pursue healthcare reforms in order to achieve universal health coverage (UHC), the development of national accreditation systems has become an increasingly common quality-enhancing strategy endorsed by payers, including Ministries of Health. For example, the Joint Learning Network (JLN) for Universal... Read more

Executive Health Management

Consolidation Fails to Lower Healthcare Costs

2014 22 Oct

A new study published in JAMA showed that between 2009 and 2012, total expenditures per patient for hospital, professional, laboratory, pharmaceutical and ancillary services were higher in hospital-owned physician organisations compared to physician-owned organisations in California. The patients were covered by commercial health maintenance organisation... Read more

Executive Health Management

Health Spending Up From Higher Service Costs

2014 29 Aug

According to a new study conducted by researchers at The Dartmouth Institute for Health & Clinical Practice, the recent growth in healthcare spending for commercially insured individuals is mainly due to increases in prices for medical services and not because of an increase in usage. The study has been published in the American Journal of Managed Care.... Read more

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