WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The main Bush administration proposal for dealing with the high cost of healthcare and rising number of uninsured is to create a new commission. In his State of the Union address in January, President Bush called for a new bipartisan panel to propose changes that will equip Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security to deal with the millions of baby boomers headed for retirement.
The tools may have changed -- from cookie jars and ledger books to electronic spreadsheets -- but keeping a family household budget is nothing new. As healthcare costs rise and traditional cost-sharing disappears, consumers need to wear the hat of a healthcare financial planner.
A value-based formulary enables the payer and pharmacy benefit partner achieve lower net cost.
Companies in service industries are busy trying to please their customers, but do they pay the same attention to their own employees? A resounding "yes" is the answer from health plans, many of which claim they spend time and energy on attracting and retaining their employees. In a labor market where available jobs outnumber potential employees, healthcare organizations and other companies are vying for top-notch people.
Women's trust in public ratings.
Three plan CEOs invest in the health of the Hawaiian community, tailoring their approach to the unique needs of the island's residents. MHE brings them together for snapshot of their plans' challenges.
For those healthcare providers and payers who still believe large claims clearinghouses are the only way to reduce administrative costs, it may be time to think again.