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Research reveals lack of common language in value transformation of U.S. health care

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 19 giugno 2019

Today’s U.S. health policy initiatives, including those from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, are aiming to derive more value from the health care dollar. This involves a shift from reimbursement based on volume to reimbursement based on the value of care delivered.With this shift comes a new set of terms being used across the industry, like value-based care and population health. Yet these terms have been found to hold different meanings for different stakeholders, and that has a variety of consequences for health care professionals, health care policymakers, patients, and payers, to name a few.
Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), one of the nation’s leading health and well-being companies, and Penn Medicine, set out to find consensus on three terms. Through the use of a Delphi research method that convenes a panel of experts to arrive at a group opinion or decision, lead researcher Marilyn Schapira, MD, MPH, led the panel through multiple rounds of surveys to achieve broadly applicable definitions for three terms: value-based care, value-based payment, and population health.After more than six months, the Delphi panel reached consensus on the term value-based payment but, after three rounds of ratings, was unable to arrive at a consensus definition for value-based care and population health, though distinct areas of agreement and disagreement were made clear. These findings were presented June 3 at the AcademyHealth Annual Research meeting.

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Cigna Ranked First in the Health Care Industry for Supporting Healthy Communities and Families

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 14 giugno 2019

Global health service company Cigna ranked first in the health care industry and ranked second on a new list of Top 100 U.S. Companies Supporting Healthy Communities and Families. The list, compiled by JUST Capital with support from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, recognizes leading organizations that prioritize community health through supportive and sustainable business practices to improve the lives of employees, customers and neighbors.
Furthering the company’s commitment to improving the health and well-being of people globally, Cigna is investing $200 million in the Cigna Foundation and our communities to improve community services, address childhood wellness issues and help transform health care at the societal and local levels. As part of the $200 million investment, the company launched the Healthier Kids for Our Future initiative, a $25 million, 5-year commitment to improve the health of children globally. The first area of focus will be on children’s food insecurity and initiatives will work to help support the targets of the UN Sustainable Development Goal 2 – Zero Hunger.Cigna has been honored to be recognized by a number of organizations in 2019, including:
Military Times named Cigna and Express Scripts to its 2019 Best Employers for Veterans list.
Corporate Responsibility Magazine (CR Magazine) named Cigna to its 100 Best Corporate Citizens ranking.
DiversityInc recognized Express Scripts among the Top 50 inclusive companies in the nation.
Human Rights Campaign named Cigna and Express Scripts as 2019 Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality after both companies earned a 100 score on its Corporate Equality Index.

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43rd Annual Health Care Conference

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 29 aprile 2018

Boston Tuesday May 8, 2018 at 9:20 a.m. ET Vocera Communications, Inc. (NYSE:VCRA), a recognized leader in clinical communication and workflow solutions, announced that Justin Spencer, the company’s chief financial officer, will be presenting at the Deutsche Bank 43rd Annual Health Care Conference.The presentation will be available as a webcast, both live and archived, through the Vocera website at The replays will be available for 90 days following the live broadcast. Comments or responses to questions at the conference may contain forward-looking information, including statements regarding projected operating results and anticipated market opportunities for Vocera. This forward-looking information is subject to risks and uncertainties described in Vocera’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and actual results or events may differ materially.
The mission of Vocera Communications, Inc. is to simplify and improve the lives of healthcare professionals and patients, while enabling hospitals to enhance quality of care and operational efficiency. In 2000, when the company was founded, we began to forever change the way care teams communicate. Today, Vocera continues to offer the leading platform for clinical communication and workflow. More than 1,700 facilities worldwide, including 1,500 hospitals and healthcare facilities, have selected our solutions for team members to text securely using smartphones or make calls with our hands-free, wearable Vocera Badge. Interoperability between Vocera and more than 140 clinical and operational systems helps reduce alarm fatigue, speed up staff response times, and improve patient care, safety and experience. In addition to healthcare, Vocera is at home in luxury hotels, aged care facilities, nuclear facilities, libraries, retail stores and more. Vocera makes a difference in any industry where workers are on the move and need to connect instantly with team members and access resources or information quickly. In 2017, Vocera made the list of Forbes 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in America. Learn more at, and follow @VoceraComm on Twitter.

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ResearchMoz: Telemedicine Monitoring Market Shares, Strategies, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2012 to 2018

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 4 Mag 2012

Albany, New York, (PRNewswire) New Report Added in ResearchMoz Reports Database Telemedicine Monitoring Market Shares, Strategies, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2012 to 2018 The 2012 study has 590 pages, 206 tables and figures. Worldwide markets are poised to achieve significant growth as the telemedicine systems provide a way to improve clinical care delivery to patients with chronic disease, decreasing hospitalizations and visits to the emergency room. To Browse Full TOC, Tables & Figures visit: Chronic disease conditions are best treated early on when there is a change in patient condition and an early intervention can make a difference. It is even better to treat them in a wellness treatment environment before there are indications of chronic disease, before symptoms develop, by addressing lifestyle issues early on. Left to their own judgments, some patients typically are apt to make terrible decisions relating to their personal health either because of ignorance, genetic inheritance, or because of lifestyle habit. The ability to accurately access patient condition via a combination of advanced testing and telemonitoring creates the opportunity to intervene when what is called for clinically can make a difference, and permits provision for education regarding healthy living in a way that is likely to create compliance with clinician recommendations. Home telemonitoring programs need to use advanced technology. Effective monitors support patient education. They support timely clinician intervention based on real vital signs data gathered on a daily basis. Health care for patients with congestive heart failure has been shown to be successful in reducing hospitalizations and trips to the emergency department, making these critical measures unnecessary in many cases.

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Surprise Health Care Costs

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 12 marzo 2012

Governor Cuomo knows that the high cost of health insurance and health care are an enormous burden for New Yorkers. Too many people are being hit with unexpected and exorbitant medical expenses because of unanticipated out-of-network health care costs. | These surprise out-of-network medical costs are putting financial strain on New Yorkers across the state. | Governor Cuomo announced an investigation by the Department of Financial Services (DFS) into out-of-network medical costs. DFS also released a report today that finds an overwhelming need for more transparency and better consumer protections. | The report shows that too often the New Yorkers who are trying their best to stay in network are getting stuck with an unexpectedly high bill. We need to reform our system now to protect middle class New Yorkers and those who can least afford these additional burdensome costs. | By working with the insurance companies and medical service providers, we can prevent New Yorkers from being hit with unexpected health care costs. Together, we are making government work for the people again.

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Traditional medicine

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 8 dicembre 2010

Tokyo, Japan. 7 The World Health Organization (WHO) will develop, for the first time, a classification of  traditional medicine, paving the way for the objective evaluation of its benefits.  The International Classification of Traditional Medicine project will assist in creating an evidence base for traditional medicine – producing terminologies and classifications for diagnoses and interventions.  “We recognize that the use of traditional medicine is widespread. For many people – especially in the Western Pacific, South-East Asia, Africa and Latin America – traditional medicine is the primary source of health care,” said Dr Marie-Paule Kieny, Assistant Director-General of Innovation, Information, Evidence and Research at WHO. “Throughout the rest of the world, particularly Europe and North America, use of herbal medicines, acupuncture, and other traditional medicine practices is increasing. Global classification and terminology tools, for traditional medicine, however, have been lacking. The International Classification of Traditional Medicine will have an interactive web-based platform to allow users from all countries to document the terms and concepts used in traditional medicine.  “Several countries have created national standards for the classification of traditional medicine but there is no international platform that allows the harmonization of data for clinical, epidemiological and statistical use. There is a need for this information to allow clinicians, researchers and policy-makers to comprehensively monitor safety, efficacy, use, spending and trends in health care,” said Kieny. The classification will initially focus on traditional medicine practices from China, Japan and the Republic of Korea that have evolved and spread worldwide.

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U.S.A.: Congress passed health care reform

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 22 marzo 2010

Letter to editor. Riccardo For the first time in our nation’s history, Congress has passed comprehensive health care reform. America waited a hundred years and fought for decades to reach this moment. Tonight, thanks to you, we are finally here. Consider the staggering scope of what you have just accomplished: Because of you, every American will finally be guaranteed high quality, affordable health care coverage. Every American will be covered under the toughest patient protections in history. Arbitrary premium hikes, insurance cancellations, and discrimination against pre-existing conditions will now be gone forever. And we’ll finally start reducing the cost of care — creating millions of jobs, preventing families and businesses from plunging into bankruptcy, and removing over a trillion dollars of debt from the backs of our children. But the victory that matters most tonight goes beyond the laws and far past the numbers. It is the peace of mind enjoyed by every American, no longer one injury or illness away from catastrophe. It is the workers and entrepreneurs who are now freed to pursue their slice of the American dream without fear of losing coverage or facing a crippling bill. And it is the immeasurable joy of families in every part of this great nation, living happier, healthier lives together because they can finally receive the vital care they need. This is what change looks like. My gratitude tonight is profound. I am thankful for those in past generations whose heroic efforts brought this great goal within reach for our times. I am thankful for the members of Congress whose months of effort and brave votes made it possible to take this final step. But most of all, I am thankful for you. This day is not the end of this journey. Much hard work remains, and we have a solemn responsibility to do it right. But we can face that work together with the confidence of those who have moved mountains. Our journey began three years ago, driven by a shared belief that fundamental change is indeed still possible. We have worked hard together every day since to deliver on that belief. We have shared moments of tremendous hope, and we’ve faced setbacks and doubt. We have all been forced to ask if our politics had simply become too polarized and too short-sighted to meet the pressing challenges of our time. This struggle became a test of whether the American people could still rally together when the cause was right — and actually create the change we believe in. Tonight, thanks to your mighty efforts, the answer is indisputable: Yes we can. Thank you, (President Barack Obama)

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To America’s Veterans

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 19 marzo 2009

Washington. The President has consistently stated that he is committed to working with veterans on the details of the 2010 VA Budget Proposal. The President demonstrated his deep commitment to veterans by proposing the largest increase in the VA budget in 30 years and calling VSO and MSO leaders into the White House for an unprecedented meeting to discuss various aspects of the budget proposal. In considering the third party billing issue, the administration was seeking to maximize the resources available for veterans; however, the President listened to concerns raised by the VSOs that this might, under certain circumstances, affect veterans and their families’ ability to access health care. Therefore, the President has instructed that its consideration be dropped. The President wants to continue a constructive partnership with the VSOs and MSOs and is grateful to those VSOs and MSOs who have worked in good faith with him on the budget proposal.

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In Defense of Obamanomics

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 10 marzo 2009

By Laura D’andrea Tyson (abstract) History shows that the president’s tax plans are consistent with strong economic growth If leadership is defined as recognizing a crisis, addressing its challenges, and setting new directions while remaining true to one’s values, then Barack Obama is already demonstrating his strengths as a leader. President Obama has also proposed a 10-year budget that is faithful to the progressive vision he articulated during his campaign. His budget includes significant investments in health care, energy, the environment and education, and a tax cut for the middle class. It also calls for higher taxes on the top 3% of income earners to finance his priorities and reduce the deficit. Not surprisingly, a budget plan this ambitious is triggering strong and well-organized opposition on numerous fronts. The opposition begins, predictably, with taxes, so it is important to understand the major tax changes President Obama is proposing and their underlying rationale. President Bush’s tax cuts are scheduled to expire at the end of 2010. At that time, assuming the economy has entered a recovery, President Obama’s budget will restore the top two marginal income tax rates to their 1990s levels of 36% and 39.6% for individuals earning more than $200,000 and couples earning more than $250,000. These changes will affect only the top 3% of taxpayers, the group that has enjoyed the largest gains in income and wealth over the last decade. In addition, for these taxpayers the tax rate on capital gains will increase to 20%, the lowest rate in the 1990s and the rate President Bush proposed in 2001, and the tax rate on dividends will increase to 20%, a rate lower than the rate of the 1990s and nearly 40% lower than that proposed by President Bush in 2001. Critics charge that President Obama’s tax rates for high-income earners will strangle small business and stifle economic growth. Such claims are misguided or disingenuous. A full 97% of small businesses will see their rates unchanged or enjoy additional tax benefits under the Obama plan. And the strong expansion of the 1900s proves that the tax rates on income, capital gains and dividends in the Obama budget will support rapid economic growth and substantial income gains at the top. Moreover, the higher tax revenues resulting from these rates will reduce the deficit by about $750 billion, bringing it down to an average of 3.9% of GDP over the next 10 years and to 3.1% of GDP by the end of the decade. This compares to an average deficit of 3.6% of GDP between 1982 and 1997, when the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased by 835%. In addition, the president proposes to limit the deductions for dependents, charitable contributions and other expenses to 28%, the top rate for such deductions under Ronald Reagan. Some critics claim this is class warfare. But why should a family in a higher tax bracket get a bigger break on expenses than a middle-class family? And restoring this limit to its Reagan level will raise enough revenue to cover about half of the $634 billion reserve President Obama needs to finance health-care reform with the other half coming from savings in health spending. These savings include competitive bidding in order to reduce Medicare payments to private insurance plans, increasing the Medicaid rebate for brand-name drugs, and strengthening Medicare pay-for-performance incentives for hospitals. Those who stand to lose from these changes are already protesting. But like the 28% limit on deductions, these savings are fair and reasonable ways to finance the twin goals of achieving universal health-care coverage and moderating the growth of health-care spending.  Reducing the nation’s dependence on foreign oil and cutting carbon emissions are also priorities, supported by overwhelming scientific evidence on the risks and costs of climate change. Economists agree that establishing a price for carbon emissions either through a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade system is essential to achieving these goals. The Obama administration has opted for the latter. Critics of a cap-and-trade system are correct when they claim it will raise the prices of goods and services whose production and use emit carbon. That’s exactly the point: Higher prices are necessary to encourage energy efficiency and the development of renewable energy, to discourage carbon emissions, and to reduce the societal costs of global warming. The Obama auction plan will also generate substantial government revenues, about 80% of which will be used for financing a refundable tax credit of up to $400 for individuals and up to $800 for families. The result will be tax cuts for 95% of working Americans. The remaining 20% of the auction revenue will be used to finance investments in energy efficiency, clean energy and smart-grid technologies. Even the investments in education contained in the Obama budget will galvanize critics. Some will oppose the expansion of the federal government’s funding for early childhood education despite evidence that it is among the best investments the government can make not only for children but for the economy as a whole. The president’s budget is progressive and ambitious. It will not, however, explode the size of government as some critics warn. If the economy recovers as projected, over the next decade taxes as a share of GDP at around 19% will be lower than they were during the second half of the 1990s, government spending as a share of GDP at around 22.5% will be about where it was under Reagan, and nondefense discretionary spending at around 3.6% of GDP will fall to its lowest level since that data was first collected in 1962. The real risk lies in the possibility that the economy’s recovery starts later and is much weaker than the economic assumptions in the budget. In this case, by no means remote, President Obama will have to adjust his plans while remaining true to his values. In a very few days in office, he has already demonstrated that he has the leadership skills to rise to the challenge. (  appeared in this morning’s edition of the Wall Street Journal from Laura Tyson, who serves on the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board)

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