Saul Marqeuz’s weekly Outcomes Rocket podcast features interviews with healthcare leaders sharing lessons on best practices to improve outcomes and business success. I’m featured in the latest edition, discussing hot topics, how to tackle costs, value based care, and suggested areas of focus for 2018.
Patient payments are a real friction point in the US healthcare system. Patients don’t understand what they owe, and doctors usually can’t help them figure it out. HealthiPASS is doing its best to solve these problems with a consumer-friendly approach that pays off financially for providers.
In this podcast interview, HealthiPASS CEO, Rajesh Voddiraju answers my questions about how it all works.
(0:17 )What are the problems with patient payments today?
(2:40) What have physician offices been doing about it about it? How successful are those efforts?
(6:30) How does HealthiPASS work?
(11:50) With the four steps it sounds like you are allowing the physician office to educate the patient about the extent of their financial obligations under high deductible plans. Is that right?
(13:09) How does the system interact with existing practice management systems? What is the impact on the office workflow?
(18:51)The value proposition for physician offices is pretty clear, but what about for patients? Is it in a patient’s interest to use this system?
“Beware the Ides of March” –Soothsayer to Julius Caesar
“Fear not the Ideas of March” –Health Business Blog to the wonkosphere
Your friendly neighborhood drug dealer
Count on Drug Channels to make sense of even the most convoluted pharmacy business models –and convoluted they are. This time the topic is the emerging trend of point-of-sale (POS) rebates. Did you know that many pharmacy benefit plans act like reverse insurance, with the sickest members subsidizing the healthiest? POS rebates start to right this wrong and bring forth uncomfortable questions such as: Where have the rebates been going until now?
Managed Care Matters shares its perspective that the Administration’s efforts to undermine the ACA have yielded bitter fruit on the marketplaces. Some premiums are up by 30% and meanwhile Congress is doing little or nothing.
Two years ago you couldn’t read the news without hearing about the disastrous premium increases due to “Obamacare,” but the media is silent now.
So what’s going on? Our blogger has a theory: The media is being manipulated and chasing bright, shiny objects.
Skimpy is as skimpy does
InsureBlog likes CMS’s proposal to restore the maximum policy length of short-term medical plans to 12 months from three. That’s even though some news outlets call the plans “skimpy” and some healthcare policy analysts consider such plans to be leeches on Obamacare, because they may siphon the healthiest people out of the marketplace risk pool and drive up premiums.
Location location location
When my son was a toddler, we trained him to say “location location location” when asked, ‘what are the three most important things about real estate?’ I still remember him driving a realtor crazy when one tried to pitch us on a house we didn’t like.
Now, Workers Comp Insider has decided that location is destiny in healthcare, too, declaring ‘It’s the Zip Code Stupid.’ Insider cites a recent JAMA Internal Medicine study that shows geography is “the biggest X-Factor in today’s American Hellzapoppin version of healthcare.”
Location: Wonk zone
The Hospital Leader (not to be confused with the Dear Leader) helpfully explains that “We need creative solutions” really means “the problem we are trying to solve has no answer.” Case study: Hospitals, hospice and SNFs – The big deceit.
A pending bill seeks to establish a state-based individual mandate in New Jersey. But a provision targeting employees of small businesses could inhibit Association Health Plans from selling insurance that does not comply with small group rules. Xpostfactoid explains.
Who knew? Health Care Renewal informs us that the ostensibly libertarian Washington Legal Foundation has become a front for healthcare corporate leaders –and leaders from other fields— to operate with impunity. The foundation’s campaign to abolish the Responsible Corporate Officer Doctrine failed, but the damage was done. (Hat tip to Health Care Renewal for anticipating today’s theme by including “methinks” in its cover note.)
I was riding in an Uber the other night in Denver and got to talking with the driver. He said he’s from Kenya. I told him I never visited Kenya but was almost there about 10 years ago, but the conference I was attending got moved to Uganda due to post-election violence in his country.
When I explained that I had been there with the Forum for Collaborative HIV Research (now Forum for Collaborative Research) and Gates Foundation to talk about analyzing the demand for adult male circumcision to prevent HIV transmission, he told me he’d actually been circumcised under that program, which he called a very successful one.
Historically the Luo –of which he is a member– did not practice circumcision, but that changed as a result of a major public health campaign. Documentation of the campaign always stresses the voluntary nature of the program, because circumcision is sometimes coerced.
We arrived at our destination before I had the chance to tell the driver about checking into the hotel that Colonel Qadaffi had just checked out of.