Health Care Reform – Update

Health Care Reform – Update

Today’s New York Times reports that Republicans are actively working to unravel and cripple as much of the Health Care Reform legislation as possible. Proposed tactics include withholding funding necessary to enforce the law, restricting the ability of the IRS  to collect fees and penalties, and reducing the funding of Medicaid. (Interestingly, Peter Orszag recently […]

Update: Health Care Reform is Happening

Update: Health Care Reform is Happening

Remember when health care reform was freshly signed and the industry pundits were scrambling to figure out what it meant for the industry? It reminds me of the Chinese Curse: May you live in interesting times. Because things are getting interesting, and encouraging. Health plans and providers are starting to get to the business of […]

Thursday at the AHIP Conference

Thursday at the AHIP Conference

Overall, conference turnout was encouraging. I spoke to one of the AHIP board members on Thursday and he reported that the attendance was higher than in recent years.  For me, the number of vendors seemed lower, but the overall mood from the booths was upbeat and more optimistic than last year(anecdotal but overwhelming.) People seem […]

AHIP Conference This Week

AHIP Conference This Week

  For those of us who sell to payers, AHIP’s big annual blowout is perhaps the largest, best single opportunity of the year. It’s an ideal confluence of customers, industry news and a glimpse into the fomenting trends(e.g., new reimbursement models, interpretation of HCR), and the chance to catch up with friends, colleagues and contemporaries. […]

World Health Care Congress – Tuesday/Wednesday

World Health Care Congress – Tuesday/Wednesday

CHICAGO – Got slammed last week(plus busy watching lacrosse and sailing this weekend…) so wasn’t able to summarize until now.  But, you didn’t miss much. Here’s my synopsis: Perhaps the best summary of the WHCC presentations came from a payer Medical Director who opined that the bigger the title the more pedestrian and safe the […]

World Health Care Congress – Monday

World Health Care Congress – Monday

WASHINGTON, DC – At the World Health Care Congress event being held at the Gaylord Convention Center. Here are some notes, quotes and observations from the Day One proceedings: Ron Williams(CEO, Aetna) and Denis Cortese, MD(CEO, Mayo Clinic) discuss ‘Rebuilding Health Care.” Cortese suggested taking the top 3-5 diseases and top 3-5 procedures, which make […]

Chronic Disease and the Internet

Chronic Disease and the Internet

Chronic disease is big business. The CDC reports that seven out of ten deaths are due to chronic disease, and that more than 133M Americans(almost half the adult population) suffers from at least one chronic condition. In point of fact, well over 50% of all medical expense is due to chronic disease. Chances are it […]

Health Care Reform – Quick Notes

Health Care Reform – Quick Notes

“The good news [for Medicare Advantage plans] is there are no MA reimbursement cuts for 2011. The bad news is the hit begins in 2012, and the phase-down now occurs over only two years, so the pain will be more intense than [it would have been] in the earlier drafts.” —John Gorman, CEO of Gorman […]

Cautious Optimism

Cautious Optimism

Towards the end of the year, I had to provide the board a recap of 2009 and my predictions for how the new year might play out. (I’ve attached the Summary and Overall Market Background sections at the end of this entry in case you’re interested.) We’re now three months deep into 2010 and I’m […]