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Latin America has moved to center stage in terms of employee benefits. The rules of the game are globalization, increasing open-market economies, talent shortage and competition. Employers and employee benefits need to stand and face the challenge.
Cline Young writes, “When it comes to small employers, the challenges amount to education, continued communication and restating the facts over and over even when it seems clear everyone has it down. Getting more people involved is better…”
Healthcare reform is going to change the payor mix. It's important for providers to create an action plan to better understand who their customers will be, what these customers want and how to deliver outcomes to meet those expectations.
Marketplace factors and economic forces are coming together to position medical homes at the center of the U.S. healthcare delivery system, creating efficiencies that help produce a healthier population and reduce expenditures to contain costs.
Author Cline Young explains, “…risk that is often overlooked and many times left unmanaged…can leave profits and equity exposed and the very future of the company in jeopardy. This risk is a company’s ability to recruit, retain and reward its executive and management personnel.”
A productive environment for accountable care starts with a comprehensive and robust data warehouse that tracks claims data as well as financial, engagement and quality data.
The annual total cost of risk can be qualified as the sum of predictable loss costs, risk transfer costs, vendor fees, taxes and administration. Do you know your total cost or how to determine it?
An issue of growing concern for hospitals and healthcare providers is duplicate patient records within their Master Patient Index (MPI). This situation increases the risks of poor patient outcomes and medical malpractice liability.