Top 10 Most Popular Posts of 2012

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December 28th, 2012

Throughout 2012 we have strived to create and share relevant articles on the latest healthcare industry topics.  No need to worry if you might have missed one of our articles, below we highlight our top 10 blog posts of 2012. Thanks for your readership and we wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year!Top 10 of 2012

  1. The 10 Drivers of Unsustainable Healthcare Costs

    The US spends over $2.6 trillion on healthcare or about 18% of GDP. Other nations are able to provide healthcare services for considerably less: U.K. – 9.6% GDP, Germany – 11.6% GDP and Japan – 9.5% GDP. So what factors are driving the high cost of healthcare? This article examines 10 of the most commonly cited cost drivers in the US healthcare system.

  2. The 10 Most Expensive Medical Procedures

    With so much focus on the costs of healthcare, one has to wonder; what are the most expensive medical procedures? In this brief post we list the 10 most expensive procedures and their average costs.

  3. Comparing Healthcare Payment Reform Models

    Accelerated by the PPACA, healthcare payers and providers have begun to adopt new and innovative ways to pay for healthcare services. These new payment models include incentives that improve quality and reduce the use of unnecessary and costly services.

  4. 5 Myths of the US Healthcare System

    There is no shortage of myths surrounding healthcare costs and delivery in the US. Some of these myths have emerged due to a lack of understanding of cost drivers and other issues within the system while others arise out of a need to simplify this complex industry.  In this article we highlight and dispel 5 common myths of healthcare in the US.

  5. Private Sector ACO Models Gaining Prominence

    ACOs are regarded by many as the ideal way to align patient, provider and payer interests to overcome many of the challenges facing the US healthcare system.  Although initially spurred by public initiatives, private sector ACO partnerships are beginning to lead the way in the formation of ACOs across the country.

  6. A Primer on Bundled Payments

    With the drive to reduce healthcare costs, coordinate care and improve quality, there is a renewed effort and discussion on utilizing bundled payments for a wider array of procedures and diagnoses. Bundled payments sidestep the inherent flaws of the Fee-For-Service payment model and can have the potential to make a positive impact on the US healthcare system.

  7. The Top 5 Challenges of ICD 10

    The USA ICD-10 allows for approximately 155,000 codes and enables the tracking of many new diagnoses and procedures compared to the ICD-9 with 17,000 available codes. Transitioning to this new and significantly expanded system has proven difficult for many organizations. In this post we highlight 5 of the top challenges being faced.

  8. Healthcare Reform Timeline for Self-Funded Plans

    Health Care Reform is moving full steam ahead with many upcoming changes for companies who self-fund their health plan benefits. The following timeline outlines the effects of Health Care Reform on Self-Funded Health Plans including direct and external impacts of the law.

  9. Benefits of Self-Funded Plans

    Approximately 150 million Americans are covered under private employer sponsored health insurance and more than 50% of them are insured through self-funded health plans.  With 77 million individuals in the US covered by self-funded plans- an increase of 20% from 2008 to 2010, it is clear that self-funding is an increasingly popular option for many employers.

  10. 5 Changes to the US Healthcare Delivery System

    In addition to expanding coverage and insurance reforms, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act also includes provisions for changing the healthcare delivery system in order to reduce costs and improve the quality of care.  We provide an overview of five priority areas of delivery system reform.