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  • Top health industry issues of 2016

    Top health industry issues of 2016

    Kelly Barnes, Benjamin Isgur, Trine Tsouderos - | December 14, 2015

    In 2016, millions or American consumers will have their first video consults; be prescribed their first health apps and use their smartphones as diagnostic tools for the first time. 2016 also will be the year that many Americans, faced with higher deductibles, manage medical expenses with new tools and services rolled out by their insurance companies, healthcare providers, banks and other new entrants. This will be the year that, shift by shift, visit by visit, nurses doctors and other clinicians learn to work in new ways, incorporation insights gleaned from data analysis into their treatment plan. PwC’s Health Research Institute’s annual Top health industry issues report highlights the forces that are expected to have the most impact on the industry in the coming year, with a glance back at key trends from the past decade. Read More
  • New data shows experts were wrong about where healthcare costs less

    New data shows experts were wrong about where healthcare costs less

    Ayla Ellison - | December 15, 2015

    Researchers analyzed the real prices hospitals negotiate with private insurers and found places that spend less on Medicare do not necessarily spend less on healthcare overall. The new "Big Data" project from researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, Yale University, University of Pennsylvania and the London School of Economics shows that the prices hospitals negotiate with private health insurers vary significantly within and across geographic regions in the U.S. For the study, the researchers analyzed 92 billion health insurance claims from 88 million people covered by three of the nation's largest health insurance companies: Aetna, Humana and UnitedHealthcare. The data was provided by the Health Care Cost Institute and represents spending and utilization for about 30 percent of individuals in the U.S. with employer-sponsored health coverage. Read More
  • Op-ed: ACA is not perfect, but Congress deserves some blame for that

    Op-ed: ACA is not perfect, but Congress deserves some blame for that

    Linn Baker | December 16, 2015

    Compromise and open debate to address longstanding problems are seldom used by our representatives in Washington. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is good example. Health care costs have been out of control for more than two decades, and when our elected representatives had the opportunity to work together to address this problem, they chose not to. Out-of-control health care costs have added staggering amounts to the federal deficit and made health care unaffordable for most Americans. How much more effective would the ACA have been if both parties worked in concert to solve a long standing problem? Read More
  • The end of the lecture hall?

    The end of the lecture hall?

    Jill Pease and Stacey Marquis - | December 10, 2015

    Kendra Krietsch admits she was skeptical about her first blended learning class. The third-year clinical psychology doctoral student worried a course that blends in-person and virtual instruction would be impersonal and lack opportunities for interactions with her instructor and classmates. It wasn’t long before her fears were put to rest. “Actually, I’ve had the opposite experience,” says Krietsch, who has taken several blended learning courses. “The (blended learning) format has really allowed for more interaction and time to talk about issues and problems that are more practical or will affect us on a day-to-day basis.” Read More
  • IOT in Education: The Internet of School Things

    IOT in Education: The Internet of School Things

    Hannah Augur - | December 07, 2015

    Preliminary research on how the Internet of Things will impact education may lead you to believe students will soon be connected to an iPad, RFID scanning objects and getting their own personalized curriculum delivered to their desk. It’s a dreamy new world of individually tailored lessons. It might be prudent to remember how computers were supposed to completely alter the way students learn decades ago. Yet anyone who took a “computer 101” class in high school may know tech in the classroom is not the futuristic bonanza we want it to be. Read More