This study demonstrates a major influence of prehypertension and hypertension on healthcare costs in a large cohort of children, independent of body mass index.
Living with Ulcerative Colitis Study (LUCY) in England: a retrospective study evaluating healthcare resource utilisation and direct healthcare costs of postoperative care in ulcerative colitis ...
By Lisa Rapaport(Reuters Health) - Skin cancers caused by indoor tanning are responsible for $343 million a year in direct medical costs for U.S. patients, a recent study suggests. On top of those direct healthcare costs, lost productivity and early deaths among patients with melanoma and other malignancies tied to tanning bed use will exceed $127 billion over the lifetime of the people currently diagnosed with these cancers, the study also found.
Studies have indicated a pervasive pattern of decreasing healthcare costs during elderly patients last year of life. The aim of this study was to explore the predictors of high healthcare costs (HC) in elderly liver cancer patients in Taiwan during their last month of life (LML). Costs of hospitalization, outpatient visits, aggressiveness of care, and associated costs for elderly (age ≥ 65 y) patients with liver cancer in the LML were analyzed using a national insurance database. An HC was defined as being greater than the 90th percentile (US $5093) in the LML, amounting to 38.95% of total healthcare costs. We enrolled 2121 subjects who died during 1997-2011. Mean healthcare costs per person in their LML were US $8042 ± 3477 in the HC group and US $1407 ± 1464 in the non-HC group (p | 0.001). For patients receiving aggressive end-of-life (EOL) cancer care (e.g. intensive care, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, anticancer treatment, and a high number of admission days), comorbidities of chronic kidney
The average per-capita cost of health-care services covered by commercial insurance and Medicare increased at a more-moderate pace in 2010, according to data released today by Standard & Poors.. For 2010, health-care costs covered by commercial insurance rose by 7.75 percent and Medicare claim costs increased at 3.27 percent, the report said.. Compared to May 2010, commercial costs are down 2.13 percentage points and Medicare, down 3.57 percentage points.. The December year-end report shows that the trend of slowing annual growth rates in health-care costs that started in early/mid-2010 continued through the end of 2010, says David M. Blitzer, chairman of the index committee at Standard & Poors.. Ann Schrader: 303-954-1967 or [email protected] ...
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Research program involves estimating the changes in direct healthcare costs due to changes in smoking behavior in large populations, and changes in exposure to passive smoking and health care cost and utilization attributable to adoption of smoke-free laws. Dr. Lightwood has done research in cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis of disease prevention and management programs, cost savings attributable to smoking cessation, and the economics of infectious disease control. ...
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to estimate the annual socioeconomic cost of diseases in Korea. METHODS: We estimate both the direct and indirect costs of diseases in Korea during 2003 using a prevalence-based approach. The direct cost estimates included medical expenditures, traffic costs and caregivers cost, and the indirect costs, representing the loss of production, included lost workdays due to illness and lost earnings due to premature death, which were estimated based on the human capital theory. The cost estimates were reported at three different discount rates (0, 3 and 5%). RESULTS: The cost of diseases in Korea during 2003 was 38.4 trillion won based on 0% discount rate. This estimate represents approximately 5.3% of GDP. The direct and indirect costs were estimated to be 22.5 trillion (58.5% of total cost) and 15.9 trillion won (41.5%), respectively. It was also found that the cost for those aged 40~49 accounted for the largest proportion (21.7%) in relation to age groups. The ...
There is limited evidence on the costs associated with ipilimumab. We investigated healthcare costs of all Dutch patients with advanced cutaneous melanoma who were treated with ipilimumab. Data were retrieved from the nation-wide Dutch Melanoma Treatment Registry. Costs were determined by applying unit costs to individual patient resource use. A total of 807 patients who were diagnosed between July 2012 and July 2015 received ipilimumab in Dutch practice. The mean (median) episode duration was 6.27 (4.61) months (computed from the start of ipilimumab until the start of a next treatment, death, or the last date of follow-up). The average total healthcare costs amounted to €81 484, but varied widely (range: €18 131-€160 002). Ipilimumab was by far the most important cost driver (€73 739). Other costs were related to hospital admissions (€3323), hospital visits (€1791), diagnostics and imaging (€1505), radiotherapy (€828), and surgery (€297). Monthly costs for resource use other ...
OBJECTIVES: Low dose computerised tomography (CT) screening for lung cancer can reduce lung-cancer-specific mortality. The objective of this study was to analyse healthcare costs and healthcare utilisation of participants in the Danish lung cancer CT-screening trial (DLCST). MATERIALS AND METHODS: This registry study was nested in a randomised controlled trial (DLCST). 4104 participants, current or former heavy smokers, aged 50-70 years were randomised to five annual low dose CT scans or usual care during 2004-2010. Total healthcare costs and healthcare utilisation data for both the primary and the secondary healthcare sector were retrieved from public registries from randomisation - September 2011 and compared between (1) the CT-screening group and the control group and, (2) the control group and each of the true-positive, false-positive and true-negative groups. RESULTS: The median annual costs per participant were significantly higher in the CT-screening group (Euros [EUR] 1342, interquartile ...
Freddie Henriksson (. ), Sten Fredrikson and Bengt J nsson (. ). Abstract: This study has used a cross-sectional, bottom-up design to determine the cost to society of multiple sclerosis (MS) in Sweden in 1998. The total cost of MS was estimated at 4 868 MSEK, meaning an annual cost of 442 500 SEK per patient. Direct costs accounted for about 67% of total cost, and direct costs were dominated by the cost of personal assistants and drugs. Indirect costs accounted for about 33% of total costs and were totally dominated by the cost of long-term sickness absence from work and early retirement. Intangible costs were estimated at 2 700 MSEK. A former Swedish study on MS for 1994, using main diagnosis to calculate costs, showed the total cost to be 1 736 MSEK. Increased disability as measured by EDSS was found to have a major impact on the cost of the disease and on quality of life. Both direct, indirect and informal care costs rose significantly with increased EDSS and were higher during a relapse. ...
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The novel findings of this study are that elderly liver cancer patients with HCs in their LML include patients receiving aggressive EOL cancer care such as ICU care, ventilator support, anticancer treatment, and a high number of admission days. Additionally, comorbidities such as CKD, esophageal varices with bleeding and receiving opioid medicine are significant independent positive predictors of HCs. However, patients with more admission times in the LML, comorbidities of ascites and hypertension were significantly negative predictors of HCs.. The cost of cancer care has increased dramatically in the past 20 years, particularly at EOL [26], thus taxing a burdened health care system. Carlson et al. reported that Medicare patients with healthcare costs greater than the 95th percentile consumed 40% of total Medicare costs from 1998 to 2002 [42]. In the current study, 212 patients (10%) had HCs (, US $5093 per person), accounting for 38.95% of the total healthcare costs of this population. Our ...
California ranks second in the nation in cases of HIV, with over 170,000 persons currently living with HIV with the direct healthcare cost to California approaching $1.8 billion annually. A curative treatment is therefore a high priority. A stem cell based therapy offers promise for this goal, by providing an inexhaustible source of protected, HIV specific immune cells that would provide constant surveillance and potential eradication of the virus in the body.. ...
Results There were 12,717 eligible patients in the primary cohort: the majority (86%) were female and the mean age was 51 years. Overall, 61% of patients had claims associated with extra-glandular disease manifestations. These patients experienced a higher disease burden with 41% reporting pain, fatigue and/or insomnia, compared with 12% of patients with glandular disease only who reported pain, fatigue and/or insomnia. Patients in the primary cohort incurred greater annual healthcare service costs (1.6 times greater for all causes and 1.5 times greater for pSS-related causes) and healthcare resource utilisation compared with the sicca-free comparator cohort. The largest difference in SS-related resource utilisation was in the number of office visits (primary cohort: 5.8 visits per patient; comparator cohort: 4.7 visits per patient). Patients with extra-glandular disease also incurred greater average annual costs and used more healthcare resources than patients with glandular disease only. ...
Excess weight is a common condition associated with an increased incidence of conditions including type-2 diabetes, vascular diseases, osteoarthritis, depression, and certain cancers, as well as with higher mortality. It is also associated with higher total healthcare spending, but the associations with different types of healthcare services are not well understood. In addition, most evidence comes from the US, with no reliable individual participant data pertaining directly to the UK. Given differences between countries in terms of healthcare organisation, delivery, and financing, and in population characteristics, it is important to generate evidence for different jurisdictions. This project summarises the existing evidence on healthcare costs in relation to body mass index, and provides novel estimates for the UK. Estimates of percentage differences in annual healthcare costs for overweight and obese adults, compared to adults at healthy weight, will be estimated, overall and separately for ...
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Employers using wellness programs are seeing a 6.1 percent average annual medical cost trend reduction and a 13.5 percent average annual medical cost trend reduction among members with core conditions, according to a recent study.
For the first time a comprehensive simulation model regarding cost estimations for HF patient treatment, including outpatient as well as inpatient care was developed. Compared to other existing models which primarily consider hospitalization cost factors, the total cost estimation is implemented in a more exact approach. Additionally the developed model takes costs of outpatient care, costs for monitoring the patients and equipment costs into account. In other studies regarding economic analyses of HF telemonitoring systems these items were considered separately, however not combined in one comprehensive work. In his review Seto concluded that most of the studies included hospitalization costs and telemonitoring equipment costs, but only one study discussed the direct impact of HF telemonitoring on expenses for the patient [11]. A consideration of the so called indirect costs for the patients, currently not implemented, seems to be an improvement of the presented model. For example travel costs ...
For example, you may want to capture certain data simply to determine what costs to build into the price of your products, or you may want to track your companys total cost of safety to show increased profitability, which would include more specific data collection like safety wages and benefits, operational costs and insurance costs.. Since measuring can be time consuming, general cost formulas are available. A Stanford study conducted by Levitt and Samuelson places safety costs at 2.5 percent of overall costs, and a study published by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) estimates general safety costs at about 8 percent of payroll.. If it is important for your organization to measure safety as it relates to profitability, more accurate tracking should be done. For measuring data, safety costs can be divided into two categories:. 1. Direct (hard) costs, which include:. o Safety wages. o Operational costs. o Insurance premiums and/or attorneys fees o Accidents and incidents. o Fines and/or ...
The high prevalence of alcohol and drug abuse and mental illness imposes a substantial financial burden on those affected and on society. The authors present estimates of the economic costs from these causes for 1985 and 1988, based on current and reliable data available from national surveys and the use of new costing methodology. The total losses to the economy related to alcohol and drug abuse and mental illness for 1988 are estimated at $273.3 billion. The estimate includes $85.8 billion for alcohol abuse, $58.3 billion for drug abuse, and $129.3 billion for mental illness. The total estimated costs for 1985, $218.1 billion, include $51.4 billion for direct treatment and support costs; $80.8 billion for morbidity costs, the value of reduced or lost productivity; $35.8 billion for mortality costs, the value of foregone future productivity for the 140,593 premature deaths associated with these disorders, based on a 6 percent discount rate and including an imputed value for housekeeping ...
Health-care costs have been steadily rising over the decades, yet many boomers are planning adequately to cover the costs in retirement.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) have a considerable impact on the health of adolescents and young adults in the United States. In 2000, an estimated nine million cases of STDs occurred among persons aged 15-24.1 In addition, STDs impose a substantial economic burden: The direct cost of STDs, including HIV, among all age-groups was estimated to be $9.3-15.5 billion in the United States in the mid-1990s, adjusted to year 2000 dollars.2
Healthcare costs are on the rise. The latest Health Trends Spending Brief from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) notes that the US spend per capita on healthcare costs has exceeded $10,000 in 2017.
The total costs of diagnosed diabetes have risen to $245 billion in 2012 from $174 billion in 2007, when the cost was last examined, says the American Diabetes Association. This figure represents a 41% increase over a 5-year period. The study, Economic Costs of Diabetes in the US in 2012, includes direct medical costs of $176 billion, which reflects costs for hospital and emergency care, office visits, and medications; and indirect medical costs totaling $69 billion. Indirect costs include absenteeism, reduced productivity, unemployment caused by diabetes-related disability, and lost productivity due to early mortality ...
The total costs of diagnosed diabetes have risen to $245 billion in 2012 from $174 billion in 2007, when the cost was last examined, says the American Diabetes Association. This figure represents a 41% increase over a 5-year period. The study, Economic Costs of Diabetes in the US in 2012, includes direct medical costs of $176 billion, which reflects costs for hospital and emergency care, office visits, and medications; and indirect medical costs totaling $69 billion. Indirect costs include absenteeism, reduced productivity, unemployment caused by diabetes-related disability, and lost productivity due to early mortality ...
Headline: Bitcoin & Blockchain Searches Exceed Trump! Blockchain Stocks Are Next!. Natural Blaze.com By Brandon Turbeville In a new study, a team of researchers set out to estimate the health cost of two chemicals in the European Union - pthalates and DDE. Both of these chemicals are known ...
Notice that the planned cost of the system forward development at the time of bid was 216,9m/4 = 54m pounds/year (rounded to the nearest million pounds). Actual cost was 216,9/5.5 = 39m pounds/year. It follows that the costs of deploying and maintaining the NERC system for each of the next 23.5 years is estimated by SE to be between 0.4 and 0.98 times as much as was budgeted per year for its forward development, and correspondingly between 0.56 and 1.36 of actual average annual outlay over the elongated forward development period. Three features of this discussion give cause for concern. First, there is a significant budget shortfall on all models, of 177m pounds (NATSs version) or at least 270m pounds (SE). Second, average annual costs of the NERC over its lifetime from here on out are at least 22m pounds (SE, unless one accepts NATSs 18% lower figure). Third, NATSs estimates for any of these figures are way more optimistic than the most optimistic estimate from SE. This reasoning concerning ...
Estimating the health-care costs of children born to pregnant smokers in England: cohort study using primary and secondary health-care ...
TY - JOUR. T1 - A flexible two-part random effects model for correlated medical costs. AU - Liu, Lei. AU - Strawderman, Robert L.. AU - Cowen, Mark E.. AU - Shih, Ya Chen T. PY - 2010/1/1. Y1 - 2010/1/1. N2 - In this paper, we propose a flexible two-part random effects model (Olsen and Schafer, 2001; Tooze et al., 2002) for correlated medical cost data. Typically, medical cost data are right-skewed, involve a substantial proportion of zero values, and may exhibit heteroscedasticity. In many cases, such data are also obtained in hierarchical form, e.g., on patients served by the same physician. The proposed model specification therefore consists of two generalized linear mixed models (GLMM), linked together by correlated random effects. Respectively, and conditionally on the random effects and covariates, we model the odds of cost being positive (Part I) using a GLMM with a logistic link and the mean cost (Part II) given that costs were actually incurred using a generalized gamma regression ...
I need help getting 250 words for the following... What are cost drivers? How do cost drivers relate to cost pools? What are some cost pools? Name two or three different cost drivers for each of these cost.
Despite the evidence demonstrating that the social and economic cost of HIV/AIDS is quite substantial, there are still areas where knowledge of this issue is scant. This review contributes in analysing the effort done in the last decade to measure the cost of illness of this disease and highlights the way forward for advancing in this area. There is a great paucity of information available on the non-medical costs incurred due to HIV/AIDS treatment. The non-medical cost components that were identified and assigned a monetary value comprised lost working time, formal and informal care, and disability payments. Although no studies of this nature have been carried out in France or Germany, research in Spain, Italy, and the United Kingdom has revealed that while these values are lower than medical-care costs, they are substantial sums nonetheless.. While there appears to be little doubt that prolonging the life expectancy of carriers of the virus who live in high-income countries increases the cost ...
Our studys biggest strength is its comprehensiveness. This explains why our results seem at variance with an American (Medicare) study that shows decreasing costs at the oldest ages.2 The American study did not include long term home care for elderly people or care in nursing and old peoples homes. It is these costs which cause the exponential increase in costs in old age. Like the American study we found that costs for acute admissions in hospital decrease at the oldest ages (figure 1). Most of these patients are already admitted to a nursing home or are too old or too ill to consider hospital admission useful. A Swedish study, which is older and less complete, showed the same results.9. Our findings correspond largely with those of our earlier study in 1988. 10 11 Studies that are more or less comparable have been published in England,3 Australia,4 and Canada.5 These studies show basically similar cost patterns but with lower shares, particularly for mental retardation and dementia. However, ...
Background and aim. Heart failure (HF) is a common condition associated with poor quality of life (QoL), high morbidity and mortality and is frequently occurring in primary health care (PHC). It involves a substantial economic burden on the health care expenditure. There are modern pharmacological treatments with evident impact on QoL, morbidity, mortality, and proved to be cost-effective. Despite this knowledge, the treatment of HF is considered somewhat insufficient. There are several HF management programmes (HFMP) showing beneficial effects but these studies is predominantly based in hospital care (HC).. The first aim of this thesis was to describe patients with HF in the PHC regarding gender differences, diagnosis, treatment and health related costs (I, II).The second aim was to evaluate whether HFMP have beneficial effects in the PHC regarding cardiac function, quality of life, health care utilization and health care-related costs (III,IV).. Methods. The initial study involved ...
article{97297b71-cb07-4379-b4dd-594c9a4bb994, abstract = {,p,Aims To describe weight-change pathways in patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) and associated healthcare costs using repeated BMI measurements and healthcare utilization data. Methods Patients with newly-diagnosed T2D with body mass index (BMI, kg/m,sup,2,/sup,) at diagnosis and subsequent measures at year 1-3 were identified. Based on three-year BMI change, patients were assigned to one of 27 BMI change pathways defined by annual BMI change: BMI↗ (≥1 BMI unit increase), BMI→ (<1 BMI unit change), and BMI↘ (≥1 BMI unit decrease). Mean annual and three-year cumulative healthcare costs were estimated for each pathway by combining Swedish unit costs with resource use from primary care and national patient registers. Results Cohort consisted of 15,819 patients; 44% women, mean age of 61 years, HbA1c of 6.7% (50 mmol/mol), BMI of 30.6 kg/m,sup,2,/sup,. Most common BMI pathways (mean costs): BMI→→→ (€5,311), BMI↘→→ ...
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President Obama campaigned on expanding access to health care. Hes still talking about that subject, but lately hes been tying it to cutting health costs. Heres why: If the U.S. expands access without reducing health costs, we will run out of money, he said at the end of his big health summit today.. If people think we can simply take everybody who is not insured and load them up in a system where costs are not under control, its not going to happen, Obama said. Thats true not only for private insurance, he argued, but for Medicare and Medicaid. In the budget blueprint he put out last week, Obama included a number of changes his administration says will save Medicare and Medicaid some $300 billion over 10 years.. Of course, that number seems a bit less impressive when you realize projected spending spending for Medicare and Medicare is projected to hit $1.4 trillion per year in a decade, up from $720 billion this year.. ...
The literature offers competing estimates of disease costs, with each study having its own data and methods. In 2007, the Dutch Center for Public Health Forecasting of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment provided guidelines that can be used to set up cost-of-illness (COI) studies, emphasising that most COI analyses have trouble accounting for comorbidity in their cost estimations. When a patient has more than one chronic condition, the conditions may interact such that the patients healthcare costs are greater than the sum of the costs for the individual diseases. The main objective of this work was to estimate the costs of 10 non-communicable diseases when their co-occurrence is acknowledged and properly assessed. The French Echantillon Généraliste de Bénéficiaires (EGB) database was used to assign all healthcare expenses for a representative sample of the population covered by the National Health Insurance. COIs were estimated in a bottom-up approach, through regressions
Paying for adequate health care has always been a major cost of living, but recent years have seen soaring medical costs for many Americans. An increased focus on precautionary testing and the proliferation of expensive procedures such as MRI scanning have contributed significantly to this trend. A modern MRI scanner can cost $1.8 million or more, and a state-of-the-art PET/CT scanner can cost $2.5 million and up.. However, prescription-drug costs have drawn the most attention. Drug costs have long placed a heavy burden on ailing seniors, cancer patients and others, but many prescription drugs have lately seen stratospheric price spikes. Drug companies typically claim that the high costs of writing off failed development efforts, conducting ongoing research projects and complying with onerous regulatory requirements have forced them to raise prices for their limited portfolios of commercially successful, FDA-approved products.. An investigation launched in late 2014 by the U.S. House of ...
1 INTRODUCTION. Injuries, occupational diseases, and illnesses related to work are negative consequences of human work activities. They represent a significant social and economic burden on individuals, employers, and society. For individuals, the effect is not just the physical pain and suffering, but is also the loss of part of a salary and the inability to maintain a standard of living.. Employers have significant costs associated with occupational injuries, diseases, and death. There are direct costs (payments to be made in cases of injury and illness of workers) and indirect costs (through the absence from work of injured or ill workers; other employees having to stop work because of accidents; and reduced production). According to a study conducted at Stanford University, indirect costs are 1.1 (for the most serious injuries) to 4.5 (for minor injuries) times greater than the direct costs [1].. Worldwide, every day more than 12 workers die on the job (more than 4,500 a year), and every ...
We describe the immediate- and longer-term direct medical costs of care for individuals diagnosed with HIV at CD4 counts <350/mm|sup|3|/sup| (
Despite all the negative news about the state of retirement savings, 48% of us didnt save more in 2018… and 13% of us actually saved less.. The shortfall isnt just about money - its about our health too.. A new research report about leveraging your health to drive 401(k) contributions says you can boost your retirement savings to the tune of $100,000 or more simply by making better health choices.. The research indicates that people who take their healthcare seriously make better financial decisions and have more money to save.. High blood pressure - the plague of so many of us gray hairs - isnt taken seriously by most. Twenty percent of those diagnosed with it dont take their medication, and 50% stop taking it within six months.. But if people with hypertension take their medication, they can realize as much as $2,000 per year in savings on healthcare costs and add three to eight years to their life.. Between the ages of 50 and 85, thats $70,000 in savings.. Type 2 diabetes and high ...
The medication cost of sulfonylureas is less than that of other medications (except metformin); the medication costs of regular and NPH insulin are less than those of the insulin analogs. However, when one considers morbidity, mortality, and costs of emergency room visits and hospitalizations due to hypoglycemia, use of sulfonylureas is more expensive than the other classes of medications. Similarly, use of regular and NPH insulins have ultimately a larger total cost than insulin analogs due to hypoglycemia. The cost of insulin, oral agents, and diabetic supplies is only 12.1% of the total annual cost of diabetes-related expenses for patients with diabetes (Table 9 in ref. [5]). ...
More than half (60%) of respondents over 50 years old said they were worried they would have to delay their retirement, possibly because of the impact of government policies or a lack of savings to cover health-care costs, according to the Investopedia report. This can serve as a lesson for millennials. Health-care costs might be dangerously underestimated - today, a couple might need $350,000 to pay for most of their health-care costs. Not everyone can afford their health care - more people have had trouble paying for their health insurance since 2015, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, and theyre putting off taking care of themselves: 27% of the public said they or a family member have delayed necessary health care because it was too expensive, with another 23% saying they skipped a medical test or treatment and 21% didnt fill a prescription ...
Elisabeth Rosenthal has continued her series on healthcare costs, Paying Til It Hurts, in the New York Times (12/16, Rosenthal), focusing this time on echo. The article labels echo as a stable technology that hasnt changed much in decades and plagued by a healthcare pricing system that has wide price disparities. Some ASE members were interviewed during her research and Dr. David Wiener, chairman of the Advocacy Committee of ASE, is quoted in the article, which states in part: He attributed the variations to multiple factors, including how many hospitals and doctors perform the procedure, state regulations and the need to subsidize poorly reimbursed services. Needless to say, many of the things cited in the article are inaccurate (echo has had major advancements in the past 20 years with color, Doppler, STI, strain, 3-D, TEE, stress, etc.) and/or misleading (cardiologists do not order most echo testing, for instance) and ASE has written a response that can be viewed on [email protected] to the ...
Breakthroughs in pharmaceutical innovation are poised to change the prevailing business model of the industry - with dramatic effects on healthcare costs and practice.
She expressed optimism that the capacity of medical personnel would be up scaled, saying that their aim was to ascertain healthcare needs of the state with a view to offering help or assistance.. She said that the partnership with Delta was due to the fact that the state has a model that is already operational, but however, pointed out that the company has its focus on the entire country.. She described diabetes and hypertension as major public health concern because they impose significant economic burdens on governments, patients and care-givers.. However, it has also been established that proper disease awareness and good quality of care often lead to very positive outcomes for these conditions.. Access to quality care remains a critical need in our environment, she said.. Odediran further said that the company would be working in collaboration with stakeholders to empower people and healthcare practitioners with the right disease information and capacity to effectively manage the ...
Efforts to eliminate excessive and unnecessary testing and procedures with no demonstrated impact on outcomes are an initial step leadership teams can take to better control costs. Providers should (re)deploy resources to close care gaps among high-cost, high-risk patients and ensure proper care coordination protocols are established and adhered to.. Increasingly complex administrative processes warrant new approaches to organizational management that move beyond siloed structures. Collectively understanding payer-negotiated pricing versus actual care delivery costs is vital to avoiding pricing failures. Reviewing denial causes within the organization is one way providers can target improvement initiatives in this area.. 2) Provide an accurate view of cost at the case level. To enhance healthcare organizations ability to accurately predict care delivery costs, episodic performance data should be used to quantify total cost of care for each patient. Leadership teams should analyze historical ...
Will reform impact health care cost? It will but whether it will drive cost up or down is yet to be determined. The cost of medical care is driven by provider decisions/determinations (in error between 30% and 50% of the time) and patient wants/desires (usually unrelated to needs or what medical science can deliver). Insurance companies call this the medical loss ratio. It is about 80% of the total cost of care. The remaining 20% is the cost of insurance administration. For Medicare and Medicaid this cost is about 3% as administration (claims processing) has been turned into a commodity rather than a profit center. If the people (the government is supposed to be by the people) acknowledge that health care is a right then the logical way to proceed is to expand Medicare/Medicaid for all. The total health care cost would be cut by 17%. Insurance companies would still be in the business of processing claims but would not be in the business of supporting the excessive overhead of marketing, ...
Obesity Needs To Be Treated as a Disease By Patricia Reaney ATHENS (Reuters) - Obesity, which already affects more than 300 million people and an alarming number of children, must be recognized and treated as a disease with deadly complications, a leading expert said on Wednesday. Up to 8 percent of total healthcare costs in some Western countries are attributable to obesity and related problems. It is a leading cause of preventable death -- so shedding excess weight is not just