Page 4 of 28
Previous Page     Next Page        Smaller fonts | Larger fonts     Go back to the flash version

● Viewpoint

Preventing the ‘Triple Fail’

By Phil Colpas, Managing Editor

Most of us by now have heard of the so-called “Triple Aim,” the term used to describe the three-pronged goal of worldwide healthcare: better health and better care at lower cost. T e April issue of Health Aff airs, a leading journal of health policy thought and research, explores the pos- sibilities of a “Triple Fail” among high-income countries, especially the United States. In other words, worse health and worse care at higher cost. And it’s not diffi cult to see how this worst-case scenario could become

reality. Health: A recent study by the International Association for the Study of

Obesity (IASO) states there are more overweight and obese people around the world than the entire population of China (which, by the way, is more than 1.3 billion people). Care: Nearly half of all working-age U.S. adults went without health insurance for an extended period of time last year or had out-of-pocket costs that were so high relative to their income they were considered un- derinsured, according to the Commonwealth Fund 2012 Biennial Health Insurance Survey. Cost: A Health Aff airs study, by Panos Kanavos of the London School

of Economics and Political Science and coauthors, states drug prices in the United States were between 5 percent and nearly 200 percent higher than in the other nations studied. “A key contributing factor is that the United States takes up use of new and more expensive prescription drugs faster than other countries,” the article states. T e authors recommend that the U.S. institute new procedures that would require pharmaceutical manufacturers to provide more evidence about the value of new drugs in relation to the cost before use of such drugs is reimbursed. (And – just a thought – but wouldn’t this also reduce the number of lawsuits?) No matter your political ideology, one thing is very clear: T e healthcare system in this country is beyond broken. Take, for example, the average individual working a full-time job with health insurance partially covered by his or her employer. Even if the employer is paying half the premium, it is likely the employee is paying about $300 a month just for coverage; doctors’ appointments, procedures, medication all are extra. If the job is lost, most cannot aff ord Cobra coverage, even for a brief period of time. An individual policy is likely not an option either, because it’s cost-prohibitive, or the applicant will be refused because of pre-existing conditions. (T e latter will supposedly cease to become an issue in January 2014, but we have yet to see what costs will be.) T e optimistic view is that the Hippocratic Oath will eventually

trump greed. Where does healthcare IT fi t into this ugly puzzle? By bringing costs

down and – hopefully – eventually passing that savings on to the consumer. For now, we have to wait and see how healthcare reform plays out. So stay tuned – and keep your fi ngers crossed.

T

Healthcare Information Systems Solutions since 1980 Publisher/ Executive Editor

ECHNOLOGY Health Management www.healthmgttech.com Kristine Russell krussell@healthmgttech.com

EDITORIAL Managing Editor Phil Colpas

(941) 388-7050 ext. 124 pcolpas@healthmgttech.com

Associate Editor Mike Foley

(941) 388-7050 ext. 114 mfoley@npcomm.com

CREATIVE DIRECTOR Geoffrey Smith

PRINT/WEB COORDINATOR Tom Goodson

ADVERTISING SALES West James Kochevar (720) 530-7161 Direct (303) 451-1909 Fax jkochevar@npcomm.com

East SERVICES

Single Back Issues/ Rosemarie Chiaramonte Subscriptions (941) 388-7050 ext. 100 rchiaramonte@npcomm.com

Reprints Deborah Beebe

(941) 388-7050 ext. 127 dbeebe@npcomm.com

List Rentals/ Laura Moulton

Ad Contracts Manager lmoulton@npcomm.com Ad Traffic Manager Kathleen Shook

kshook@npcomm.com

eProduct Coordinator Mary Haberstroh mhaberstroh@npcomm.com

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD CareGroup John D. Halamka, M.D., CIO

Healthcare System,

Harvard Medical School, Chair of HITSP Cleveland Clinic C. Martin Harris, M.D., CIO Elsevier Jonathan Teich, M.D., CMIO

Senior VP Finance, Chrissy Yamada, CFO

Evergreen Healthcare Clinical Systems Manager, Pamela Shedd, RN Springhill Medical Center New Mexico Bob Mayer, CIO

James Russell - Managing Director NP Communications, LLC. 2477 Stickney Point Rd., Suite 221B Sarasota, FL 34231 Phone: (941) 388-7050 Fax: (941) 388-7490

nP Communications, LLC Printed in the USA.

HEALTH MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY (ISSN: 1074- 4770). Published monthly by NP Communications, LLC., 2477 Stickney Point Rd., Suite 221B Sarasota, FL 34231, (941) 388-7050. Subscription rates: $105.60 per year in the United States; $129.80 Canada/ Mexico; International subscriptions are $190.30 per year. Current single copies (if available) are $15.40 each (U.S), and $19.80 each (international). Back issues (if available) are $17.60 each (U.S.) and $22 each (International). Payment must be made in U.S. funds on a branch of a U.S. bank within the continental United States and accompany request. Subscription inquiries: subscriptions@npcomm.com. Title® registered U.S. Patent Office. Copyright© 2013 by NP Communications, LLC., All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any information storage-and-retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher.

Office of publication: Periodicals Postage Paid at Sarasota, FL 34231, and at additional mailing offices. Postmaster: Send address changes to Health

Management Technology, 2477 Stickney Point Rd., Suite 221B Sarasota, FL 34231.

2 May 2013 HEALTH MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY www.healthmgttech.com

www.healthmgttech.com Health Management Technology content is also available from PROQUEST Information and Learning, 300 N. Zeeb Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48106 USA, (313) 761-4700. Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (978) 750-8400.

Publishers of this magazine assume no responsibility for statements made by their advertisers in business competition, nor do they assume responsibility for statements/opinions expressed or implied in the columns of this magazine.

Department of Health Covisint David Miller, CSO

Gregg Willinger (914) 293-0429

gwillinger@healthmgttech.com

Previous arrowPrevious Page     Next PageNext arrow        Smaller fonts | Larger fonts     Go back to the flash version
1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6  |  7  |  8  |  9  |  10  |  11  |  12  |  13  |  14  |  15  |  16  |  17  |  18  |  19  |  20  |  21  |  22  |  23  |  24  |  25  |  26  |  27  |  28