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Healthcare Costs Resume Their Upward Climb

Although it was nice while it lasted, a multi-year slowdown in the growth of healthcare costs came to an end in 2015 with overall costs increasing 5.8% and spending by private insurers increasing 7.2 %.  A December 2nd report by U.S.News, in addition to citing the above, points out that these are the largest increases in the last 8 […] Read Article

Which Colorado hospitals get high and low scores for safety?

Nearly one-third of participating Colorado hospitals received the highest grade possible for safety practices in a recent report from The Leapfrog Group, a national consumer-health watchdog organization. Fourteen of the 43 hospitals that Leapfrog examined received an “A” grade for their ability to protect patients from accidents, injuries and infections, while another 17 received a […] Read Article

Side Effects: The role of the PBM

They certainly don’t carry the same brand recognition as Coca-Cola, McDonalds, or even pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, but last year the largest pharmacy benefit manager in the country reported nearly as much revenue as those three companies combined. With $102 billion in revenue in 2015, Express Scripts Inc. is a giant in the pharmaceutical supply chain […] Read Article

YVMC grade improves from C to A on new report

Yampa Valley Medical Center was one of 14 Colorado hospitals to receive an A in the Fall 2016 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, released last week by the national nonprofit watchdog The Leapfrog Group in collaboration with the Colorado Business Group on Health. According to a news release, the hospital, which received a C grade in […] Read Article

Employers Embracing Value-Based Care! Read More..

According to a recent article in Modern Healthcare, more and more employers are beginning to understand and support the notion of “value-based” health care by pursuing one or more of three key strategies: Value-based reimbursements.  Rather than relying on traditional fee-for-service payments, more employers want to use new payment models such as bundled payments. Centers of excellence.  WillisTowers […] Read Article

Healthcare’s Value Problem Part Two: Getting at the Root Cause

By Bob Smith, Associate Director, CBGH   In Part One of our three-part blog on healthcare’s value problem we argue that, in order to avoid coming to the conclusion that they are helpless in the face of healthcare’s intimidating complexity, employers – who finance our commercial health market – we must separate results from causes […] Read Article

Health Care’s Value Problem Part One: Distinguishing Results and Causes

By Bob Smith, Associate Director, CBGH   In 2016, an employer-sponsored PPO (preferred provider organization) health plan for an American family of four costs $25,826 on average – an eye-popping three-fold increase over 2001 when it was $8,414. That is the key finding recently released in the medical index report assembled by Milliman, a global consulting actuary.  But […] Read Article

Employers Need to Know About Pre-Diabetes and the Risks!

Take a moment to think about your employees. Picture them coming to work each day, conducting business, making progress towards goals, achieving outcomes and completing projects.  Now think about your employees again in this context:  it’s likely that 1 in 3 of them is pre-diabetic and at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. This could […] Read Article

Hospital “Never Events” Policies

One in Five U.S. Hospitals Fail to Adopt Crucial “Never Events” Policies 60% of Colorado Hospitals either do not have a policy or failed to report “Never Events” are hospital incidents such as: objects left inside patients after surgery, deaths from medication errors, deaths or serious injuries from falls, and surgeries performed on the wrong […] Read Article