Healthcare’s Smartest Investment Ever

Healthcare’s Smartest Investment Ever

You probably cringe when you see reports showing that Americans aren’t getting any healthier for the $3 trillion currently being spent on care. Reasons behind the weak return on investment include all the usual suspects: waste, poor patient engagement, administrative...
Interoperable Claims Data: Not Just a Pie in the Sky

Interoperable Claims Data: Not Just a Pie in the Sky

Among all the healthcare stakeholders, payers capture the most data. Their giant claims processing machines gather up information from the entire provider community, not just a single silo. Their patient records also contain a universe of clinical info that is...
Bay State Fits Food into the Continuum of Care

Bay State Fits Food into the Continuum of Care

Massachusetts is among the more aggressive innovators when it comes to healthcare, and is one of just a dozen states implementing a Medicaid ACO model. We’ll be curious to see how providers integrate social determinants of health into their value-based plans —...
Patients Get Creative to Get What They Want

Patients Get Creative to Get What They Want

Necessity is the mother of invention, according to ancient Greek philosopher Plato. But we might argue that wants — not just needs or necessities — are giving rise to a wave of new inventions in healthcare’s opportunity era. In other words, consumers need good care,...
A Netflix Model for Hep C

A Netflix Model for Hep C

We’re keeping a close eye on the ingenious “Netflix model” two states are launching to pay for hepatitis C drugs. It certainly has some implications for how a Smart Health Market might approach rising drug spend. Earlier this year, Louisiana and Washington announced...