David Harlow quoted in AMA American Medical News story on daily deal websites

Groupon, LivingSocial and other daily deal websites are being used by health care providers — though thus far mostly by those that are not covered by traditional commercial or governmental health insurance (e.g., dental, chiropractic, acupuncture services).  Read the American Medical News story on Groupon, where I was quoted, and please take a look at […]

Grand Rounds Vol. 5, No. 37: The June Is Bustin' Out All Over Edition

June is bustin' out all over . . . .  Lord knows my nose knows it, thanks to all the pollen in the air these days.  Check out the classic movie rendition of this set piece (well worth the eight-minute investment), let your coffee and/or antihistamines kick in, and then let's dive into the past […]

Retail Health Clinic Summit: Can we get there from here?

At one of the pre-summit workshops yesterday, Tom Charland (ex-MinuteClinic exec and now consultant) channeled Clay Christensen (Mr. Disruptive Innovation) for a while and laid it on the line: unless retail clinics find a way to beef up off-season volume for at least 5-6 years, they may be dead in the water.  In that time, […]

Dan Greden, head of eHealth Product Management at Aetna, speaks with David Harlow about PHRs and patient engagement

Dan Greden, Head of eHealth Product Management at Aetna, spoke with HealthBlawg last week about Aetna's PHR system, its above-average rate of adoption by members, and the benefits that it provides to members, clinicians and ultimate payors. The audio file of my interview with Dan Greden (about 30 minutes long) is available for download/podcast. A […]

Massachusetts Health Care Quality and Cost Council: Quality and cost transparency or veils?

One of the much-ballyhooed (and predictably delayed and diluted) innovations of the 2006 Massachusetts health care reform and universal access law is the development of an online resource providing cost and quality data in a consumer-friendly format.  MyHealthCareOptions debuted last week (see HCQCC press release).  After taking it for a spin, I must express my […]

CMS releases final 2008 IPPS (Medicare inpatient prospective payment system) rule for hospitals

CMS released its final rule on the 2008 Medicare hospital inpatient prospective payment system yesterday.  It will be published in the Federal Register August 22.  The CMS press release says: The IPPS payment reforms would restructure the inpatient diagnosis-related groups (DRGs) to account more fully for the severity of each patient’s condition. In addition, the […]