Investments Planned in Areas Such as Technology Amid Growing Concerns over Product Protection, Global Regulatory Environment
ATLANTA, Sept. 17, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Changing regulatory environments, new customer demands around the globe, challenges around product security and increasingly complex products are driving healthcare executives to make strategic supply chain investments, according to findings from the sixth annual UPS “Pain in the (Supply) Chain” healthcare survey, conducted by TNS. New technology investments and go-to-market models are top of mind as healthcare executives drive business and logistics transformations to meet evolving industry needs.
Accountable Care Organizations, ACOs, are at the center of the new Affordable Care Act. This healthcare business model bases insurance payments to healthcare providers on the quality of care they deliver, not the traditional fees-for-service. Skeptics have questioned the projected savings, but now, there are hard numbers to prove that ACO’s can deliver lower costs and increased profits. The CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield program that covers one million members in Maryland, northern Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
I was recently on a call with a large national US Health funder who asked us the question, “Where is the field of collective impact in healthcare headed?” This question gave me pause, and while I don’t have a crystal ball to project the future, I do have a sense that there is huge opportunity for collective impact in the healthcare space and that opportunity is only growing.
New guidelines for transparency in the health sector are taking effect as part of the Affordable Care Act. The “Sunshine Act” provision now requires pharmaceutical and medical device companies to report payments and gifts to doctors. The data will be posted on a public Web site implemented by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, starting in the fall of 2014. Each year, drug companies pay hundreds of millions of dollars in fees and gifts to doctors. Pfizer, the biggest company by sales, paid $173 million dollars to health care professionals in 2012.
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It’s no accident that the Affordable Care Act includes the term “affordable” instead of “accessible,” the other major feature of the comprehensive health policy. Better access to preventive health care would seem to follow from affordability. It was the cost of health care that inspired the new policy in the first place. U.S. health care costs total over 17 percent of our GDP, compared to 11 percent for Canada, and 9 percent for the 34 countries of the OECD. But a closer look at the economics of health care reveals a more complex picture.
The first of six planned mobile clinics equipped with Skype-like video screens to link dermatologists to disadvantaged children hit the road in Miami in July.
In the coming months, Dallas, Detroit, New York, Phoenix and San Francisco will launch similar mobile telemedicine clinics.
The effort is believed to be the largest to combine mobile clinics and advanced technology to allow patients to see and talk to physicians remotely in real time, said Jonathan Linkous, CEO of the American Telemedicine Assn.