With videoconferencing, text messaging, email, and the good old phone call, a treatment method that “spent many years in the desert” has now reached an oasis of acceptance—and savings may result.
ICUs are expensive, intensivists in short supply. Bringing telemedicine to the ICU may help the situation, but doubts linger about what that will achieve.
When infusion therapy, for example, is given at home—a less costly setting—both patient comfort and health plans’ bottom lines benefit. But if hospitals buy up all the practices, payers may lose the chance to save.
Health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) have fewer rules, but health savings accounts (HSAs) create more of an incentive to shop for health care.
Court challenges have failed. Repeal bills will be vetoed. The next major chapter in the ACA’s history may depend on who wins the White House next year.
Health insurers’ capability to gather and create data far outstrips their ability to analyze the information and put it to use. Progress is being made.