Kaiser Forges a Retail Partnership with Target Stores, Expansion Underway in CA
This week in healthcare, researchers dig into physician perceptions of payment reform, Kaiser opens clinics in Target stores, and analysts predict major healthcare trends of 2015.
This week Kaiser opened its fourth in-store clinic in partnership with four Target stores in California. Kaiser and other analysts say that “what is new with this latest development is how the Kaiser-Target arrangement may affect not just the two parties and their members-customers, but also the wider health plan marketplace.”
In the ongoing quest for payment reform, two researchers are seeking to understand physician attitudes towards payment reform in Massachusetts. “Two Northeastern University faculty members at the Center for Health Policy and Healthcare Research began a pilot study this fall in which they interview physicians and staff at about 10 practices in Massachusetts that are part of the New England Quality Care Alliance, according to a post from the university.” One researcher said that the goal of the study was “trying to peer into the black box of practice-level behavior to identify how mindsets change in response to being paid in new and different ways, and what this change means for patient care.”
In this article, the Wall Street Journal profiles a group of “super-survivors”, many of whom have benefited and survived longer due to experimental immunotherapy treatments. According to David Lane, the scientific director of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in New York, ““It’s the most exciting thing I’ve ever seen. It’s the long-term survival of people who have advanced disease. This is very unusual.”
Looking towards the new year, PricewaterhouseCoopers has shared its list of predictions for 7 major healthcare trends that will emerge in 2015. Included on the list are an increased focus on transparency, “DIY” healthcare on apps and mobile devices, and that “privacy will lose ground to convenience in 2015”.
Though less turbulent than this time last year, when Healthcare.gov was struggling to launch, this fall and winter has still brought some rocky times for Obamacare, especially in the PR department. Still ahead, HHS is working to meet its goal of 2 million new enrollees by the end of February 2015, even though “the three-month window — about half as long as last year — is proceeding while the back-end of HealthCare.gov remains partly unfinished.”
Last week lawmakers from both sides of the aisle found themselves in rare agreement as they discussed the need to renew funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), whose current funding expires in 2015. “The question now,” writes The Hill, “is whether lawmakers will approve CHIP funding at its current rate and whether policy changes will be part of the extension.” Also up for discussion is whether the CHIP program should be absorbed into Obamacare, and if so, how.
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