e-CareManagement blog

Chronic Disease Management • Technology • Strategy • Issues and Trends

Archive for the "Make/Assemble/Buy?" category

Hospital Readmissions Avoidance “Programs” — Vendors and Hospitals Not All On the Same Wavelength

Last week I attended and participated in an excellent conference — the National Reducing Hospital Readmissions Forum sponsored by World Research Group. One of my main take aways is to observe a simple — yet huge — difference in mindset between hospital executives and vendors. Over the past few months I’ve heard many vendors with diverse health care […]

Continue reading


Book Review: Good Health is Good Business

My colleague Dr. Dave Rearick asked me to review his recent book, Good Health is Good Business.  I’m pleased to recommend it enthusiastically. While the book is targeted at small to medium size employers, the lessons go far beyond this audience. By the end of the 3rd chapter, Dr. Rearick had convinced me of two conclusions that I’d […]

Continue reading


How Will the HMO Stock Meltdown Affect Chronic Disease Management?

About three weeks ago Cain Brothers Investment Bankers released a report that foreshadowed the collapse of HMO stock prices that has occurred over the past few days.  The report was entitled: FAREWELL TO A TIME OF PLENTY? Health Plan Strategies for Growth in a More Challenging Market.  Here are a few highlights from the report: Tags: care management, disease management, […]

Continue reading


The PowerPoint — DM Megatrends 2008

Last week I did the major annual tune-up of my presentation on Disease Management Megatrends for the MCOL Future Care Web Summit.  I’m pleased to share a copy of the PowerPoint presentation with you, and I hope you find it useful and provocative.  You can view and/or download a copy here (6MB).  This version contains 77 slides, which […]

Continue reading


Podcast: The 20 Minute Version of “DM Megatrends”

Over the past week I’ve been doing a major tune-up of my presentation on Disease Management Megatrends for the annual MCOL Future Care Web Summit.  More typically, DM Megatrends is 45–90 minute presentation with accompanying PowerPoint slides. As part of the Web Summit, the good folks at MCOL asked me to do a short podcast on highlights of […]

Continue reading


United’s Move to Fine Physicians: The Other POV

Joe Paduda at the Managed Care Matters blog makes some great counterpoints defending United Health’s moves threatening to fine doctors for making out-of-network lab referrals.  I recommend that you read his essay and his readers comments. In my posting from a couple days ago — Doctors and Health Plans: Can Care Management Opportunities Reconcile the Hatfields and […]

Continue reading


Doctors and Health Plans: Can Care Management Opportunities Reconcile the Hatfields and the McCoys?

I’m going to try something different in this blog posting. I’d like to introduce a fairly open-ended issue that 1) is of great importance, and 2) is highly debatable.   I’ll be the first to admit that my thinking about this is half baked. Here’s the issue. Over the coming years, will health plans and doctors: Continue […]

Continue reading