BOSTON– October 16, 2012: During August and September 2012, Payer+Provider Syndicate spent a lot of time thinking about Accountable Care Organizations, hospital mergers, and wellness initiatives. The transition to provider risk-bearing has caused hospitals to consider merging and to seek to better understand the drivers of their financial and medical performance. Dr. Adam Powell spoke with reporters to discuss Steward Health Care’s plan to buy Mercy Hospital and Prime Healthcare’s plan to buy Lower Bucks Hospital. The first article appeared within the online and print editions of the Healthcare Finance News newsletter, while the second was syndicated to NBC News. Dr. Powell subsequently spoke to healthcare leaders at the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium about how analytics can be used to improve performance within ACOs. As was summarized by SearchHealthIT, the talk stated that ACOs will be able to gain a competitive advantage by having a better understanding of cost accounting and by improving the performance of factors driving health outcomes. As improving wellness is one of the key ways in which ACOs can reduce their costs, Dr. Powell provided insights into a series of articles quantifying the impact of wellness interventions published by dailyRx. The articles discussed the financial impact of interventions related to smoking, weight loss, dialysis, substance abuse treatment, and chronic pain management. dailyRx also wrote an article highlighting Payer+Provider’s findings on the negative impact of provider fatigue on claim quality.
Other Payer+Provider experts have recently been featured in the news as well. Dr. Michael Housman spoke on NPR’s Marketplace about how analytics can be applied to workforce decisions. Meanwhile, Dr. Ashwin Patel was featured in an article describing how hospitals have been working to forge closer relationships with women in the wake of healthcare reform. As Payer+Provider Syndicate is a recognized leader in assessing healthcare markets and the return on investment (ROI) of wellness interventions, numerous media outlets have relied upon Payer+Provider’s opinions when substantiating their articles.
The 2nd Edition of The Business of Healthcare Innovation, edited by Lawton Robert Burns, is now available in print. The book provides an overview of the innovative sectors fueling improvements in healthcare: pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, platform technology, medical devices and information technology. As the President of Payer+Provider Syndicate, Adam C. Powell, Ph.D. contributed a chapter on health information technology to the book, complementary copies were delivered to Payer+Provider Syndicate headquarters.
While witnessing the arrival of a textbook may not be as exciting as unboxing a new iPad, this was no ordinary book delivery. As The Business of Healthcare Innovation is published by Cambridge University Press, our copies were sent straight from England.
This large sack arrived at the doorstep of Payer+Provider headquarters, and we must admit it seemed a bit creepy at first. It’s not every day that the postman drops off a plasticized burlap sack from the Swiss Post.
Upon seeing that the sack contained printed matter, we were relieved, as we realized what had arrived.
It turns out that the large burlap sack contained a small box.
At last, Dr. Adam Powell got to see his chapter on health IT in print!
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BOSTON– August 15, 2012: July 2012 was a great media month for Payer+Provider Syndicate. The month began with an article in Becker’s ASC Review by Taryn Tawoda in which Adam C. Powell, Ph.D. was interviewed about means for reducing patient no-shows and non-compliance in surgery centers. A week later, Steff Deschenes of Healthcare Finance News interviewed Dr. Powell about the ways that telemedicine is reducing the cost of healthcare. The article got a lot of attention and was featured on mHIMSS, Healthcare IT News, and a number of blogs. Later, Kathleen Roney of Becker’s Hospital Review featured Dr. Powell in an article on managing cultural change following a hospital merger or acquisition. The month concluded with William Hudson of CNN quoting Dr. Powell in an article on health insurance rebates.
BOSTON– August 8, 2012: David L. McLain, Ph.D. has joined Payer+Provider Syndicate’s panel of experts. Dr. McLain has expertise in project modeling and measurement, healthcare strategy, and decision making. Dr. McLain is an Assistant Professor of Management and Marketing at the State University of New York, and has over two decades of experience in science, engineering, and research.
PHILADELPHIA– July 20, 2012: Di Wu, B.Pharm., Ph.D., FCP, is now editor-in-chief of the Sino-American Pharmaceutical Professionals Association-Greater Philadelphia (SAPA-GP) Newsmagazine. The Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in New York is one of the newsmagazine’s sponsors. The newsmagazine features interviews with pharmaceutical executives, commentary on scientific research, and information on recent collaborations forged by SAPA-GP. The most recent issue contains interviews with Jingren Xu, CEO of Yangtze River Pharmaceutical Group, Dr. Steven Yang of AstraZeneca, and Dr. Peng Wang, CSO of Simcere. In addition to serving as editor of the newsmagazine, Dr. Wu contributed articles on international issues of pediatric pharmacotherapy and the design of pediatric clinical trials for oncology drugs. As Payer+Provider Syndicate is a U.S.-based firm serving both the American and Chinese markets, collaborating with transnational professional groups such as the Sino-American Pharmaceutical Professionals Association plays an essential role in forging international bridges.