New blog with information and insights on health care management by William Matzner MD
In his Blog, Dr. William L. Matzner reviews the significant forces that in the last several years have been changing the way healthcare has and will continue to be delivered
Measuring the effectiveness of health and wellness programs using Cost Effectiveness Analysis is of crucial importance in the health care sector. In his Blog, Dr. Matzner reviews the significant forces that in the last several years have been changing the way healthcare has and will continue to be delivered. The emergence of more unique ways to deliver care such as clinics incorporated into businesses and factories, the increased use of mid-level providers (nurse practitioners & physician assistants), the increase integration of technologies such as telemedicine and robotics and the shift from interventional reimbursement to outcomes reimbursement are just a few examples.
Compounding these are the ever-increasing costs of healthcare, the strain of funding Medicare on the U.S. economy, and the complications of insurance and healthcare payments under the affordable care act, ACA.
This has led to changes in how businesses intend to interface with the healthcare system going forward. CVS's acquisition of Aetna will try to leverage healthcare delivery through their pharmacy structure. United Healthcare's acquisition of DaVita hopes to leverage cost containment and resource control by directly controlling physicians. And the recently announced collaboration among Berkshire Hathaway, Amazon and J.P. Morgan Chase presents a yet unknown structure whose stated goals is improved quality and less cost. How they will implement their strategy is yet to emerge.
The big question then with these new ventures are how do organizations know what works financially and how do they track performance. In other words, how does one you track, measure and value the relationships between cost and outcomes? How can the analyst measure which methods(s) may generate better or best outcomes?
While there are no perfect answers, Dr. Matzner will offer his experience and insight on his blog.
As the delivery of effective yet profitable, or at least cost effective, healthcare becomes more challenging, methods for evaluating treatments and programs become more necessary if not essential. Methods must be implemented to evaluate these new treatments and programs once they are in place so adjustments can be made. CEA enable organizations to both initially evaluate and subsequently monitor new methods and programs in a meaningful way.
Dr. Matzner's blog is available at available at https://drwilliammatzner.blogspot.com
About William L. Matzner, M.D., PhD, FACP
Dr. William Lee Matzner works in the area of healthcare economics consulting at Healthcare Analytics, LLC, in California. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University. He received his M.D. with Honors from Baylor College of Medicine. In 1988, he was the Solomon Scholar for Resident Research at Cedar Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Matzner subsequently was awarded a PhD in Neuro Economics from Claremont Graduate University. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Palliative Medicine. He has researched and published extensively on the issue of reproduction and immunology in medical literature. He has been in private practice since 1989, specializing in Reproductive Immunology and Internal medicine.
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