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Are Epiphanies the Key to Fixing Healthcare?

Extrinsic Rewards Can Create An “Epiphany” to Unlock Intrinsic Motivations
Perhaps epiphanies are the key to fixing the healthcare system.  In an ideal world consumers would engage in healthy behaviors without any need for extrinsic rewards or other engagement tools and behavioral economic levers.  Unfortunately, for many reasons, most consumers simply do not. If we could […]

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Health Reward Stat of the Day – Feb 11

Who is getting hit with meaningful use penalties?

257,000 of the 537,600 professionals eligible for meaningful use incentives received a penalty
200 of the 4,993 hospitals eligible for meaningful use incentives were penalized since Oct. 1, 2014.
55,000 eligible professionals out of 57,000 applicants were approved for hardship exemptions.

http://www.ihealthbeat.org/picture-of-health/2015/how-many-eligible-professionals-hospitals-are-being-hit-with-medicare-meaningful-use-penalties

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Health Reward Stat of the Day – Feb 4

According to the Towers Watson report entitled “Optimizing Employers’ Health Program Performance – Insights From the 2014 Health Care Changes Ahead Survey”:

87% of employers report health care benefits will be a key part of their total rewards package and employee value proposition in 2015.
Total per-employee costs are expected to average $13,037 – with the employers’ share $10,233 and the employees’ share $2,804.

file:///Users/michael.dermer/Downloads/Towers-Watson-Healthcare-Changes-Ahead-Infographic.pdf

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Rewards Help Majority of Consumers Overcome Health Data Concerns

For consumers, the new digital health lifestyle comes with one string attached: They may be required to share a lot more personal information so the issue of digital trust has come to the forefront. The reality for consumers is that their personalized health data not only has value to them but also to health plans, health […]

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Health Reward Stat of the Day – Jan 9

Advisory Board estimates that 95% of hospitals expected to attest to stage 2 meaningful use are prepared to so before year end. CMS advises that >250,000 physicians will be subject to penalties with 10% of them also subject to 2% penalties for not using electronic prescribing.

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Legislative History of Health Rewards – We’ve Come a Long Way

Today, financial rewards for driving patient and provider behavior have become a foundational element of any behavior change initiative. Virtually every segment of the healthcare community is deploying rewards in an effort to reduce cost, improve health, and in the case of health plans and health systems, drive loyalty and retention.  In the mid 2000s […]

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Health Reward Stat of the Day – Jan 7

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation annual report on HIT in the US shows continued rising adoption of EHRs by healthcare providers:

Hospital adoption of EHR. Adoption quadrupled in 2013 to 58.9% over 2010 when incentives were implemented. 63.8% of eligible hospitals received meaningful use EHR incentives, up from 45.4 percent in 2011.

Changes in Hospital Adoption of Basic […]

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Health Reward Stat of the Day – Jan 5

Despite the perception that some industries are doing a better job at protecting data than others, more than half of shoppers internationally (55 per cent) are willing to share personal information with companies in exchange for relevant rewards. That willingness is uneven across international markets. Close to three-quarters (74 per cent) of respondents from India are open […]

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Health Reward Stat of the Day – Dec 26

To date, a wide range of health care providers — hospitals, physician practices, nurse practitioners, dentists and others — have registered for and received incentive payments under the Meaningful Use program.

Since the first fielding of this survey in 2011, nearly all hospitals in the United States have registered for these incentives (95 percent as of June 2014), with […]

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Health Reward Stat of the Day – Dec 8

According to CDC’s national Health and Nutrition Examination Survey:

88% of consumers said that health insurance choices are tough because information is confusing and complicated
43% of adults do not track their out-of-pocket health costs
81% have difficulty in making healthcare decisions
45% of people age 55-64 exercise indoors or outdoors at least once a week, a rate which increases to […]

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