THIS WEEK IN U.S. DOMESTIC MEDICAL TRAVEL

Volume 2, Issue 20

Dear Colleagues,

With the growing pressures on U.S. employers to get better value for their healthcare spend, the Health Transformation Alliance was formed to create a better way of delivering health care benefits to workers, and focus on reducing the redundancies and waste in the supply chain that drive up the cost of health care coverage. Collectively, the 20 companies are responsible for health care benefits for four million people and spend more than $14 billion annually on health care for employees, their dependents and retirees.

Our spotlight interview features Robert Andrews, CEO who discusses the importance of 'Triple Aim' - improved patient experience, lower cost, and improved population health through continuous process improvement.

This month, we also bring you research that may prove that the U.S. falls short of expectations that it is a "healthcare mecca," although millions of people travel to the U.S. for care. We also look at postponement of CMS expansion as well as reports on a deadly fungal infection that doctors have been fearing. 

Tell us:
What distinguishes your service offering in terms of cost, patient experience and satisfaction, outcomes, or other quality indicators.

Send us your descriptor, including photos or charts, and we will evaluate for publication in this newsletter.

"Rising health insurance premiums, lack of transparency and increased awareness of how varied medical costs and quality vary dramatically between hospitals and across regions, have pushed consumers right into the arms of international and domestic medical travel. The growing industry provides the perfect solution for patients to receive the high-quality, cost-effective care that they need AND rightfully deserve!"
- Laura Carabello, Executive Editor and Publisher, Medical Travel Today and U.S. Domestic Medical Travel.

Thank you for your interest in this exciting, growing market space. Please be in touch with your comments and editorial contributions, which can be sent directly to: editor@USDomesticMedicalTravel.com.

Laura Carabello
Executive Editor and Publisher

 

SPOTLIGHT: Robert Andrews, HTA Health

Robert Andrews
htacommunications@htahealth.com
http://www.htahealth.com

 

About Robert Andrews
Robert E. Andrews currently serves as the CEO of the Health Transformation Alliance. Rob led the Government Affairs practice at Dilworth Paxson law firm for two years before joining the HTA.

Rob served as a Member of the United States House of Representatives for nearly 24 years. Upon his departure from the House, President Barack Obama praised Rob's service as "an original author of the Affordable Care Act...and a vital partner in its passage and implementation," and cited his "tenacity and skill" in representing the people of New Jersey.

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Global Medical Tourism Market By Treatment Type and by Region - Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth Trends and Forecasts (2016 - 2021)

The global medical tourism market has been estimated to be valued at USD 14,278 million, and it is anticipated to reach a market value of USD 21,380 million by the end of 2021 at a projected CAGR of 8.41% during the forecast period, 2016 to 2021.

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Is U.S. Preeminence in High-Tech Medicine a Myth? The Case of Cystic Fibrosis
by David Squires and David Blumenthal, M.D.

commonwealthfund.org- U.S. health care has many well-documented shortcomings. However, it is often assumed that, because we invest so heavily in technology and specialists, our health care system performs well for patients who have rare or complex diseases.

New research shows that we should be skeptical of that assumption.

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WalletHub: The top states for physician pay
by Paige Minemyer

Fiercehealthcare.com- Doctors practicing in Indiana have the highest annual wage, according to a new report, while those working in the District of Columbia make the least.

WalletHub, a financial planning site, ranked Iowa as the best state for doctors in this year's list. The state ranked highly for annual physician wage (4th) and was also noted for its fairly inexpensive malpractice insurance (only Wisconsin, Minnesota, Kansas and Indiana were less expensive), according to the report.

To view the original article in its entirety, click here.

WHO puts medication-related errors on global hit list
by Ilene MacDonald

Fiercehealthcare.com- Medication errors cause at least one death every day and injure roughly 1.3 million people each year in the United States alone. But it's not only a national problem, and the World Health Organization is taking action to reduce these preventable adverse events worldwide.

The WHO aims to reduce severe, avoidable medication-associated harm in all countries by 50% over the next five years.

To view the original article in its entirety, click here.

CMS postpones expansion, implementation of bundled payment programs
By Emily Mongan

mcknights.com- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is pushing back the implementation date for its recent rule creating a bundled payment program for cardiac care, as well as changes to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement program. Further delays also are being considered.

The cardiac care models, announced late last year, would create bundles for patients who receive cardiac rehabilitation, suffer heart attacks or undergo heart surgery. The models were slated to begin demonstrations on July 1, 2017, and run through 2021. A fourth bundle was also finalized, focusing on patients who undergo non-replacement surgery following a hip fracture.

To view the original article in its entirety, click here.

Depression is the No. 1 cause of illness and disability worldwide: WHO report
by Meera Jagannathan

nydailynews.com- The World Health Organization has two words for anyone who's "Sad!": "Let's talk."

Depression is the no. 1 cause of illness and disability worldwide, the UN's public health arm said Thursday. An 18% spike from 2005 to 2015 puts the most recent estimate at more than 300 million people.

To view the original article in its entirety, click here.

5 thoughts on why value based care will survive partisanship over healthcare
by Laura Dyrda

beckersspine.com- While the ACA encouraged the transition toward value-based care, the value movement in healthcare is non-partisan, according to a URAC blog report.

To view the original article in its entirety, click here.

More re-enrolled for ACA health plans for 2017, though total sign-ups fell
by Amy Goldstein

washingtonpost.com- More than 12 million Americans chose health plans for this year through the Affordable Care Act's insurance marketplaces, according to new federal data that show an increase in the number of returning customers and a significant drop in new participants.

To view the original article in its entirety, click here.

Care Coordination in U.S. Lags Other Developed Nations
By Lisa Rapaport

medscape.com- U.S. patients are more likely to experience gaps in coordination among healthcare providers than their counterparts in other high-income nations, a new study suggests.

To view the original article in its entirety, click here.

Deadly fungal infection that doctors have been fearing now reported in U.S.
By Lena H. Sun

washingtonpost.com- Nearly three dozen people in the United States have been diagnosed with a deadly and highly drug-resistant fungal infection since federal health officials first warned U.S. clinicians last June to be on the lookout for the emerging pathogen that has been spreading around the world.

To view the original article in its entirety, click here.

 

American-made biosimilars a differentiator in US market, Coherus
By Dan Stanton

in-pharmatechnologist.com- US patients and physicians favour domestically-made biosimilars according to Coherus Biosciences. But if quality is assured should the manufacturing location matter?

To view the original article in its entirety, click here.

US infant mortality rates down 15%
By Robert Jimison

CNN.com- Infant mortality rates have reached new lows, according to a report released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday.

To view the original article in its entirety, click here.


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U.S. Domestic Medical Travel, a sister publication to Medical Travel Today www.medicaltraveltoday.com, is a newsletter published by CPR Strategic Marketing Communications, an international marketing and public relations agency based near New York City that specializes in healthcare and life sciences. In the new era of health reforms, U.S. Domestic Medical Travel discusses the growth of domestic medical travel and its importance to hospitals, employers, insurers, health plans, government, TPAs, brokers and other intermediaries.

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Spotlight Interview

SPOTLIGHT: Robert Andrews, HTA Health

News in Review

Global Medical Tourism Market By Treatment Type and by Region - Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth Trends and Forecasts (2016 - 2021)

Is U.S. Preeminence in High-Tech Medicine a Myth? The Case of Cystic Fibrosis

WalletHub: The top states for physician pay

WHO puts medication-related errors on global hit list

CMS postpones expansion, implementation of bundled payment programs

Depression is the No. 1 cause of illness and disability worldwide: WHO report

5 thoughts on why value based care will survive partisanship over healthcare

More re-enrolled for ACA health plans for 2017, though total sign-ups fell

Care Coordination in U.S. Lags Other Developed Nations

Deadly fungal infection that doctors have been fearing now reported in U.S.

American-made biosimilars a differentiator in US market, Coherus

US infant mortality rates down 15%