Posts Tagged ‘Healthcare systems’

An Aging Population Drives the Wellness Revolution

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Jeff Newkirk, VP of Alter+Care, describes the wellness center phenomenon.By 2010 – that’s next year – 37 percent of the American population will be older than 55.  More than three million of these individuals already belong to medically based wellness centers, which are a proactive response by healthcare providers to help an aging population stay healthy longer.

In a recent interview for the Alter+Care Podcasts on Healthcare, Jeff Newkirk, Alter+Care Vice President, says that while wellness centers have certain similarities to health clubs, the primary difference is that all programming is medically based.  What’s more, wellness centers are an enormous driver for a hospital’s revenue.

In a typical wellness center, between 15 and 25 percent of the members have had previous exposure to the affiliated hospital – that’s a relatively low number.  Considering that the wellness center may attract 1,000 daily visitors, members become better acquainted and more comfortable with the healthcare system.  The chances are excellent that these wellness center members will then visit the hospital they have come to know when they need medical attention.

The wellness experience assures an uninterrupted continuum of care after a patient has undergone surgery, suffered an injury or been hospitalized for a medical condition to assure full recovery.

Healthcare Industry Offers Cost Savings

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Healthcare providers will slash up to $1.7 trillion in costs over the next 10 years by enhancing the care of chronic diseases, reorganizing administrative procedures and eliminating unnecessary treatments.medical_bill

This is a sneak peak at how healthcare systems, physicians, pharmaceutical companies, insurers, medical device manufacturers and other stakeholders plan to respond to President Barack Obama’s request that the industry find ways to control patient costs.  Among the American Medical Association’s (AMA) suggestions are cutting overused – and often unnecessary — procedures, such as Caesarean sections.  The savings are crucial to funding the Obama administration’s proposed health system overhaul.

A new White House study states that reforming healthcare will increase the nation’s GDP by two percent in 2020 and eight percent in 2030, cut unemployment and save families an average of $2,600 a year by 2020.  Without healthcare reform, the number of uninsured Americans will rise to 72 million by 2040, compared with 46 million today.

Christina Romer, chair of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers, said “The one thing that’s happened relative to the 1990s is the nightmare scenario is getting closer.”  Other recommendations include reducing medical errors, using common insurance forms, improving physician performance standards, readmitting fewer patients to hospitals, improving drug development efficiency and expanding in-home care for patients with long-term illnesses.