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March 5 2015
by Todd Hixon

Healthcare Costs: Low-Hanging Fruit

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on April 4, 2014.] Many proposals for improving cost/effectiveness of U.S. medicine are contending for resources and attention. These proposals span personalized medicine, big-data technology to find patterns and coordinate care, tightly-managed accountable healthcare systems, and marketplace incentives. Listening to a panel prepare for a conference this week brought that […]

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February 5 2015
by Todd Hixon

Why Digital Health Will Have Huge Impact

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on February 3, 2014.] Digital Health has big buzz this year. For example, it was a hot topic at both the Consumer Electronics Show (“CES”) and the more-serious JP Morgan Healthcare Conference. (“Digital Health” refers to products and businesses that apply modern digital technologies — the web, mobile, the […]

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February 5 2015
by Todd Hixon

Where The Big Healthcare Bulls Are Running: Notes From The 2015 JP Morgan Conference

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on January 25, 2015.] The Annual JP Morgan conference is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs and venture investors to learn where the big players think U.S. healthcare is going, and how they plan to play. Here’s a summary of the trends I heard at the conference, and what they […]

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January 29 2015
by Todd Hixon

Cancelling Employer Health Insurance Can Be A Kindness

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on January 19, 2015.] Subsidies created by the ACA (1) plus ongoing escalation of health insurance premiums make canceling health insurance plans financially attractive for many employers. In fact this transition can be even more attractive for employees. And for some low-paid moms and dads, it’s a blessing. The shift […]

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January 22 2015
by Todd Hixon

The Doctor/Patient Relationship Is At A Crossroads

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on January 13, 2015.] The relationship between doctors and their customers (aka “patients”) is changing fast, driven by the forces underlying healthcare reform. Three new models are emerging: integrated health systems, direct primary care, and retail care. Their strengths and weaknesses are very different, and our lives and fortunes […]

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January 15 2015
by Todd Hixon

The Healthcare.gov Debacle Will Make The Feds More Powerful

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on December 10, 2013.] The implementation of healthcare.gov has flopped spectacularly. And, recently, the White House shot its other foot when it told 5 million Americans that they can keep their individual policies when, in fact, they can’t, and many in and out of government knew they could not. […]

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January 15 2015
by Todd Hixon

Seven Turning Points To Watch For In 2015

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on January 1, 2015.] Accountability is a good thing. Here are my predictions for 2014 and how they played out. Last year I called for: 1) continued progress for the U.S. economy, 2) acceleration of healthcare reform, 3) beginning of similar reform in higher ed, 4) big data impacting many […]

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January 7 2015
by Todd Hixon

Cliff’s Notes For Health Care

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on November 20, 2013.] JAMA | The Anatomy of Health Care in the United States. Last week the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a remarkable article that lays out the economics and industry structure of the US health care system (linked above). It is comprehensive, concise, […]

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December 17 2014
by Todd Hixon

Can Healthcare Become User-Friendly?

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on December 12, 2014.] Healthcare is the most important, expensive, and complicated system most of us deal with in our lives. And it has an awful user interface and experience. Can, and will, the user experience be fixed in our lifetimes? Is doing so a business opportunity? Here are the symptoms of healthcare […]

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December 9 2014
by Todd Hixon

Long Live The Healthcare Entitlement Economy

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on December 5, 2014.] Recently I heard a speaker  at a venture conference say that “Healthcare is changing from an entitlement economy to a market economy”. Many of us wish that would happen fast, but how real is it? Entitlement is pervasive in healthcare. Most legal U.S. residents receive healthcare that […]

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