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Change the channel: Health insurance exchanges expand choice and competition

Change the channel: Health insurance exchanges expand choice and competition

Starting in 2014, insurers will compete head to head as health insurance exchanges open up consumer choice and a new $60 billion market.

Change the channel: Health insurance exchanges expand choice and competition
The new gold rush: Prospectors are hoping to mine opportunities from the health industry

The new gold rush: Prospectors are hoping to mine opportunities from the health industry

PwC surveyed US consumers and found they would be willing to spend more than $13 billion a year of their own money on new services. It's the promise of those new products and services that is enticing more and more businesses to turn to the US health system as an opportunity for innovation, differentiation, and profits.

The new gold rush: Prospectors are hoping to mine opportunities from the health industry
Breakthroughs: The coordinated ED

Breakthroughs: The coordinated ED

Dynamic health systems are maximizing the efficiency, throughput, and patient experience of today’s ED in a shrinking reimbursement environment. Hospitals and physicians are also envisioning how the ED fits into a coordinated care system, with appropriate care given at multiple access points.

Breakthroughs: The coordinated ED
MoneyTree: A case for cautious optimism

MoneyTree: A case for cautious optimism

Life sciences venture capital (VC) investment recovered in terms of dollar investments during the first quarter of 2011 with $1.4b going to 164 deals, according to the PwC/NVCA MoneyTree Report with data from Thomson Reuters.

MoneyTree: A case for cautious optimism
Stalking the ACO Unicorn

Stalking the ACO Unicorn

PwC has released a brief to address the implications of the proposed regulations for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). Included are key findings from the proposed Medicare regulations, an implementation timeline for the ACO program and frequently asked questions with corresponding answers.

Stalking the ACO Unicorn
From courtship to marriage: A two-part series on physician-hospital alignment

From courtship to marriage: A two-part series on physician-hospital alignment

The notion of independent physicians may be a myth because so-called independent physicians are becoming increasingly financially tethered to hospitals. In response to this trend, PwC released a two-part series on physician-hospital alignment.

From courtship to marriage: A two-part series on physician-hospital alignment
Putting patients into "meaningful use"

Putting patients into "meaningful use"

In January 2011, the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services issued the draft set of criteria for Stage 2, which sets higher standards for communicating health information to patients. Stage 2, which begins October 2012, requires hospitals to have at least 20% of their patient populations using PHRs. This represents a big leap from what hospitals have been preparing for over the past year.

Putting patients into meaningful use
Report: Pharma 2020: Supplying the future

Report: Pharma 2020: Supplying the future

Many pharmaceutical firms are trying to discover, develop and market medicines more efficiently, but they've invested relatively little effort in reconfiguring their manufacturing and distribution operations. Yet the supply chain is just as important; it's the link between the laboratory and the marketplace.

Report: Pharma 2020: Supplying the future
MoneyTree: Taking a tumble

MoneyTree: Taking a tumble

Life sciences venture capital (VC) investment fell steeply during the fourth quarter of 2010, according to the PwC/NVCA MoneyTree Report with data from Thomson Reuters.

MoneyTree: Taking a tumble