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Demonstrating its commitment to ensuring everyone has access to high-quality affordable health care, SSM Health in Oklahoma has launched a new web-based diagnosis and treatment service. The innovative service provides Oklahoma residents – whether or not they have health insurance or are existing SSM Health patients – with access to high-quality care from the convenience of their home, office, or anywhere.

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Why Do We Neglect Our Health System's Foundation? When the walls come tumblin' down When the walls come crumblin' crumblin' When the walls come tumblin' tumblin' down -- John Mellencamp
I recently participated in a panel discussion as part of The Hill's Future of Healthcare Summit. (thehill.com) The event was extremely well done, featuring members of Congress, representatives from across the health care industry and patient advocates.

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Value over Volume: A New Trend in Primary Care By Connie McDougall - Summer, 2019 Share
What if going to see your doctor could be a spa-like experience, where you’re ushered into an attractive lobby with comfy couches, a welcoming fireplace, and free coffee—a place where your every health need is attended to, at no additional cost.

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Print Buck Ennis New York employers should take on a larger role in restraining the growth of health care costs, David Sandman, president and CEO of the New York State Health Foundation, said Friday at Crain's health summit. "You as the business community are a sleeping giant," Sandman said. "You have so much power and you really have not flexed your muscles yet, but you can and you should. You should because you're paying such a big part of the bill."

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Home Blog Posts What Do We Know About Patients with High Health Care Use and Costs? What Do We Know About Patients with High Health Care Use and Costs? Apr 24, 2019
In this week’s episode of On the Evidence , we discuss a major question surrounding health care reform: What do we do about the small share of patients who represent a much larger share of overall health care use and costs?

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The United States ranks No.1 for highest health care costs per person. Annual family health insurance premiums rose 5% last year, averaging $19,616, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. A healthy couple retiring at 65 this year can expect to spend $285,000 on health care in retirement, says Fidelity Investments. So, what could lower crushing health care costs in America?

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Primary Care: An Amazonian-sized Effort March 18, 2019
Like so many others in the industry, CPR staff are monitoring the buzz about Amazon/Berkshire Hathaway/ JP Morgan Chase’s Haven Healthcare . We noticed that the role of primary care is a theme that looms large in the newly released website, in addition to other coverage of the organization .

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by Northwestern University Credit: CC0 Public Domain
The United States health care system is generally centered around hospitals and specialty care. The value of primary care, however, has remained unclear and debated, in part due to limited research. A new Northwestern Medicine study was the first to directly compare the quality and experience of outpatient care between adults with or without primary care.

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While Democrats and Republicans debate the merits and drawbacks of reforming America’s broken health insurance system, few policymakers are paying attention to perhaps the biggest reason health insurance is so expensive: The actual cost of healthcare, which insurers have to pay, is out of control. There are many reasons the cost of providing healthcare has been steadily rising in most sectors of the healthcare industry.

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Health care providers must acknowledge patients’ financial concerns. The path forward requires cultural changes that normalize cost conversations.

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