If your doctor is on the “Dollars for Docs” list, he or she received money from one of the drug companies for promotional activities or consulting. Payments are legal, so it doesn’t mean your doctor has done anything wrong. But research has shown that drug company marketing can influence what a doctor prescribes, and some experts say it is cause for concern.
Health Insurance or Health Benefit Exchanges are a signature part of the Affordable Care Act — but just what is an exchange? Colin Goldfinch, a public policy analyst with Group Health Cooperative, explains.
A feature article on efforts in Washington state to address the epidemic of prescription painkiller overdose deaths by LocalHealthGuide editor Michael McCarthy appears this week in the BMJ, the journal of the British Medical Society.
eginning October 8th, Group Health members in the Tacoma area will now have access to new expanded 24/7 urgent-care facility at the Group Health Tacoma Medical Center’s on 209 Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Tacoma.
While it is true that the Affordable Care Act did make access to women’s preventive services easier — including coverage for birth control — there’s some fine print of the law you should know before you head to the pharmacy.
It’s estimated anywhere from one-fifth to nearly one-third of all tests and treatments are unnecessary. Turning around what is at times thought of as defensive medicine must be tackled and soon, not only to rein in health care costs but to deliver appropriate and high quality care that is evidenced based: More is not always better in healthcare.- Barbara Trehearne, PhD, RN, Group Health Cooperative
Now that the Court has answered questions about the constitutionality of the law, we can turn our full attention to two critical issues: how to reform a health care system that is unsustainable because it costs too much and provides too little value to the people it is supposed to serve; and how to expand access to high-quality coverage and care.
“Group Health has always stood for universal health coverage—not only because it’s the “right thing”, but also because it’s the most cost-efficient way to provide quality care.” – Dr. Eric Larson, Group Health Cooperative
Group Health scored a perfect 100% on measures gauging how equitably large, private-sector businesses in the United States treat their lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees, consumers, and investors.
Group Health Cooperative, which is a consumer-governed health-care system, is seeking candidates from its membership for four Board of Trustees positions.
Group Health Cooperative reports more than $2.5 million in cost savings during the first seven months of this year for its 8,224 patients in complex case management and 1,831 patients in regular case management.
Medicare’s new Hospital Compare website allows you to compare hospitals side-by-side on a variety of patient safety and patient satisfaction measures. But are the comparisons fair?
So here it is, under our noses—the elusive big idea that might fix American health care—if only our society can embrace it: Less is more.
Sara Kasper named Exe. Dir. Self-Funded Products and Services; Laura Sandstrom, V.P. Group Health Options; Barbara Trehearne, V.P. Clinical Excellence, Quality, and Nursing Practice; Cindy Johnson, Exe. V.P. Human Resources. Robert Reid, MD, Assoc. Med. Dir. Health Services Research & Knowledge Translation
Group Health Cooperative has launched a mobile app that will allow the health plan’s members to email their doctors, make appointments and consult a “symptoms checker”.