A big-business group says large employers expect to pay about 9 percent more for their workers' health insurance in 2011, with this year's massive reform bill will make up about 2 percent of that. Here's an even more sobering thought: These big companies are the ones with some negotiating leverage.
Aug 19, 2010 7:42 AM
The Hotel Data Conference organized by Smith Travel Research is in town and, at a breakout session yesterday, one speaker detailed a recent survey that shows hotel operators aren't charging as much for their rooms as consumers are expecting to pay. Across the industry's price points, the gap between expectations and the bill is more than 20 percent. That says a lot about the state of mind of both parties involved: Operators are worried about pricing themselves out of business and travelers are still buying hotel rooms thinking they got a steal. Close that gap and many might stay home.
Aug 5, 2010 9:14 AM
Small-business owners — "the embodiment of America's entrepreneurial and optimistic spirit" — have little faith in a full-blooded economic recovery. For the first time ever, the Wells Fargo Gallup Small Business Index, which tracks current and future expectations, has turned negative.
Aug 4, 2010 12:08 PM
Roughly 36 percent of surveyed doctors said they would not report a physician colleague if they knew they were affected by mental illness, substance abuse or just incompetent. The study by the Mongan Institute for Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital showed 69 percent of physicians feeling prepared to deal with a colleague who was significantly impaired, with 64 percent saying the same about incompetent colleagues. But of the 17 percent who said they had "direct personal knowledge" of an incompetent physician or coworker, only 67 percent said they reported that person.
Why wouldn’t a doctor report someone? According to the survey, due to the beliefs that someone else would do it and that reporting incompetence wouldn’t actually make any difference, in addition to the fear of retribution. The authors also noted that physicians who belonged to one- or two-person practices, are a racial or ethnic minority or who graduated from non-U.S. med schools were less likely to report a physician colleague. Those at hospitals or med schools were most likely to do so.
Jul 14, 2010 9:38 AM
Half of the 210 hospital chief information officers surveyed by PricewaterhouseCoopers expect they'll be able to meet the 2011 "meaningful use" criteria necessary to quality for federal reimbursement for electronic health record systems. The first-round standards are expected shortly, with requirements becoming more stringent in subsequent years.
There will be additional criteria that will have to be met to qualify for bonuses in 2013 and 2015. But 80% of survey respondents said they were concerned or very concerned that they won’t be able to meet the meaningful use requirements by 2015. Specifically, they’re worried about the requirements that will actually mean changing how care is delivered — such as using computerized evidence-based guidelines when ordering tests or procedures — says Bruce Henderson, leader of the electronic health records practice at PwC. “There’s lots of focus on the technology, but this is really about standardizing care processes at the highest level of quality with an eye towards the reduction of costs,” he tells the Health Blog. That means changing how doctors, nurses and other personnel work — and changing how anyone does his or her job is not easy.
Jun 30, 2010 1:31 PM
Plastics News checked in this week with Franklin-based executive recruiter Dennis Gros, who works with a trade group to gauge the state of the sector. That state is improving steadily: Almost half of all companies surveyed said they are hiring key managers and about the same numbers say wages will soon rise, too.
Jun 25, 2010 9:57 AM
A new survey of companies' hiring plans shows that a quarter of companies and recruiters expect that pay for financial, technology and health care workers will rise in the second half. That's better than three months ago, but still only half the number of companies who won't be paying more than they did a year ago. (Service-industry wages rose just 0.4 percent in the fourth quarter.)
Jun 2, 2010 7:31 AM