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Physician Offices See Uptick In Flu Vaccinations

Physician Offices See Uptick In Flu Vaccinations

Over 37% of adults and 65.3% of children received influenza vaccines at physician offices during the 2016-17 flu season, up from 33% and 63.7% the previous year, respectively, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Outside of this setting, adults typically received their flu shot at their workplace or at drug stores, while [...]

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Posted in: Advocacy and Gov Affairs, HIDA Resources, Policy Outlook & Analysis, Research & Analysis

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Hospitals, Physicians Plan To Invest In Labs

The majority of hospital and physician office lab directors expect testing volume to grow through the end of 2017. Additionally, many hospitals are planning to make capital investments, with 23% of facilities planning expenditures on new equipment, and 16% planning to upgrade or replace equipment. One challenge laboratory and diagnostics providers face is future Medicare [...]

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Posted in: Research & Analysis, Supply chain data trends

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Medical Product Demand Slows In Acute Care Market

Medical Product Demand Slows In Acute Care Market

Have you noticed a slowdown in patient admissions in the last quarter? If so, you are not alone. The latest HIDA Market Pulse™ shows medical product demand growth has slowed in the acute care market. The surgical volume-adjusted index was 22.9 in the first quarter, indicating slight growth, but more recently fell to 6.6 in [...]

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Physicians Offer Televisits To Strengthen Patient Relationships

Physicians Offer Televisits To Strengthen Patient Relationships

Physicians are embracing telemedicine as a way to deepen relationships with their patients, according to HIDA’s latest Horizon Report Telemedicine: Patient Perspectives. While patients plan to schedule more televisits in 2017, these actions are not disrupting existing relationships with primary care providers. In fact, over half of patients learned about televisits because they were offered [...]

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Patients Willing To Try Televisits

Patients are willing to choose televisits over conventional office visits, according to a recent Health Industry Distributor Association (HIDA) survey. Leading reasons for choosing telemedicine include convenience and lower cost. Crucially, telemedicine may offer providers an additional way to strengthen relationships with patients. HIDA recently released an infographic detailing patients’ thoughts on and experiences with [...]

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Posted in: HIDA Resources, Patient Care Focus, Research & Analysis

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Patients Seek Quality Care, Even As Costs Climb

Patients Seek Quality Care, Even As Costs Climb

There has been a lot of talk lately about how rising expenses are changing the way consumers shop for healthcare. HIDA’s latest Horizon Report, Healthcare Consumerism: Quality and Cost Driving Patient Behavior, backs this idea. The research also shows that quality remains the most important factor in provider selection, leading both cost of care and [...]

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Providers, Patients Benefit From Supply Chain Improvements

Did you know that improving supply chain efficiency can boost patient safety? According to a recent survey by Cardinal Health, approximately 24% of hospital staff have seen or heard about expired or recalled equipment being used on a patient, while 18% recall an instance where a patient was harmed due to a lack of necessary [...]

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Posted in: Cost Management, Member Spotlights, Research & Analysis, Supply chain data trends

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Leading Lab Experts Predict Growth in Testing Despite Shrinking Reimbursements

Leading Lab Experts Predict Growth in Testing Despite Shrinking Reimbursements

While the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services plans to lower reimbursements for lab procedures, experts believe overall testing will grow in the coming years, due to its power to lower costs. Speakers at HIDA’s recent Laboratory & Diagnostics Market Conference commented that diagnostics presents many opportunities to generate savings. These include helping physicians appropriately [...]

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Posted in: Conference news & updates, Cost Management, Efficient Access, Medicaid/Medicaid

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