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The Week in Numbers by charlottegee
February 15, 2009, 2:46 pm
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Installment #12:

What’s in store: $17.2B in CMS incentives for physicians & hospitals to adopt a “certified EHR”

Not-for-profit hospital CEOs average $490,431 per year

Researchers found that about 85 percent of health plans offer no-cost health promotion and wellness programs, and that 56 percent offer free biometric testing

At a time when other firms are scaling back or eliminating health coverage, Wal-Mart has made a serious dent in the problem of the uninsured. New figures being released today show that 5.5 percent of its employees now lack health insurance, compared with a nationwide rate of 18 percent.

The Cigna [Cost of Care Estimator] system, which uses proprietary software from Thomson Reuters, is accurate “within 10% of the cost of those services 90% of the time,” Nastri said.

UnitedHealth has already spent more than $1 million on three medical home experiments this year. The other two are in Colorado and Rhode Island. But the company says the Arizona pilot is getting the bulk of its money and attention. The experiment will initially involve about 7,000 patients who are the patients of 26 doctors at the seven medical groups.

The cost for Ms. Branch’s basic system, supplied by a health care provider called New Courtland as part of a publicly financed program, is about $100 a month, far less than a nursing home, where the costs to taxpayers can exceed $200 a day. In the two years Mrs. Branch has had the system, she has fallen three times and been stuck once in the bathtub, each time unable to call for help without it.

A study published this week in Tobacco Control found that more than 28 percent of smoking pet owners said information about the harmful effects of secondhand smoke on their pets—exposure has been linked to cancer, allergies, and respiratory problems—would motivate them to try to quit.

A study by Harvard Business School indicates that successful serial entrepreneurs have a 30 percent chance of success in their next venture-backed company. That compares to a 22 percent success rate for entrepreneurs who previously failed and a 21 percent success rate for first-time entrepreneurs.

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