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Advancing the use of incentives for health behaviors

by Doug Beaudoin, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

The use of incentives to reward healthy behavior is not new, and many employers and health plans have been doing it for decades. But now, technology companies are introducing reward programs for consumers who go to lower-cost providers or get routine, recommended preventive screenings.

A few companies are expanding their core related services to develop online consumer comparison shopping tools.

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CMS releases comprehensive MACRA rules: New law poised to shape payment and delivery reform in the future

by Anne Phelps, Principal, US Health Care Regulatory Leader, Deloitte & Touche LLP

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) fundamentally changes how physicians and other clinicians are reimbursed under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and establishes new incentives that will drive payment and delivery reform efforts across the health care payor mix. The law will allow clinicians to develop new care models and encourages new collaborations between plans and hospitals to enter into new payment and delivery models.

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How will mHealth succeed?

by Tim Smith, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Looking to get away? With a smartphone, I can book a vacation flight, check in, pay baggage fees, pick out a seat, book a hotel, catch a ride to the hotel, read restaurant reviews, make a reservation, and split a bill all from the palm of my hand.

But when I cut my leg while swimming and was far away from my doctor,

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Can health care break the cycle of cyber attacks?

by Harry Greenspun, MD, Director, Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, Deloitte Services LP

“We will not negotiate with terrorists.”

Growing up in Washington, DC, I had friends and classmates from all over the world, many the children of ambassadors. As a result, international conflicts often felt quite personal, so, even at a young age, I took a keen interest.

On October 28, 1980, just prior to Election Day,

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Hospitals swap beds for other services

by Doug Beaudoin, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

If you’ve shopped for books or checked your bank statement lately, chances are you went online and not to a brick and mortar building. While it is clear we cannot manage all of our health care needs online, many hospitals are preparing for a health care system that increasingly relies on ambulatory and home care.

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A glimpse into the future of health care at VA

by Terri Cooper, PhD, Principal, Federal Health Sector Leader, Deloitte Consulting LLP

As we wrote several weeks ago, “the health plan of the future is easy to see.” The health plan of the future may not just help with the financing but may also be the facilitator and enabler of achieving health through a consumer-focused platform.

This is happening across the health care industry. While other industries have automated and streamlined their services so people are empowered to book trips,

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