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Are Virtual Visits a Threat to Your Primary Care Base?

Feb 17, 2017 12:45:03 PM / by M. Shane Foreman posted in Consumer Strategy

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With disruptive companies like Amwell, Teledoc, American Well, MDLive, Care Vital and dokita247 offering consumers access to a physician 24 hours a day, from any location in the world, as long as the patient has a computer, tablet or smart phone, we wanted to test to what degree they pose a threat to our clients’ primary care base. So, we surveyed a little more than 3,000 consumers to understand their perspective.

We asked a simple question: “For the same price, who would you prefer to see? 1) Your Doctor at his or her office, 2) Any Doctor via your computer or skype, 3) Any Doctor via your tablet/facetime or 4) Any Doctor via your phone/facetime.

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3d Health Launches Consumer Strategy Practice

Feb 10, 2017 10:50:00 AM / by M. Shane Foreman posted in Consumer Strategy

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We at 3d Health have long been interested in the role of the consumer within healthcare – we were the first firm in the country to incorporate patient access results into our Provider Development Plans and we have surveyed thousands of consumers to better understand their perspective on particular topics. Now, we are rolling out our Consumer Strategy Practice to our clients and the industry.

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The Evolution of TV: A Parallel to Healthcare? (Part 3 of 3)

Jan 27, 2017 10:54:34 AM / by M. Shane Foreman

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Over the past two weeks we have discussed the evolution of both television and healthcare, and what seems to be the missing consumer revolution within the latter. Republican Senators Bill Cassidy and Susan Collins introduced the Patient Freedom Act on Monday as a replacement bill to the Affordable Care Act. In addition to block grants to the states, the bill calls for pre-funding individual health savings accounts (HSAs) from tax rebates. The HSAs are then coupled with high deductible, catastrophic health insurance.

Basically, some patients would have their own HSA (pre-funded by their tax rebate) and would decide when, how and where they spend their healthcare dollar. Structurally, if anything can spur consumerism in healthcare, this is probably it. So, let’s imaging that a disruption on the scale of Netflix occurs within healthcare, what will consumers demand?

We believe that in the coming wave of consumerism, patients’ demands will center around five elements:

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­­­­­­­The Evolution of TV: A Parallel to Healthcare? (Part 2 of 3)

Jan 20, 2017 10:11:59 AM / by M. Shane Foreman

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Last week we examined the evolution of television, with a particular focus on benefits to the consumer. This week, we are going to consider the history of hospitals and health systems.

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3d Health Turns 15!

Jan 16, 2017 10:32:00 AM / by M. Shane Foreman

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15 years ago this morning, I took the L into the loop to a borrowed cubicle to start 3d Health.  Thanks to our clients, professional staff, and friends, we have completed thousands of successful projects since January 16, 2002 and established rewarding relationships with truly great people. 

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The Evolution of TV: A Parallel to Healthcare? (Part 1 of 3)

Jan 13, 2017 1:13:00 PM / by M. Shane Foreman posted in Strategy and Planning

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Healthcare has often been compared to other “stodgy” industries such as banking and utilities - change-adverse industries that experienced consolidation and some degree of technical revolution for the consumer. But, what if healthcare is in for a more radical change? Maybe considering the dramatic change in how consumers access and view television is a better barometer of what is to come in healthcare.

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The Largest Obstacles to “Repealing” the Affordable Care Act

Dec 23, 2016 1:02:00 PM / by M. Shane Foreman posted in Strategy and Planning

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President-elect Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress have been very clear about their desire to fully repeal Obamacare, even on Day 1 of the new Administration. This desire brings up many questions from the rest of us. Is this possible? Are they being literal? What are the biggest hurdles to getting this done?

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Tom Price’s Market-Based Reform

Dec 9, 2016 9:42:00 AM / by M. Shane Foreman

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Representative Tom Price is a Republican from Georgia, and, as you probably know, was recently nominated by President-elect Trump to head the Department of Health and Human Services. Price, 62, is an orthopedic surgeon from the Atlanta suburbs and the Chair of the House Budget Committee. Price began focusing his energies on dismantling Obamacare almost as soon as President Obama signed the law in 2010. Since then, he has drafted and promoted a series of largely market-based substitutes to overcome what he has described as “oppressive” federal government strictures and runaway costs.

So, what makes Tom Price unique on Capitol Hill?  

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Seema Verma: Consistent with Donald Trump’s Emerging Healthcare Philosophy

Dec 2, 2016 11:53:29 AM / by M. Shane Foreman

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On Tuesday, President-elect Donald Trump announced that Seema Verma would be his CMS Administrator, working under Representative Tom Price who was tapped by Trump to head the Department of Health and Human Services. By all accounts, Verma is very bright. She holds a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in life sciences from the University of Maryland.

Verma is the President, CEO and Founder of SVC, a national health policy consultancy. Verma is well known to Vice President-Elect Mike Pence. She was the architect of Gov. Mike Pence’s Medicaid expansion in Indiana that is expected to play a key role in determining how Republicans “replace” President Barack Obama’s health care law. Her past actions could help us understand her strategy for healthcare moving forward.

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Speaker Ryan’s Rx for Healthcare: Uncertainty Continued (Part 2 of 2)

Nov 18, 2016 1:19:00 PM / by M. Shane Foreman

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In last week’s post we examined President-elect Trump’s policy prescription reforming healthcare. Our overall take-away was that thus far, the President-elect has outlined a limited number of free market principles that he would like to see implemented in healthcare, and his policy prescription is quite light on details.

Here is what we do know: Donald Trump has said that Mike Pence will lead the Administration’s healthcare efforts; Mike Pence respects Paul Ryan’s policy acumen and considers him a friend; and it is completely plausible that the Administration plugs into a more detailed plan and makes it their own. So, what is Paul Ryan’s plan?

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