As we look back on 2016, it’s tempting to dwell on the negatives.It was a year of record heat, Zika, terror attacks, and an election cycle we’d all like to forget.Related: How to Deal With People Whose Political Opinions Piss You OffBut there were high points. Like, um…let’s see.Cleveland was able to cheer. Some guys on the Olympic team weren’t questioned by the police. That was cool. And, well…Bruce went on tour and killed it.So we have that.But if we were to give the year a hashtag, it’d be either #savage or #thestruggleisreal, because it’s been both.But then we’d stop thinking about hashtags, because we’re adults with jobs who shouldn’t be spending so much time on social media.Here’s what we were left with. We’re really looking forward to 2017.Related: 5 Health Benefits Of Being an OptimistIn the year when Zika and ineffective flu vaccines grabbed headlines, it was deaths from opioids that blew up … [Read more...] about The Best and Worst Things That Happened In 2016
Best businesses to start in 2016
Before now, it wasn’t possible to get a Big Mac delivered to your door. But now the dark ages are over—at least if you live in Florida.McDonald’s announced that it will offer a delivery option at almost 200 restaurants in the Sunshine State starting in late January 2017.(See where Mickey D’s ranks on our list of The Best and Worst Fast-Food Burgers For Weight Loss.)The service will be available through the McDonald’s website as well as the UberEATS app, an online food ordering service powered by Uber. It will first be offered to customers in Miami, Orlando, and Tampa, according to USA Today.A representative from McDonald’s told USA Today that once the chain gets feedback from Floridians, then it will decide whether to expand its services to other cities and states.The plan, according to Business Insider, is for the company to offer worldwide mobile delivery by 2018 in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., France and Australia.Surprisingly, very few major … [Read more...] about McDonald’s to Start Delivering Next Year, Which Means 2017 Is Already Better Than 2016
The shift to value-based care and payment models is well under way, and as the Huron Consulting Group said in a recent report, “While the appropriateness of the rate of change can be debated, health systems can be sure that transformation has started and population health management is the future of healthcare delivery.” There were some big factors speeding up the rate of change over the past year, including the Department of Health and Human Service’s (HHS) announcement in January that CMS will tie 30% of all fee-for-service (FFS) payments to providers through alternative payment models (i.e. ACOs) and bundled payments by 2016, with an increase to 50% by 2018. At the time of the announcement, an estimated 20% of Medicare FFS payments were through new payment models, according to HHS. Besides improving patient care, the program aims to cut healthcare spending. Medicare’s current FFS payment system cost taxpayers $362 billion in 2014, as reported … [Read more...] about Is population health business poised to break out in 2016?
2015 witnessed a record number of mergers and acquisitions in healthcare, with the Humana/Aetna and Cigna/Anthem mega-mergers still under the Department of Justice’s scrutiny. There were also record cyberattacks, with the biggest affecting nearly 80 million Anthem members. Investors backed digital health start-ups with more than $4.3 billion in funding. Behavioral healthcare grabbed headlines after several tragic events and pushed legislatures to introduce two new mental health reform bills. With the upcoming presidential election this year, there’s no doubt ObamaCare will remain in the spotlight as the GOP remains determined to repeal various provisions of the ACA. Here are several key companies, trends or people to watch in 2016. Kentucky was the poster child for ObamaCare with the biggest drop in the nation of uninsured from 616,000 to 366,000 in 2014 when then-Governor Steve Beshear (D) expanded the state's Medicaid program. However, the newly … [Read more...] about Keeping an eye on the prize: 8 healthcare topics to watch in 2016
Whether you run a small business or a much larger-sized one, what you do both in and out of your office can and typically does have an impact on the environment. With that being the case, is 2016 the year you and your staff look for ways to do your parts to make the environment better off? If you stop and think about it for a moment, there are myriad of ways just one employer can help make the planet and little healthier and last a little longer. Stumped on how to go about this? As many big-name brand makers have shown over the years, there are countless ways to make the environment a little healthier and safer for all. As a result, your business can learn some lessons from these companies and implement your own environmental initiatives. Are You Doing Your Part for the Planet? Keep some of the following ideas in mind to do your part for the planet everyone calls home: Put a plan in motion – In order to do your company’s part for the environment, get together … [Read more...] about Make It Your Business to Place the Environment First