Dispatches from the Field – August 13, 2007

13 08 2007

Meet the Consumer-Directed HMO

It took a while for a managed care company to combine a consumer-directed plan with a traditional HMO. Health Net of California, taking advantage of the strengths of California’s managed care market, is launching a hybrid product called OptimizerHMO that “provides tools to help [members] make better health care decisions and incentives for demonstrating healthy behaviors,” says Stephen Lynch, president of Health Net.

http://www.managedcaremag.com/archives/0707/0707.news_meetconsumer.html

Health IT Businesses See Rise in Private Equity Investments
Health IT businesses are attracting investors and buyers from private equity firms, a sign that the industry is rife with growth and opportunity, Modern Healthcare reports.

http://modernhealthcare.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070803/FREE/308030001&SearchID=73289151525029

U.S. Trails 41 Other Countries in Life Expectancy Rates

Life expectancy in the U.S. has reached its highest point ever, but it is exceeded by the rates in 41 other countries, the AP/Arizona Daily Star reports.

http://www.californiahealthline.org/articles/2007/8/13/US-Trails-41-Other-Countries-in-Life-Expectancy-Rates.aspx