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"Know where to find the information and how to use it - That's the secret of success" -Albert Einstein

Healthcare consultants for hospitals, managed care organizations, government, law firms, labor unions, major employers, purchasers, providers and consumers.

Social Responsibility


HCI takes pride in publicly supporting a single-payer universal healthcare system for all Americans. Because of our knowledge and insights, we have a moral duty and public interest responsibility to proactively participate in the national healthcare public policy dialogue.

HCI's healthcare management, planning, and public policy consultants are available to ensure that healthcare consumers and purchasers are able to access timely information, which may help them to:

...better control healthcare costs and eliminate excessive spending on service vendors.
...avert the illusions of superficial reform and establish proactive strategies and support rational government polices, which will substantively address quality, patient safety, and cost-savings opportunities.
...access the best healthcare diagnostic and treatment options available for healthcare consumers.
...facilitate the process of obtaining the most current medical outcomes data for specific healthcare providers.

 

 

 

Consumer Empowerment: Objective Healthcare Information

Resources and Public Interest Organizations

Healthcare consultants for hospitals, managed care organizations, government, law firms, labor unions, major employers, purchasers, providers and consumers.

'CONSUMER-DRIVEN HEALTH CARE'?

The architects (vested financial interests) of 'consumer-driven healthcare' have convinced many employers to shift more costs to employees. This is the latest in a series of panaceas that have been promoted for more than two decades to curb excessive healthcare costs. Higher deductibles, increased co-payments, and larger employee payroll deductions for group healthcare plans are characteristic of 'consumer-driven healthcare' (aka opportunity-driven or enrichment-driven healthcare). It is neither driven by consumers nor beneficial to them. It has been packaged as 'consumer-driven' because cost-shifting to consumers required tactful marketing and acceptance by employees and beneficiaries. We know that 'managed care' is about managing cost, which is notable for neither effectively controlling costs nor ensuring higher quality healthcare.

Managed care has significantly reduced unnecessary care and costs when compared to the fee-for-service system, which preceded it. Managed care has also been known to stonewall or withhold life-sustaining care and establish arbitrary, irrational care constraints. Figuratively, the Titanic replaced Pearl Harbor, but the ever-increasing financial costs to employers are intolerable and healthcare consumers are experiencing reduced benefits and unaffordable costs.

Managed care, other than some staff model prototypes, has been a profit-driven splint on a hemorrhage of out of control healthcare costs. Managed care companies and their supporting cast of vendors, brokers, and consultants have a vested interest in sustaining massive, unnecessary, and redundant administrative, marketing, information systems, and related self-preservation expenses. These costs and other systemic inefficiencies waste finite financial resources that may otherwise be invested in ensuring accessible, affordable, and high quality healthcare for all Americans.

Our principals consider the illusion and misnomer promoted as 'consumer-driven healthcare' imprudent and ineffectual long-term in controlling healthcare costs for healthcare purchasers. It is impotent in enhancing healthcare quality for consumers. It is another roadblock to America's compelling need to move toward an equitable single payer universal healthcare system. The adverse consequences of this absurd, temporary profit preserver for private sector insurers and healthcare benefits consultants/insurance brokers may become transparent to healthcare purchasers, government legislators, and consumers within a few years. Meanwhile, consumers and purchasers should utilize healthcare information and other tools available to them and support innovative single-payer universal healthcare public policy initiatives.

SELECTING HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS - QUALITY INDICATORS

Selecting competent physicians, hospitals, and nursing homes for your families is among the most important responsibilities of enlightened healthcare consumers. Most group and individual healthcare benefits plans do not provide tools for helping consumers access information to empower healthcare consumers and their families. Healthcare information is vital to the process of consumer empowerment.

HCI encourages consumers to secure objective information and then, discreetly informally interview nursing staff, other patients and patients' families, and other physicians to determine which physician, hospital, or nursing home to entrust with the care of you or your loved ones. Consumers should commit as much or more time to identifying the best available healthcare resources as they do in researching other major family investments. It can literally mean the difference between a positive medical outcome and tragedy.

 

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