Behind the Numbers: Medical cost trends for 2012

This year’s report from PwC’s Health Research Institute finds that the medical cost trend is expected to increase from 8% in 2011 to 8.5% in 2012. An interesting blend of reactions to the recession, the slow recovery, health reform, and other variables are factored into the medical cost trend in 2012. The report shares key findings, which includes an explanation of trends contributing to rising costs (accelerators) as well as decreasing cost trends (deflators).

Nursing Leadership from Bedside to Boardroom: Opinion Leaders’ Perceptions

The objective of this study was to examine views of nursing and nursing leadership among the nation’s opinion
leaders. A recent survey, conducted November 20-22, 2009, found the American public rating nurses with the
highest honesty and ethical standards, at 83%. Gallup has historically found nurses to be among the most
ethical and honest professions, as rated by the public. This study sought to examine opinion leaders’ views
about nursing leadership with an emphasis on determining the role of nursing in the future, and potential
barriers to leadership roles in healthcare today.

Workforce 2015: Strategy Trumps Shortage

For the past several decades, the U.S. labor pool has grown rapidly as increased numbers of women and “baby boomers” of both genders joined the workforce, and as the relatively small number of persons born during the Great Depression retired. The future looks much different… Health care will face the twin challenges of attracting and retaining replacements for retiring workers while expanding its workforce to care for an aging population.

Where Are Organizations in the Decision-Making Process?

Survey Summary Are organizations waiting on regulatory guidance to make some health care decisions? In this third poll in the health care series, nearly one-half of organizations (48%) indicated that they are waiting on regulatory guidance or information on specific provisions in

Employee Perspectives on Health Care: Employee Engagement

Part II – Report Summary With the economy still unstable, many employees face the strain of job insecurities, rising benefit costs and resulting financial troubles. With so many competing pressures, it’s not surprising many workers are failing to place a high priority

Healthcare Transformation Using Information Technology

Report Summary In  2008, HIMSS called for major recommendations to transform healthcare using health information technology (IT). The years 2009 and 2010 were momentous for healthcare transformation in the United States when many of these recommendations were enacted into law and are

Employee Perspectives on Healthcare: The Affordability Gap

Part I – Survey Report Summary Although nearly two-thirds of employees are satisfied with their health plan, overall satisfaction with plans has fallen from 2007 levels. Increases in health care costs continue to outpace the historic rate of inflation. Recent Towers Watson