Boomer Factoids and Truthiness

Let's face it. Way too much has been written about Baby Boomers. I follow several forums on the booming market for Boomer talk because I need to stay current on Boomer behavior especially in the areas of health and senior living. Boomer websites are filled with "factoids" that we commonly accept as the truth. However, […]

We’re Not Gonna Take It

I read an article by Martin Bayne recently that I thought I should share. Martin has made a career out of being an advocate for the aging specifically through his interest in Long Term Care. The issue is how Baby Boomers view the aging process and the prospect of moving into an Assisted Living community. […]

Making Diabetes Affordable

Actually, I am talking about the cost of diabetes testing equipment. For years the cost of testing strips has bee so high that insurance companies carefully monitor monthly usage to make sure that they are not paying for anything beyond what the doctor prescribed. Most diabetics who are serious about their care tend to use […]

What To Keep And What To Let Go

We are in the midst of a major remodel. We are splitting our two-story classic Victorian home into two flats. One of the first obstacles to overcome in getting ready to move from a two-story house to a one-story flat is dealing with the amazing amounts of "stuff" we have stashed into every nook and […]

Trends in Healthcare and Reducing Costs

The cost of healthcare this year will remain at historic lows. For 2013, healthcare costs rose 3.6%. For 2014, the rate of increase will be similar. There are several important trends that will help keep costs contained. First, digital tools enable a more "do it yourself" approach to managing one's healthcare. Second, price transparency is […]

Apple Announcement as a Healthcare Issue

Apple made two big announcements yesterday, from a healthcare technology perspective. It introduced the iPhone 6 which features several new health apps, and the Apple Watch which contains an accelerometer, heart monitor, and links to the iPhone GPS.  Both the Watch and the apps are riding the trend of enabling consumers to take control of […]

Why Healthcare Costs Don’t Need to Continue to Rise

Three trends are converging to bring down healthcare costs: price transparency, adoption of Electronic Healthcare Records and mobile technology. According to Bernard Tyson, CEO of Kaiser, capitation encourages cost reduction with no drop off in care. The Kaiser way does not involve price transparency for patients other than their monthly insurance cost. Kaiser keeps costs […]

iPhone Hearing Aids

As the big hearing aid manufacturers duke it out for market share, they usually concentrate on acquiring practice groups which then become distribution hubs for their products. Rarely is there a product that helps drive new customer acquisition. The Lyric, when it first arrived, was a real innovation that created that kind of stir. ReSound […]

The New Old Medicare Advantage

I ran across this article about how Medicare Advantage is back in the spotlight, this time as a model for future private/public partnerships in creating viable healthcare insurance plans. With lower CMS subsidies than in the past, Medicare Advantage has been forced to get more efficient in delivery of services and in keeping their costs […]