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Healthcare Trends during the Pandemic

Healthcare Activity in Pandemic - Q3 Update

Posted On: November 17, 2020 by Mike Mallaro in: Healthcare, Opinions, Social commentary, VGM

I continue to watch the pandemic’s meaningful impact on the healthcare business and consumption of healthcare.  With third quarter data now reported, we can assess the trends and what the next few months may hold: The initial heat of the pandemic was mid-March through mid-May.  In the second quarter of 2020 (April-June) there was a reduction in non-emergent and elective healthcare services.  Largely this was considered a deferral of services but in reality a portion of...
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Tags: covid19, future, health, trends, mega-trends, pandemic

cyber attacks

Cyber-attacks by enemy governments.

Posted On: November 13, 2020 by Mike Mallaro in: Healthcare, Opinions, Social commentary

Last week in my blog I discussed the widespread cyber attacks on US businesses and healthcare institutions being perpetrated by hostile foreign governments.  I believe this is a failure of the US government to meet its obligation to protect and defend Americans from foreign adversaries.  Why is our federal government failing?  I have a few theories.  Our federal government faces a myriad of complex challenges.  Their job...
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Tags: cyber attacks, cyber, data, breach, cybersecurity

cybercrime

A foreign assault right before our eyes

Posted On: November 3, 2020 by Mike Mallaro in: Healthcare, Opinions, Social commentary

Imagine a scenario where Russian warships approach America’s coast and launch an invasion of Louisiana.  Imagine further the Russian soldiers break into buildings and seize valuables – keeping some of the spoils of the invasion and offering others back to the Louisianans, but only upon payment of ransom.  Finally, imagine the USA, with its vast military, intelligence and economic powers, doing nothing, except to encourage the good folks of Louisiana to resist the invasion...
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Tags: cyber attacks, cybercrimes

custom breast prosthesis

Failure by Medicare Bureaucrats

Posted On: September 30, 2020 by Mike Mallaro in: Healthcare, VGM

pros-the-sis (noun): a device, either external or implanted, that substitutes for or supplements a missing or defective part of the body.  Medicare provides health coverage for prosthetics (artificial limbs and body parts) when need is indicated by the patient’s physician.  Makes perfect sense.  Further, Medicare coverage provides for a custom-fit prosthetic - arms, legs, ears, hands, eyes...
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Tags: custom breast prosthesis, essentially women

Healthcare Trends during the Pandemic

More updates on Healthcare during the Pandemic

Posted On: September 8, 2020 by Mike Mallaro in: Healthcare, VGM

The business of healthcare continues to face serious headwinds as a result of the pandemic.  A few newsworthy developments:  A recent Kaufman Hall analysis found hospital and health system operating margins were down 96% in 2020 (through July) as compared to same period of 2019.  A meaningful amount of that decline was offset by government intervention and financial support.  But even after all stimulus and support aid from the government, hospitals and...
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Tags: DMEPOS, future, health, trends, mega-trends, healthcare, hme, vgm

Healthcare Trends during the Pandemic

Update on healthcare trends during pandemic

Posted On: August 25, 2020 by Mike Mallaro in: Healthcare, VGM

Healthcare activity continues to be muted due to impact of the pandemic. Elective medical procedures are still tracking nearly 20% below “normal” levels.  The pipeline for new candidates for procedures in not re-filling as fast as historically.  Hip and knee replacement volume was actually slightly lower in recent weeks than in June, speaking to the pipeline issue. This same rationale will impact HME patient pipelines.  Prescription volumes were 8-10% below...
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Tags: CPAP, healthcare, healthcare trends, hme, pandemic, vgm

Healthcare Trends during the Pandemic

Healthcare Trends during the Pandemic

Posted On: July 30, 2020 by Mike Mallaro in: Healthcare, VGM

We know the pandemic has had a huge impact on the healthcare business and consumption of healthcare, and with second quarter data being reported over these past couple weeks, we can quantify some of the impacts: In reviewing second quarter financial results of the three largest health insurers reporting (UnitedHealth, Cigna and Anthem), it is clear that the pandemic is resulting in lower numbers of visits, procedures and healthcare incidents, which results in healthcare spend being meaningfully...
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Tags: coronavirus, covid, healthcare, healthcare demand, healthcare trends, pandemic

Choices

Choices

Posted On: June 22, 2020 by Mike Mallaro in: Healthcare, Social commentary, VGM, Work Culture

We all exercise freedom of choice.  We choose our partner, how to spend our time and where we buy groceries.  We choose the shows we watch, our religion and our favorite teams.  The people we serve exercise their freedom of choice as well.  Every person we do business with has a choice.  They can choose to work with us.  Alternatively, they can choose to do business with someone else, or use alternative methods that do not include us.  Success comes when make...
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Tags: choices, community, connections, relationships

Thank You

Thank You

Posted On: April 15, 2020 by Mike Mallaro in: Healthcare, Opinions

I’d like to interrupt my Power of One blog posts series this week for some well-deserved thank yous. In the midst of everything that’s going on right now, it can be easy to be so focused on protecting ourselves and our families that we forget about the brave people risking their own health every day to help us do it. So, in no particular order: · Thank you to the hospitals for going above and beyond, for working long hours, and for bravely facing the worst that this epidemic...
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Tags: thanks, thankyou, pandemic, wegotthis

5 Healthcare Predictions for the 2020s

5 Healthcare Predictions for the 2020s

Posted On: January 3, 2020 by Mike Mallaro in: Healthcare, Opinions

I’ve been talking a lot about the future lately. I think I’ll keep the crystal ball rolling just a bit longer. In an election year where healthcare has pulled ahead of the economy as the primary concern of voters, I think it’s safe to say that we can expect some changes in the next decade to the way we do business in this arena. A lot will depend on who’s in charge after November is over, but a lot won’t. As another week draws to a close, I’d like to share a few...
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Tags: future, health, trends, mega-trends