Welcome to the holiday edition of The Acclivity Health Report! As we approach the end of the year, many of our readers take the opportunity to set aside their hiring and career goals for just a few weeks to focus more on family, friends, and the holidays.
Most of us like the holiday season. It’s a time of year that we can relax and enjoy the company of our friends and family, while planning for the New Year ahead. The holidays can also be hectic and make it challenging to maintain focus, especially at work.
Economists agree that while the timing is uncertain, the U.S. is overdue for a recession by several markers. And while logic dictates that people's need for healthcare services will persist through financial struggles, the industry could still get hit hard if the economy sags significantly.
UnitedHealthcare, the nation’s largest health insurance provider, has teamed up with Walgreens to provide Medicare services centers within 14 Walgreens stores across five metropolitan areas. The two companies are also collaborating on new AARP MA plans for prescription drug coverage.
If you look around your healthcare organization, do you see engaged and efficient clinicians? Do you see happy patients? Do your most recent clinician satisfaction scores make you proud? If that's not the case, it's time to think about incorporating a culture of joy and love into your hospital or health system to turn things around.
Aetna had been looking for a pharmacy partner, and if the $37 billion purchase of Humana had gone through, it would have been Aetna that bought CVS Health, and not the other way around, Bertolini said in a November 5 interview.