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The Disruptive Rise of Value-Based Care

September 16, 2014 Comments off

The Disruptive Rise of Value-Based Care
Source: Deloitte

The health care industry is ripe for disruptive innovation as systemic challenges continue to face the industry and stakeholders demand increased value.

A successful disruptor could emerge as value–based care gains traction and providers and health plans continue to look for new ways to deliver care and utilize technology to meet the needs of health care consumers.

The potential disruptor could enter the market with a low-cost solution that initially serves an unattractive segment. Powered by an enabling technology, this new solution could, in short order, meet mainstream customers’ needs so much better that the innovator unseats the market leader.

This is a likely scenario in the primary care physician market, where patient visits could shift to lower-cost settings, such as e-visits, or alternative clinicians, such as nurse practitioners.

Good for what ails us: The disruptive rise of value-based care explores how and where disruptive innovation might occur in health care, discusses what can be learned from other industries that have faced similar disruption and outlines innovation opportunities in a post-reform world.

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Safe as Houses: Majorities of Americans See Home Ownership, Gold and Jewelry as Safe Investments

September 14, 2014 Comments off

Safe as Houses: Majorities of Americans See Home Ownership, Gold and Jewelry as Safe Investments (PDF)
Source: Harris Interactive

Despite periods of volatility in the real estate market over the past few years, over seven in ten Americans (72%) see owning a home as a safe investment. Majorities agree on this point across generations, albeit with considerable shifts from one generation to the next: nine in ten Matures (89%) see home ownership as a safe investment, compared to just over three-fourths of Baby Boomers (77%) and seven in ten Gen Xers (70%). Even among Millennials – for whom the subprime mortgage crisis of 2007-2008 and the ensuing financial crisis it helped kick off is likely a more formative experience – the majority still see home ownership as a safe investment (63%), albeit with a slimmer majority vote than any of their elder counterparts.

Majorities of Americans also see gold (65%) and jewelry (59%) as safe investments.

Two degrees of separation: ambition and reality — Low Carbon Economy Index 2014

September 12, 2014 Comments off

Two degrees of separation: ambition and reality — Low Carbon Economy Index 2014 (PDF)
Source: PricewaterhouseCoopers

The 2014 Low Carbon Economy Index (LCEI) shows an unmistakeable trend. For the sixth year running, the global economy has missed the decarbonisation target needed to limit global warming to 2˚C. Confronted with the challenge in 2013 of decarbonising at 6% a year, we managed only 1.2%. To avoid two degrees of warming, the global economy now needs to decarbonise at 6.2% a year, more than five times faster than the current rate, every year from now till 2100. On our current burn rate we blow our carbon budget by 2034, sixty six years ahead of schedule. This trajectory, based on IPCC data, takes us to four degrees of warming by the end of the century.

Public holiday entitlement varies greatly around the world

September 12, 2014 Comments off

Public holiday entitlement varies greatly around the world
Source: Mercer

Employees in India and Colombia benefit from the greatest number of public holidays in the world while Mexicans have access to the least, according to data from Mercer’s Worldwide Benefit and Employment Guidelines. The report is used by HR directors of multinational companies to help define the employee benefit policies in the countries in which they operate. It provides an overview of mandatory and private benefit practices, statutory regulations and employment conditions across 64 major economies.

Full report available for purchase.
Hat tip: IWS Documented News Service

Doctors, Military Officers, Firefighters, and Scientists Seen as Among America’s Most Prestigious Occupations

September 11, 2014 Comments off

Doctors, Military Officers, Firefighters, and Scientists Seen as Among America’s Most Prestigious Occupations (PDF)
Source: Harris Interactive

When shown a list of occupations and asked how much prestige each job possesses, doctors top the Harris Poll’s list, with 88% of U.S. adults considering it to have either “a great deal of prestige” (45%) or to “have prestige” (44%).

After doctors, the rest of the top ten occupations seen as prestigious include military officers (78%), firefighters (76%), scientists (76%), nurses (70%), engineers (69%), police officers (66%), priests/ministers/clergy (62%), architects (62%), and athletes (60%).

US States: For Richer, For Poorer?

September 11, 2014 Comments off

US States: For Richer, For Poorer?
Source: Accenture

Accenture’s latest public service research explores threats to standard of living and the actions governments can take to help ensure that effective labor markets secure the well-being of states, provinces and nations.

For this research, we analyzed the implications of demographic changes in 162 countries. We surveyed citizens, job seekers, employers and public employment service officials in the United States, as well as 10 other countries and the Canadian province of Ontario. We also conducted targeted surveys in 12 states.

For our US research, Accenture focused on this burning platform: States are engaged in a battle for the talent they need to power their economies. Unless the share of people working increases and those who are employed become significantly more productive, the standard of living 15 years from now will decline to what it was 15 years ago.

To secure growth in standard of living, states must identify innovative approaches to increase employment, increase workers’ productivity and ensure that people are maximizing the value of their talents in the workforce.

Deloitte Review — Issue 15

September 11, 2014 Comments off

Deloitte Review — Issue 15
Source: Deloitte

Is the romance gone? An extensive new study suggests that Gen Y takes a more pragmatic view of car ownership. Deloitte Review issue 15 also explores analytics and predicting behavior; new players in the intellectual property arena; the economics of additive manufacturing, and the persistent problem of labor abuse in supply chains.

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