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Healthcare & Life Sciences

Curing Health Plan Ills | Article

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

Health plans can get very, very sick if they continually hear the check’s in the mail. Too many experience financial difficulties because they don’t receive timely payments from employers and members. Outsourcing their back office processes is one way they can get paid on time, says Brenda Smoker, vice president of customer support service for Synertech, a health care outsourcing provider in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Scaling the Hurdle of Trust | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Been there, done that is not a trite phrase to Skip Stitt, founder and president of Competitive Government Strategies, Inc. His consulting firm assists cities, counties, states and private-sector not-for-profit organizations on outsourcing and privatization. From experience, he knows it’s vital that government entities base their strategic decisions on best practices, for he was once a buyer. As chief operating officer and senior deputy mayor for the City of Indianapoli…

To Be Worth One’s Salt | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Prisons are one of the most difficult areas to privatize and do it well and safely, says Adrian Moore, of the Reason Foundation. While the task of taking away an offender’s liberty rightly belongs to the government’s judges and juries, the task of making sure prisoners remain in cells and behave for set periods of time is not something that only a government can do. There is no reason why prisons should not be privatized . . . as long as there is accountability…..(outsourcing)

Raising Prison Bars | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

There are arguments both for and against outsourcing and privatization of prison facilities. Some say it allows prisons to be constructed and operated more efficiently and cost-effectively. Others say a supplier’s profit may interfere with inmates’ interests. One thing cannot be disputed: it makes government and private prisons compete. That, in turn, leads to accountability…..(outsourcing)

Finding Marcus Welby in Texas | Article

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

Selecting a health care provider is tricky today because there are so many choices. To ensure the 1.8 million people enrolled in the Medicaid program in Texas have help in making that important decision, the Lone Star State decided to outsource that task, according to Larry Fisher, director, Contract Compliance division for the Texas Department of Health in Austin, Texas…

High Tech By The Numbers | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Bill Burns provides IT outsourcing for Tier 3 companies. His firm, which specializes in manufacturing ERP systems, has worked hard to build their trust with its competency. So, when a profitability problem arises or a government agency comes calling, they call his company, Shopman, Inc. in Jamison, Pennsylvania for help.

Lowering the Cost of People | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Initially, the e-commerce world was peopleless; there was a manufacturer and a consumer and almost no one in-between. Ironically, it is becoming clear that what is going to separate successful companies from unsuccessful ones in the evolving e-commerce world will be people. Outsourcing makes this possible.

Taking Care of Business | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Here is a superb example of how two organizations took an immense challenge and succeeded. The scope of EDS’s assignment was broad and pervasive: to take over the IT and some BPO functions for the Government of South Australia. The ministers literally outsourced the entire government! The benefits were wide-ranging as well: cost savings, improved services and new job creation. The relationship is noteworthy because of its grand vision and its ability to deliver…

Internet Enhances Outsourcing | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Outsourcing continues to grow and accelerate, and the benefits and human resources (HR) area is predicted to enjoy a large growth rate in 2000. Bryan Dole, business leader, benefit administration operations for Hewitt Associates, says the most significant development for outsourcing in general, as well as HR and benefits outsourcing, will be greater utilization of the Internet…

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