Can You Believe What Happened to Me at the Pharmacy?

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This is going to be a rant blog. I happen to know that a lot of people from Aetna (which is my insurer) read this. But, it really doesn’t matter whether it’s Aetna or another medical insurer – they all have the same issues. Thankfully I am reasonably healthy. As with most people, my most frequent encounter with the… [Read More]

Preventive Care that Actually Saves Money… Dental

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Over the last two decades, the healthcare industry has tied itself in knots in order to validate the business case behind preventive medical care. And although preventive care services offer a variety of benefits – social and humanitarian, for example – the data seems almost conclusive that economics is not quite one of them. Too… [Read More]

Healthcare Has Been Screaming for a Disruptor

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Someone heard. Rumors have been swirling that Amazon, the market status quo killer, was setting its sights on healthcare – one of the least transparent and most inefficient markets – which accounts for almost 20% of U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Today Amazon joined with market-savvy Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase to announce that a new… [Read More]

Dodging the Tax Reform Bullet

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There is a real retirement savings crisis brewing in this country. Many folks are simply not saving enough to pay all their expenses for 20 or more years in retirement. That is why it was alarming when some of the early proposals of the tax reform package that was recently passed included such disincentives to… [Read More]

Chipping Away at the Affordable Care Act Isn’t Getting to the Real Issue

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So, the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) individual mandate penalty has been reduced to zero, the Cadillac Tax has been delayed for two more years (and may likely never be implemented) and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has been funded for six years. Now more than 1.75 million children in 20 states, who were at risk of losing their healthcare, can breathe… [Read More]

CVS-Aetna – a Few Weeks Later

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So the CVS-Aetna deal has been seasoning a bit and I really haven’t heard of any major roadblocks to approval. And early integration planning is starting. Not that integration teams are that much of an indication as they didn’t portend a good result for the Aetna-Humana or Anthem-CIGNA mergers. It would seem that horizontal integration is… [Read More]

Is the Stop Loss Market Finally Firming?

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For self-insured employers, the stop loss or reinsurance market has been a haven for competition for many years. Fueled by the competitive forces of carriers entering the market and those seeking growth at all costs, pricing remained soft – insurers seeking rate increases were met with stiff competition and ultimately had to decide to either… [Read More]

A Look at 2018 Healthcare Issues

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Price Waterhouse’s Health Research Institute released their 2018 Top Health Industry Issues report. 2017 was quite a year for healthcare as the industry tried to address controlling healthcare costs in light of the failure of legislative reform along with natural disasters, opioid abuse and cyber security – and all of those issues continue. With the inability… [Read More]

Wellness Incentive Rules – and the Saga Continues…

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Yep, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is back to the drawing board, reworking and finalizing new wellness regulations for 2019. We know that all wellness programs must be deemed “voluntary” for employees to participate in; but employees can be penalized thousands of dollars for not doing a screening or answering personal health questions through… [Read More]