Why Employers Should Practice Medicine

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Every businessperson will tell you that the key to reducing costs in any industry vertical is by reducing the amount of friction in the transaction. Friction is created every time an additional party is brought to the transaction because that party will likely have its own profit incentive, thereby increasing the cost of the product… [Read More]

Start with Pharmacy to Reduce Healthcare Costs

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I was at dinner the other night discussing President Trump’s lashing out at insurance carriers and issuing an executive order to suspend federal funding for exchange cost-sharing subsidies (which last week I said was misguided). And my friend, a former insurance company executive, pointed out that since the Affordable Care Act’s passage, healthcare company profits and… [Read More]

Insurance Carriers Reducing the Cost of Care

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This week I am attending the Cigna National Producer Advisory meeting. I am pleased to say that Cigna, as well as all the national insurance carriers, are busy moving forward the goal of reducing healthcare costs by aligning interests. Physicians will receive additional compensation if results establish quality care, a favorable member experience and affordability… [Read More]

2017 Kaiser Family Foundation Survey Results

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Kaiser has just published its 2017 annual benefits survey and I think the folks in Washington, D.C. all need a copy. Approximately half of the United States’ non-elderly population gets healthcare coverage through their employer, so this survey reveals what many Americans are experiencing. While employer coverage is far better, in many respects, than the coverage… [Read More]

Anthem Gets Tough with Hospitals

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One of the greatest frustrations our self-funded (and to a lesser extent, fully-insured) clients voice is that – despite the hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars they pay the insurers to assist in managing their health plan spend – too often it appears the insurers are complicit in the rising healthcare spend by not… [Read More]

Insurers, Providers and Employers on a Collision Course 

Insurers, Providers and Employers on a Collision Course 

Trying to control healthcare costs is like trying to pick up Jell-O pudding with a pair of chop sticks. It is virtually impossible. The employer-based healthcare system relies on their intermediaries – primarily the large national insurers – to negotiate discounts, provide claims-paying acumen, fraud oversight and clinical expertise, among other things, in the administration of… [Read More]

Limiting the Employer Exclusion for Healthcare Is the Wrong Idea

Limiting the Employer Exclusion for Healthcare Is the Wrong Idea

The Republicans are looking everywhere for funds to fix healthcare, as well they should. This problem is not an easy one to solve, however. Under ACA, employers were faced with the Cadillac Tax and as a result they wasted no time in planning to mitigate the effect. While the Democrats seemed to believe that this… [Read More]

And You Thought There Was Nothing New in Healthcare? Shifting from “Volume” to “Value”

And You Thought There Was Nothing New in Healthcare

High deductible plans are running their course. Wellness, while useful, isn’t delivering immediate savings. Many of our clients are wondering what “the next big thing” is in healthcare delivery. Alongside the rising trend of healthcare consumerism, Accountable Care Organizations and the buzz of private exchanges stormed into the healthcare delivery conversation. We’re now starting to… [Read More]

The “Sitting Disease” is Killing Your Employees

The Sitting Disease is Killing Your Employees

As I deposit a check through an app on my phone (for my bank that’s less than 6 blocks from my apartment) I realize just how easy humans have it nowadays. In an age of convenience we’re more sedentary than ever. The average office worker sits for around 10 hours each day – moving from… [Read More]

Are Association Health Plans a Good Idea?

Are Association Health Plans a Good Idea

A topic often discussed in the healthcare debate is Association Health Plans (AHPs). Proponents believe that small businesses with a common thread should be able to join together to purchase healthcare in the same way larger employers do, negotiating component costs with bargaining clout of the combined employee lives. And recently, the “Small Business Health… [Read More]