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]

Will the Urge to Merge Help Healthcare?

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The announcement this week that CVS would be acquiring Aetna is the latest effort to remake U.S. healthcare. Costs are still spiraling upwards at an unsustainable rate and try as we can, inertia makes efficiency and cost reduction battles difficult to win. “Bigger” hasn’t done much to reduce costs. The health insurance market is down to… [Read More]

Another Setback for Private Exchanges

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Only three years ago, we were told that the future of healthcare had arrived. Mimicking employers’ transition of retirement plan treatment, employers were going to be freezing traditional benefit programs en masse and migrating their employees to a “defined contribution” private exchange model – a model where costs were fixed and employees bear the financial… [Read More]

The Great Debate: Cannon v. Gruber

The Great Debate: Cannon v. Gruber

Two weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending the 2015 Sun Life Wake Up Summit which featured a debate on ACA topics between two of the greatest intellectuals on the subject. Jonathan Gruber, one of the architects of the law, represented the pro-ACA position and Michael Cannon, a key driver behind the King v…. [Read More]

Healthcare Realities Hit Harvard University

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You have to be pretty smart to understand healthcare. Ask the faculty at Harvard. They were generally strong advocates for the Affordable Care Act during the initial debate – after all, healthcare should be a right and not a privilege. We are a rich nation and progressive, means-based cost-sharing seems only fair. Wealthier Americans should… [Read More]

A Talk with Dave Cordani of Cigna

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On Wednesday I attended a meeting with Dave Cordani, the CEO of Cigna. He is considered one of the big thinkers in healthcare and I am happy to say that his talk was very much in line with the blogs I have been publishing. Healthcare is changing. Our country is moving from pay-for-volume to pay-for-value…. [Read More]