Recent News about Bundle Payments, Opioids, and Pharmacy Costs

I’ve recently come across several articles about topics my colleagues and I have written about in previous blogs this year. Since they were also some of our most popular efforts,...

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The Impact of Hospital Mergers on Healthcare Prices

Hospitals have been merging for more than a decade. Supporters claim that these consolidations improve care coordination and lower prices. But do they? No, according to When Hospitals Merge to...

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Wasteful Healthcare Spending: A Significant Cost Driver for Employers

We all know that healthcare coverage is expensive, but did you know that it can be wasteful too? According to the Institute of Medicine, about $750 billion is wasted spending...

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Access to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data: Balancing Privacy with Treatment Efficacy

Mental health is big news in the NFL right now and Derek Carr of the Oakland Raiders is at its center. Carr allegedly cried on the sidelines during a recent...

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Untreated Mental Illnesses and its Consequences

Employers could save $4 for every $1 spent by providing more comprehensive mental healthcare coverage, according to a brief issued in September by the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions....

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Balance Billing Impacts You and Your Employees

You work hard to negotiate rates with in-network healthcare service providers to keep benefits costs in check. But there are a few cracks in the system that may result in...

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Obesity: A Weighty Issue for Employers

Since the 1980s, obesity rates have doubled for adults and tripled for children. While the overall trend slowed from 2015 to 2016, obesity continues to be a growing concern in...

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Opioid Alternative to Treat Pain Could Increase Costs and Health Risks

We’re winning the war on opioids, according to a study by Avalere, which showed that the number of opioid prescriptions sold in the US declined 11% in 2017. The decline...

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Vacations Recharge Employees’ Batteries and May Help Your Bottom Line

While I was trying to think of a topic for this blog, my thoughts kept drifting to my upcoming vacation. I’m taking time off to be with my family and...

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A Look at the Health Conditions Driving Employer Healthcare Costs

You’re always seeking ways to keep your healthcare costs in check. One of the best ways is to understand what’s driving your costs. The International Foundation of Employee Benefits Plans...

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