Current State of Health Benefit Strategies

With unemployment being lower and the economy continuing to be strong, employers need to attract and retain employees. The threat of quality employees leaving is higher now, and I am sure there is some pent-up desire to change jobs. According to the Willis Towers Watson 23rd Annual Best Practices in Health Care Employer Survey, employers...

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Employer Healthcare Benefits: A Look Back at 2018

I, like most of you, was fortunate to spend the holidays reminiscing with family and imprinting new memories in my mind. Looking back on the year and planning for the new one ahead sparked the idea for the topic of this post—the state of employer-paid healthcare benefits in 2018. My next post will look at...

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The Cost of Medication Nonadherence

Medication adherence is generally defined as the extent to which patients take medication as prescribed by their doctors. This involves factors such as getting prescriptions filled, remembering to take medications on time, and understanding the directions. Surprisingly, 50% of patients do not take their medications as prescribed. Patient nonadherence to prescribed medications is associated with:...

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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, I decided to provide updates in this, my last blog of 2018. Where did the time go? Balance Billing Balance billing, the amount patients are...

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Healthcare Consumerism

Only a short time ago, consumerism in healthcare was not existent, like replay review in sports or Uber in the transportation industry. The reason for the lack of consumerism is that in the past, employer health plans boasted no member cost sharing. Members paid relatively low paycheck deductions, had scant cost sharing, and didn’t think...

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