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 Save Money, Patients Often Pay More. The New York Times funded an analysis of 25 metropolitan areas with the most mergers between 2010-2013, finding that...

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Is There a Gender Bias in Financial Wellness?

Is there a gender bias in financial wellness? The short answer is yes. But still read the blog! A report by the National Institute on Retirement Security found that women are 80% more likely than men to be impoverished at age 65 and older, while women between the ages of 75 to 79 are three...

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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 which includes: Unnecessary services Excessive administrative costs Fraud Other problems. Employers who foot the bill can grit their teeth and tell you exactly how many...

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Why You Should Assess Employees’ Retirement Readiness

The number of older Americans working in the US rose to 8.9 million in 2016, a 35% increase from the 6.6 million employed in 2011 (Bureau of Labor Statistics-BLS). The BLS projects this to be the fastest growing segment of the workforce through 2024. Not surprising, older workers with college degrees have more opportunities to...

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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 game, causing a “fractured relationship” with his teammates who now lack confidence in his ability to lead the team (The Athletic). Sadly, Carr’s story is...

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