Employers, unions look to direct contracting for health system contracts

Brian Klepper and I just published a piece entitled:

Employers, unions look to direct contracting for health system contracts

Some key points:

“Industry denials notwithstanding, reducing healthcare costs is fundamentally against nearly every healthcare organization’s perceived economic interests.”

“Florida’s Gov. Rick Scott, former CEO of Hospital Corporation of America, pointed out at a venture capital conference a few years ago, ‘What business wants to make half this year what they did last year? That’s why the healthcare industry won’t fix the healthcare industry.’ “

So purchasers beware. You can read the article by clicking the link to the story at Employee Benefit News:

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And if you’d like to learn ways to lower your healthcare costs, contact Brian or me at Health Value Direct

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Interview at ASAP conference Sao Paulo Brazil, April 2016

While presenting and attending the ASAP 2016 Population Health Forum, I was interviewed about population health. Topics touched upon include value based care and payments, what should Brazil look to do and incentives.  You can watch it here:

 

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Tom Chamberlain, CEO of EdLogics on PopHealth Week

In attempting to control healthcare costs, improve health and seek better utilization of healthcare services by their employees,  one key area of focus by employers needs to be health literacy. It’s clear that poor health literacy is a strong indicator of health care costs. Here are some statistics:

Health Literacy Stats

 

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Tom Chamberlain, PharmD, the Founder and CEO of EdLogics joined Gregg Masters  and me on PopHealth Week  to discuss their platform and how it works to improve Health Literacy and engagement.

 

From their marketing materials:

EdLogics is an education-based consumer engagement company that provides innovative health education and learning management solutions to employers, health plans, healthcare providers, and government entities. Through interactive game-based learning, multimedia educational programs, innovative gamification strategies, and rewards for educational achievement, EdLogics is transforming the way consumers learn about health. The EdLogics Platform makes learning fun and engaging, measures learning comprehension, improves health literacy, and empowers consumers to take greater responsibility for managing their health.

You can learn more about their platform via this video (http://www.edlogics.com/overview/)and listen to the interview on PopHealth Week below:

 

 

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For full disclosure, I am an advisor to EdLogics.

PopHealth Week is Produced by Health Innovation Media

 

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Ray Fabius, MD, a Discussion about Employee Health and a Whole Lot More

Ray FabiusAt the Population Health Alliance Forum last fall, covered by Health Innovation Media, I had the chance to chat with Ray Fabius, MD, CEO and Founder of HealthNext. We discussed a lot of ground including Culture of Health, the impact of creating a culture of health on productivity and company performance, HealthNext and the second Edition of Population Health: Creating a Culture of Wellness which he co-authored with David Nash, MD.   Ray brings his incredible experience and intellect to this insightful session, have a listen.

 

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Thanks to Gregg Masters the Producer and Co-host of PopHealth Week.

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A Bill You Can Understand: One Page, One Line, One Price

At the recent Health Datapalooza conferenceSylvia Burwell, the HHS Secretary announced a new initiative, A Bill you Can Understand, :

a challenge to encourage health care organizations, designers, developers, digital tech companies and other innovators to design a medical bill that’s simpler, cleaner, and easier for patients to understand, and to improve patients’ experience of the overall medical billing process.

This is a laudable if perhaps slightly misdirected effort.

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