Pepsi: Disease Management Saves $136 PMPM, Wellness—Not So Much


The 2nd most read article from Health Affairs in 2014 was a fantastic piece by the employee benefits professionals from Pepsi and researchers from the RAND Corporation. The article originally published in January 2014 came in 2nd in terms of Most Views in 2014 to an overview of healthcare spending ... Read More

How to Make an Educated Price-Transparency Vendor Decision

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Employers have multiple options regarding healthcare price-transparency vendors.  The main motivation I have seen for needing such a vendor is movement to a Consumer-Directed Health Plan or High-Deductible Health Plan or what is sometimes referred to as an Account-Based Health Plan. The ... Read More

6 Step Checklist for Hospital Discharges


Just had a baby?  Had outpatient surgery on your knee?  Been in the hospital for chest pain? If you are in any of these situations, then you are having a Care Transition.  That is, you are going from one place of care to another.  Typically, this is from the hospital or outpatient facility to ... Read More

Top 5 Doctor’s Wishes for Patient Visits


  There is an interesting article in the June 1, 2015 issue of Internal Medicine News by Dr. Karmela K. Chan entitled, “A Wish List for a Better Doctor Visit.” (Re-published on this site as well, CLICK HERE to read) In the article, Dr. Chan lists her Top 5 things SHE would want from ... Read More

4 Steps to Vendor Assessment: Learn a Framework from the Best

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As employee benefits professionals—and even as individual consumers—we use a particular framework when assessing our choices.  Often this framework is unconscious, but if we can make it conscious then we can better understand that framework, adapt to our particular situation and as a result—make ... Read More

No Transparency in Medical Research = Faulty Science?


There is an excellent article posted on the journal Nature’s website on August 13, 2015 by Chris Woolston entitled, “Registered Clinical Trials Make Positive Findings Vanish.” The journal Nature is highly prestigious and has a very large readership of scientists worldwide.  Being published in ... Read More