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What Millennials Expect from Their Healthcare Benefits

Posted by Michael Poelman on Dec 1, 2017 11:43:38 AM

Regardless of the millennial stereotypes that exist, some of which may or may not be true, one thing is for sure: millennials care about their health. Evidenced by the rise in popularity of health food retailers and gym memberships, it is safe to say millennials are striving to be the healthiest generation yet. This sentiment is reflected in what they have come to expect from their employee benefit packages.

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Topics: Care Coordination

How Self-Funding Helps Mid-Sized Companies Get Ahead of Large Healthcare Claims

Posted by Michael Poelman on Oct 13, 2017 12:52:28 PM

When you sign up for health insurance what value does it add to your life? Sure, it’s something we are required to have, but what do we really mean when we say the phrase “health insurance?”

Did you know the word “insurance” comes from the 16th century Old French word “ensurance?” This roughly translates to “assurance; safe and secure.” Now, do any of these words actually come to mind when you call your insurance company or face the bill after a procedure?

Didn’t think so.

Instead, common associations are probably more in line with “dread,” “terror,” or “not again.” How did we stray so far from the original intent of this word? Excuse my French, but what the health happened?

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Topics: Care Coordination, Self Funded Insurance

Healthcare Bills Out of Control? 3 Ideas to Consider Now

Posted by Michael Poelman on Jul 26, 2017 2:15:00 PM

The uncertainty surrounding the future of healthcare in the United States has put many Americans on edge. The proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and replace it with the Republican-sponsored American Health Care Act (or Better Care Reconciliation Act) is making people feel unsure, and possibly leaving many Americans uninsured.

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Topics: Care Coordination, Employee Benefits, Self Funded Insurance

How Care Coordination Gives Members Better Service than the Waldorf

Posted by Michael Poelman on May 1, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Healthcare isn’t exactly known for its high-touch customer service. Getting in and out of the doctor’s office or the hospital in a reasonable amount of time is about as much as most people ask for, and even that can be a challenge. When you need to coordinate multiple physicians and specialists, the process becomes even more daunting.

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Topics: Care Coordination

4 Ways Telemedicine is Changing the Healthcare Landscape

Posted by Michael Poelman on Apr 5, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Telemedicine has revolutionized healthcare delivery in recent years by bringing doctors into living rooms via video. What once might have been considered science fiction is very much a reality.

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Topics: Care Coordination

Ready or Not...Care Coordination is Coming. Here’s Why.

Posted by Michael Poelman on Feb 20, 2017 8:00:00 AM

The healthcare delivery process has traditionally been fragmented and confusing for consumers. While evaluations, specialty care, drug delivery and rehabilitation are rightly handled by different practitioners, there’s rarely meaningful coordination between the individual components.

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Topics: Care Coordination

5 Trends to Expect from the Healthcare Industry in 2017

Posted by Michael Poelman on Feb 13, 2017 8:00:00 AM

The political decision on whether to change or repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is lining up to take center stage in healthcare news this year. However, issues such as drug costs, healthcare consumerism and a rise in technology - or telemedicine - are also making headlines.

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Topics: Benefits

Would You Rather Shop for a TV or Shop for Healthcare Benefits?

Posted by Michael Poelman on Nov 29, 2016 6:29:08 PM

Last year, consumer healthcare solutions leader Alegeus Technologies announced its inaugural Healthcare Consumerism Index, which sought to measure consumer behavior and engagement during the healthcare purchasing process.

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Topics: Employee Benefits

How to Navigate the Rise of Healthcare Consumerism

Posted by Michael Poelman on Nov 14, 2016 11:00:00 AM

A widespread complaint among self-insured employers and healthcare consultants is that employees are not engaged in their healthcare programs. In a rapidly changing healthcare marketplace where consumers have more control over their healthcare than ever before, their involvement is critical.

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