healthcare-tech-tool

What if employees could access their workplace benefits in a way that inspired them to make better healthcare decisions? What if the same tool equipped employers to evaluate benefits programs, tailor them to their workforce and communicate with employees more easily? That’s what Castlight Health is for. Our tech tool spotlight this week offers a…

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healthcare

Healthcare pricing has historically been opaque, to put it gently. For the consumer, “infuriating” might be a better description. For about as long as the healthcare industry has existed, consumers have had an extremely difficult time coaxing straight answers on how much their care will cost. “Because of the way insurance companies set up their…

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cost-of-healthcare

The fourth of a four part series Welcome back to our “High Cost of Healthcare” series. In this fourth article we will focus on perverse incentives, in part due to unintended outcomes of healthcare reform. Examples of unintended consequences in healthcare include: Doctors may be financially-incentivized to order more procedures and acute interventions rather than…

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cost-of-healthcare

Last week we discussed how employers can work with employees to reduce healthcare costs through increased pricing transparency. Today’s focus is on the power employers have to effect change with health plan carriers, service providers and healthcare professionals. Below is a simplified overview of five complex relationships that influence the healthcare equation. Disconnection between employers…

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cost-of-healthcare

The second of a four part series Each year in the United States, companies spend over $300 billion more in healthcare costs than they need to according to the 2012 Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundationreport. The Kaiser Foundation survey reviewed the costs of knee and hip replacement surgeries, and what they discovered was shocking. Prices…

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cost-of-healthcare

The first of a four-part series Despite sweeping changes under the Affordable Care Act, healthcare in the U.S. is still a system in crisis. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) estimate that U.S. healthcare spending will reach nearly $5 trillion – or 20 percent of GDP – by 2021. One of the biggest…

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healthcare-legislation

Last week, we traveled to Washington DC to attend the National Association of Health Underwriters’ 2015 Capitol Conference. It’s a trip we look forward to every year – not just for the opportunity to break out our coats and scarves, but also for the chance to make our voices heard and lobby for health reform…

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