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How the 2018 Midterm Results Impact Healthcare

In this final quarter of 2018, most of the attention of the news cycle has been fixed on the U.S. Midterm Election. Within that complex national conversation, as we’ve shared before, the biggest player was healthcare. According to exit poll data, 41% of voters ranked...

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Healthcare Startups Are Making Their Mark

CNBC recently released their list of the top 100 startups to watch, and the yearly list has some noteworthy implications for the healthcare landscape. Amid the usual tech and financial startup candidates, there are 14 different healthcare companies featured. These...

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5 Innovative Ideas Changing Healthcare in 2018

With technological change and advancement happening faster than ever, it’s no surprise that how we do business is changing at every level, including how business is done with regard to the healthcare industry. Beyond the medical science that is such a crucial part of...

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Pressure Building on Healthcare Status Quo

Amazon continues to do what the rest of the market seems unable (or unwilling) to do: challenge the status quo of the medical industrial complex. We’ve already talked about how Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase have banded together to create a company that...

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Workers: Uninsured and At Risk

In a study a few years ago, The Commonwealth Fund put words to a truth every employer and employee knows intuitively: “Employer-sponsored insurance coverage forms the backbone of the U.S. system of health insurance.” The majority of insured Americans rely on their...

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Reference-Based Pricing To the Rescue

Almost everyone has heard stories about unsuspecting patients being coerced into paying whatever astronomical price the medical industry claims their care is worth. Often even if someone has health insurance from a major provider, the billing process can go...

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Concierge Health: Now Serving… You

Concierge service is a personal, simplified way of connecting customers to the services that would help them the most. Think of a hotel concierge connecting guests to the best their city has to offer, or a residential concierge can help connect dwellers to things like...

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Inconsistent hospital bills need accountability

When patients (and healthcare providers) get their bill from the hospital, there are a number of things about it that just feel wrong. For starters, people don’t know how much they’re paying until they get the bill—something that would never fly in any other industry....

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Trust in healthcare is eroding

There are a myriad of healthcare issues plaguing patients these days--from snowballing costs, to backroom deals, to misdiagnoses, to a general lack of quality time with providers--and that's leading people to increasingly distrust the industry. According to The New...

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The Consolidation Threat

Hospitals and healthcare systems have been big players in the current culture of ever-rising costs in the industry, and a rapidly growing trend of consolidation appears to be making things worse. Back in 2011, The New York Times reported that a "majority" of...

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The Dangers of Specialty Drugs

We can’t say enough about how the pharmaceutical benefit can become a black hole of costs for companies, and how transparency, adequate access to generics and advocacy can turn the tide against the seemingly endless price increases. While we’ve talked before about...

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Taking Your Business Captive

When we're helping various companies take back their budget in the face of out-of-control healthcare costs, one of the biggest things we recommend at Captiva Benefit Solutions is for mid-sized companies (between 50 and 1,000 employees) to form or join a healthcare...

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RoboCare: A.I. is the Future

While artificial intelligence (AI) is often the villain in sci-fi Hollywood thrillers, it has incredible potential to streamline, democratize and straighten out much in the healthcare industry. In his article in Health Fidelity, Steve Whitehurst shared four key...

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Hospital Bills: A Moving Target

Imagine sitting down at a restaurant, ordering a burger, and getting your bill for $10. Your friends at the table ordered the same thing, but when their bills arrive, you notice one friend is charged $4.50, and another is asked to pay $250. You all shake your heads at...

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Don’t Wait For Capitol Hill

In our last blog, we talked about how the need for cheaper prescription drugs is a top-of-mind issue for most Americans. We also talked about how some of the problem can be laid on the PBM "middle men" who aren't acting in companies' best interests. Interestingly,...

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Transparent Pharma: The Future Is Now

One of the U.S.'s biggest drugstore chains, CVS Pharmacy, recently conducted a survey that revealed more than 80 percent of Americans are concerned about the rising costs of prescription drugs in this country. Truth be told, that's a fair concern. The U.S. Government...

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Three PPO Myths

Plenty of employers have hitched their wagons to PPOs--that is, Preferred Provider Organizations. Drawn-in by the promises of physician flexibility combined with cost savings for "in-network" providers, PPOs aren't as restrictive as HMOs but also are a little spendier...

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Where Does the Money Go?

In 2014, U.S. health expenditures reached $3 billion (yes, with a B), according to analysis by the American Medical Association. As we've talked about before, at more than $9,000 spent per person on average, that's the highest rate in the world--and by many measures,...

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Quality over Quantity: A Crucial Paradigm

Imagine this: you’re sitting at the doctor’s office, waiting for your appointment that was scheduled 30 minutes ago. Finally, your name is called, and you have all your vitals checked by a nurse for five minutes, before waiting in an examination room for another 10...

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Choices in Healthcare Isn’t the Problem

It’s probably safe to say that very few people across the United States believe healthcare is in a good place and doesn’t need fixing. From cable news pundits to your hairdresser to Congress, plenty of people are talking about healthcare (and have for decades), and...

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How’s Your Healthcare Business Going?

One of the truths that’s sometimes hard to get across to people is the fact that many companies are, in fact, running healthcare businesses. For most companies, healthcare is the second largest expense after payroll. That’s not a surprise with most corporations...

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The Big Reason Healthcare Costs Keep Climbing

It’s no secret that the cost of healthcare plans are in a seemingly never-ending ascent in the U.S. According to financial site The Balance, healthcare has become one of the country’s largest industries, accounting for 17.8 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product....

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Top 10 Countries for Healthcare Spending

Plain and simple, health insurance plans are expensive. People are paying more than ever before--not just in the U.S., but around the world, too. While most countries in the world average about 9 percent of their gross domestic product (GDP) in healthcare spending,...

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