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Bending the cost curve

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Paladina Health Vice President of National Business Development, Karen Hjerleid, explains why employers and benefit advisers are increasingly looking at onsite and near-site clinics as a means of bending the trend of rising healthcare costs and poor outcomes. 

PODCAST OVERVIEW

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Healthcare costs continue to skyrocket in the U.S. despite government regulations aimed at moving us towards a more value-based healthcare reimbursement model. According to the Milliman Medical Index, the average total healthcare cost for a family of four including both employer and employee spending has risen 167 percent since 2002 from $9,235 to $24,671. These increases have negatively impacted both employer profitability and employee disposable income in a big way.

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Part 5: Best Practices to Empower Consumer Driven Healthcare

This is the last article in our five-part series, “The Evolution of Consumer Driven Health Plans: From Cost Shifting to True Healthcare Consumerism.” The goal of the series is to help employers and plan managers assess both the positive and negative consequences of CDHPs, and to recommend steps they can take to better equip employees to be informed healthcare consumers.  In our last article, we assessed the impact of CDHPs on employee finances, health and satisfaction.  Here we will recommend changes to the CDHP delivery m

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Since 2009 the number of freestanding emergency departments (FSEDs) has more than doubled from approximately 200 to nearly 500.  Yet, during the same period, there has been widespread reporting on the overuse of expensive emergency room (ER) care, and many provisions were built into the Affordable Care Act to incent plans and providers to adopt programs that provide lower cost alternatives to ER use for patients. 

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At Paladina Health we approach patient satisfaction differently.  We don’t use healthcare industry benchmarks to set our targets because, frankly, patient satisfaction across our industry is far too low.  Instead, we’ve studied leading, consumer companies such as Zappos, Nordstrom, Marriott and Apple and incorporated their best-practices into our service delivery model.

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Part 4: Impact of Consumer Driven Health Plans on Employees

This is the fourth in our five-part series, “The Evolution of Consumer Driven Health Plans: From Cost Shifting to True Healthcare Consumerism.”  The goal of the series is to help employers and plan managers assess both the positive and negative consequences of CDHPs, and to recommend steps they can take to better equip employees to be informed healthcare consumers.  In our last article, we defined the various forms of CDHPs available on the market and explored the rapid adoption of these plans.

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Growth of CDHPs

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Part 3: Growth of Consumer Driven Health Plans

This is the third in our five-part series, “The Evolution of Consumer Driven Health Plans: From Cost Shifting to True Healthcare Consumerism.” The goal of the series is to help employers and plan managers assess both the positive and negative consequences of CDHPs, and to recommend steps they can take to better equip employees to be informed healthcare consumers. In our last article, we shared the primary drivers of the cost increases that have given rise to the CDHP movement.

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The healthcare industry continues to struggle with rising costs, access constraints and the burden of an aging population where 49% of Americans suffer from one or more chronic conditions.  2016 will see more innovations aimed at addressing these monumental issues.  Some of the most exciting trends are helping speed the migration of the U.S.

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Mapping the Genome

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There’s so much happening in healthcare right now, it’s hard for me to narrow the important things to pay most attention to in 2016. Here are the top 5 changes in healthcare on my radar to track this year:

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Part 2: Drivers of Healthcare Spending Increases

This is the second installment in our five-part series, “The Evolution of Consumer Driven Health Plans: From Cost Shifting to True Healthcare Consumerism.” The goal of the series is to help employers and plan managers assess both the positive and negative consequences of CDHPs, and to recommend steps they can take to better equip employees to be informed healthcare consumers.

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