What factors are currently trending as most important to employees when it comes to their health plan benefits?

I’m quite confident in saying the answer to this will vary from person to person, but there are some generally universal essentials. In health care, we’re always talking about the financial impact of services and ways to contain costs, so that’s definitely top of mind across the board. Quality...

Apr 03, 2019

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As telemedicine sees increased utilization rates, what areas will it expand to beyond primary care?

When the idea behind telemedicine was first rolled out to the masses, the emphasis was on primary care and how these virtual visits could improve things like accessibility and convenience. But as time has gone on and people – from providers to patients – have realized the many benefits of...

Nov 28, 2018

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How is the concept of “everywhere care” affecting consumers?

This is a concept that was explored at our Cypress University conference last spring and explained as an innovation opportunity for care management by presenter Narus Health. Basically, “everywhere care” refers to the shift from limited options for receiving care (think of the long-time hospital-based focus here) to a host...

Nov 29, 2017

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Is low health literacy a problem, and what is being done to address it?

Before digging into this question, I think it would help to explain the concept. Health literacy is the ability to understand basic health information, make informed decisions based on it and navigate the health system. Without a doubt, it is something people are struggling with. When looking in to some stats,...

Aug 09, 2017

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How can we, as consumers, be more proactive about avoiding hospital readmissions?

The high rate of hospital readmissions has long been a topic of debate, especially those that are considered avoidable and happen within the first few weeks after discharge. From an employer’s point of view, these re-hospitalizations can be a source of frustration as they often lead to more extensive medical issues...

Mar 17, 2016

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