Reference-Based Pricing — A “Transparent” Way of Paying Health Care Providers

By Manoj Rajwani, USI Vice President, Employee Benefits Employers and their employees continue to struggle with skyrocketing health care costs.  The job market is already competitive, and many companies are overwhelmed with  how to manage the benefit costs but still offer a quality program at the same time.  Many of those same organizations are diligent…

The Dental Benefits Payoff

If you offer a medical benefit package to your employees, you might be wondering whether it’s worth the expense to add dental coverage. The evidence says yes! Dental coverage is a popular benefit. In a study conducted by Delta Dental, 70 percent of employees surveyed said that dental benefits were somewhat or very important. Other…

Leader’s Edge: The Perfect Storm

UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES: HAS THE HEALTHCARE REFORM TIDAL WAVE CAPSIZED HOSPITALS? By Mike Turpin, USI Executive Vice President Leader’s Edge magazine, June 2014 When the Cleveland Clinic announced job and expense reductions of 6% in 2013, the healthcare sector took notice.  FAST FOCUS In a post-reform marketplace, hospital executives and healthcare systems nationwide are grappling with the…

Leader’s Edge: Black Hat Hospitals

HOSPITAL BILLING PRACTICES OFTEN BEAR LITTLE RELATIONSHIP TO THE TRUE COST OF SERVICES. By Mike Turpin, USI NY Executive Vice President Leader’s Edge magazine, May 2013 Steve Brill’s recent Time magazine article, “Bitter Pill—Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us,” which blasts opaque and outrageous billing practices at some of our nation’s hospitals, is an overdue…