30 disruptive healthcare companies to watch

Healthcare is ripe with opportunity for investors and entrepreneurs. Mobile health, sophisticated consumer expectations, data transparency and preference for on-demand services at a flat fee have ushered in a class of companies that resist the status quo.

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30 healthcare companies to watch – from telemedicine and data management to house calls and scrubs. 

2016 Employee Benefits: Looking Back at 20 Years of Employee Benefits Offerings in the U.S.

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62% of employees rated health care/medical benefits as “very important” to their job satisfaction. A broker can help you better understand your options and find plans that fit your business.

Employers Still Overwhelmed by Health Care Costs

There was no big surprise in most of the key findings of a recent statewide business survey on employer health benefits: The cost of providing employee health insurance continues to be the main concern.

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The cost of providing employee health insurance continues to be an issue for small to medium size practices. Overall health care costs continue to outpace inflation. Helping employees better understand how health care works can help keep the cost of health insurance down.

PPOs still No. 1, but high-deductible health plans a close second | Business Insurance

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Whatever the health plan type, deductibles are on the rise. One-third of employees at midsize companies opt for high-deductible health plans over traditional coverage. However PPOs and HMOs remain dominant at midsize employers.

5 Employee Benefit Trends to Watch in 2016

Employers are beefing up wellness programs and making retirement administration fees more visible.

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​5 ways employers can keep benefit plans simple – Sacramento Business Journal

Major shifts in the health payer industry have changed the way health plans do business and the plan options available to small and large group employers. Fortunately, there are several ways for employers to keep the benefit selection process simple and easier to manage.

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Employers need guidance through the process of selecting health plans for their employees, negotiating with health plans on their behalf, and explaining the complex benefit options to their employees.

Doctors Who Get Sued Are Likely to Get Sued Again

One percent of all doctors account for 32 percent of all paid malpractice claims.

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One percent of all doctors account for 32 percent of all paid malpractice claims. While multiple factors contribute to increased medical malpractice insurance rates, the principal contributor is insurers’ losses from claims. Employers should pay close attention to a potential new employee’s claim history.

Physicians seek employed status to weather payment risks

Dr. Theodore Strange and his 60 physician colleagues at the University Physicians Group in New York City will soon be hospital-employed again. Across the country, physician groups are going through the same deliberate exercises that led Strange and partners to cast their lot with a bigger system.

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The goal of those of us who work directly to help physicians is to help them remain as independent as possible, however, that does not mean they will not have to look for ways where working together can bring efficiencies.

Catholic Health Initiatives to divest health plan operations

Hospital system Catholic Health Initiatives’ experiment with health insurance has hit the end of the road after a couple years of heavy losses. CHI is “exploring options to sell” its health plan subsidiary.

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This is likely the beginning of a trend as providers find making money by maximizing utilization and inpatient stays only makes you loose more on your health plan when you are on both sides of the risk. It took Kaiser decades to get this worked out.

Hospitals still searching for system to accurately match patients to health records

Ensuring providers accurately match electronic health records with the right patient has emerged as a hot-button issue for the health information technology industry as its provider customers come under increasing pressure to freely share records with other providers.

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According to surveys and published reports, the error rates for automatic patient matching range from 1% to over 50%, depending on whether a requesting provider is querying patient records within an organization, from another provider or from a health information exchange.