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Health plans paid 224 percent of Medicare to hospitals in 2020

May 31, 2022

According to research from RAND Corporation, employer-sponsored health plans paid over twice as much as Medicare to hospitals for the same services at the same sites. This is an annual study performed by RAND, in which the 2018 study found that employers paid 247 percent of Medicare. Don’t pop the champagne to celebrate that reduction …

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5 Tips to Save Money on Health Care: Part 1

April 11, 2022

Health insurance is essential to protecting your health but the high cost of coverage may leave you feeling sick.  Even after employers pick up a substantial amount of the cost, every year Americans spend thousands of dollars on healthcare while costs are continuing to rise. By taking certain steps, you can stretch your healthcare dollars …

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Highlights from the MemorialCare Presidents’ Partnership: Elizabeth Mitchell of the Purchasers Business Group on Health (PBGH)

April 5, 2022

We had the opportunity to attend (and participate in the case of our partner Peter Freska!) MemorialCare’s Presidents’ Partnership 2022 where there were many great discussions around how to improve the healthcare experience for employers. We heard perspectives from a large local health system in MemorialCare, as well as perspectives from consultants, purchasing groups, and …

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Highlights from the KFF 2021 Employer Health Benefits Survey

March 28, 2022

Employers always want to know what other companies are doing with their benefits. They want to ensure they offer competitive benefits so they can recruit and retain their workforce, especially in today’s tight labor market. And knowing what peer organizations are offering and doing with their benefits is key. One great resource is the Kaiser …

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Why is Healthcare Spending High? It’s the Prices

March 21, 2022

Healthcare spending in the US outpaces every other OECD country, and it’s not particularly close. While wealthy countries such as the US spend more per person on healthcare than other countries, we spend far more per person on healthcare than similar countries. But even though we spend much more per person, we don’t experience significantly …

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