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Healthcare Trends From the KFF 2021 Employer Benefits Survey

December 16, 2021

The Kaiser Family Foundation released its 2021 Employer Health Benefits Survey in November. This is a very robust survey and always chock full of helpful information on the state and trajectory of employer health plans in America. Our clients always want to know what other employers are doing when it comes to benefits in their …

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Trends in Healthcare Innovation to Inform Employer Health Plans

December 8, 2021

The health insurance industry is typically behind the overall economy when it comes to innovation. This is a major problem since insurance premiums and costs are on an unsustainable trajectory. Employers often find themselves stuck in the cycle of increasing annual renewals with their only option being to spreadsheet other carriers and plans. But what …

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Making Predictions for Employee Benefits in 2022

December 1, 2021

As we hurtle towards 2022 and wrap up open enrollments for many of our groups, we’re seeing some continuing trends as well as new ones. With the end of the year upon us and the corresponding flood of lists out there, we figured “Why not add one more?” and put together our predictions for benefits …

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What is Perinatal Mental Health and Why Health Plans Should Care

November 3, 2021

Western medicine gets fair criticism for how it can “miss the forest for the trees” and this is found throughout our healthcare system. We have stomach doctors, liver doctors, pancreas doctors, psychologists, therapists, and more, yet all of it is connected via a large dynamic, and complicated system with multi-directional feedback loops, our body. And …

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Takeaways for Employers from the Commonwealth Fund’s Report Mirror, Mirror 2021 Report

August 24, 2021

The Commonwealth Fund released their periodic comparison report of various national health systems this month entitled “Mirror, Mirror 2021: Reflecting Poorly.” The report is a series of comparisons performed every 4 years, with prior entries in the series below: 2017: International Comparison Reflects Flaws and Opportunities for Better U.S. Health Care 2014: How the U.S. …

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Rising Health Plan Costs Inhibit Attracting and Retaining Talent

August 4, 2021

Grant Thornton, a large accounting company,  conducts a survey of CFOs every quarter and their second-quarter survey of 2021 yielded some insights on how finance leaders are thinking about talent shortages and rising employee benefit costs. CFOs and People Leaders See Rising Health Plan Costs as a Challenge The key takeaway is that human capital …

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Takeaways from Going Digital: Behavioral Health Tech Summit 2021

June 9, 2021

Last week, I had the opportunity to speak to healthcare professionals, employers, business leaders, and more at Going Digital: Behavioral Health Tech Summit 2021 with Solome Tibebu. We covered a number of topics related to behavioral health and how employers can play a role in this important field. You can watch the interview below and …

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Mental Health Awareness Month for Employers

May 12, 2021

Click here to discuss your workplace mental and behavioral health! We’re about halfway through Mental Health Awareness Month. Seeing as how employers provide health insurance to about half of American adults, we think it’s important for employers to think about their own role in the mental and behavioral health of their employees. With so much …

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Preventative Mental Health with Lyra Health’s Guided Self Care

March 9, 2021

Mental health is one of the thorniest issues in health care today. Undiagnosed and untreated mental health conditions are at epidemic-level proportions in this country. During the COVID pandemic, anxiety and depression rates have increased significantly. According to CDC surveys, rates of anxiety and depression rose to levels of 25 to 30 percent in 2020. …

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