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Living with Chronic Conditions

Author: Dr. Bartley Bryt — Chronic conditions such as heart disease, hypertension, cancer, and diabetes are responsible for most of our nation’s health care costs. More than 40% of New York adults suffer from chronic conditions, which refer to diseases that persists over time and are not passed from person to person. Healthy diet, exercise, and […]

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Why – and where – we need transparency in health care

Author: Dr. Bartley Bryt — The cost of health care is hidden from consumers, and is rarely presented at point of care, if at all. And most consumers are unaware of the variability in unit costs. For example, in 2014, the “usual and customary” surgeon’s fee for gall bladder surgery in Queens, New York, was about […]

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Too much of a good thing: When employees suffer from health care “overchoice”

Author: Carmilla Tan, FSA, MAAA — We’re a society of endless alternatives. Just think about your morning coffee order: The barista asks you to choose between fat free, 1%, 2%, soy, almond, whole milk, or half-and-half. The options can be dizzying. While the power of choice can be very valuable, in some instances, there can […]

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Taking advantage of the health system model to improve care, lower costs

Author: Gregg Lambert — All over the country, hospitals have been merging into larger “health systems” in an attempt to increase efficiencies and reduce costs. Today, more than half of the 5,700 hospitals in the U.S. belong to a health system, along with 67% of doctors, who are finding it increasingly difficult to maintain private […]

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Managing Health Care Costs: Integrated Health Networks

Author: Bob Braddick — Today there is more complexity than ever among health plans and the specialty solutions bolted onto them. In light of steadily rising health care costs, plan designers are searching for creative ways to build quality offerings, keep costs low, and simplify the member experience. The evidence is everywhere that current models […]

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