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Where’s the Value in Healthcare Analytics?

In the ongoing effort to reign-in healthcare costs, two of the hottest areas garnering attention are health risk scoring and predictive analytics – both of which, when properly utilized, are extremely effective in identifying existing and emerging risks and targeting appropriate interventions. Generally, there are two types of health risk scoring used today: Clinical and financial. The first attempts to...
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Mediocrity is Profitable

Seth Godin’s blog post yesterday,”Lousy Tomatoes and the Rare Search for Wonder” really hit home with me.  In the staid but lucrative business of large company employee benefits consulting, I’ve often said, “Mediocrity is profitable”. Why is excellence so hard to find?  Because excellence is expensive. I’m convinced that most of our competitors believe it’s better to deliver just enough...
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Did You Get the MeMO?

The new paradigm for employers in healthcare cost management includes a refusal to abdicate responsibility to insurance companies and other vendors (think disease management, case management, wellness, health promotion, etc.). Employers need an independent assessment of health risks within their insured population and a partnership with a firm that will ensure that all healthplan members are getting the support they...
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Compliance-driven Health™

Consumer-driven Health (CDH) was a fatally flawed concept from Day One.  The idea that a layperson could somehow improve their own clinical outcomes and lower costs by taking advantage of sponsored online medical resources is a stretch of the imagination at best – especially when that person might be facing a new diagnosis. Further, the purchase of healthcare services is unlike most...
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