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"Employers Unhappy with their Brokers" -- How We Can Help 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 11:07:00 AM Categories: News and Views
This recent Employer Benefit Adviser story underscores the challenges brokers face – providing more service in a time of diminishing compensation. Health Decisions bridges this dilemma. Our services give brokers an on-going, year-round role in... read more

A Trend Toward Fee-based Consulting 

Friday, July 19, 2013 12:50:00 PM Categories: News and Views
This video highlights a growing trend – brokers moving from commission to fee-based consulting. I don’t know the gentleman featured here but I know a lot of brokers like him. We provide the healthcare claims and enrollment data and IT support... read more

Changes in Provider Payment Practices Impact Self-Funded Plans 

Friday, July 12, 2013 11:01:00 AM Categories: News and Views
The url below links to an article on how changes in provider payment practices impact payers and self-funded plans. This illustrates why provider payment error never stops or is “fixed.” As long as providers keep changing how they bill (which... read more

Obamacare Compliance Delay and Self-funded Plans 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 2:04:00 PM Categories: News and Views
What Happened? What to Do? Welcome to the regulatory roller coaster. The announcement of the one-year delay in implementing the employer "Pay-or-Play" reporting provisions under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is here. The delay relates to what ... read more

Recent NY Times Article on ObamaCare and Consumer Opinions 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 10:35:00 AM Categories: News and Views
Million-Anecdote Baby Si thought this article held some interesting views. The fate of ObamaCare will be determined by consumer reactions. We explore the employer's role in this new reality at our June 27 webinar. read more

Article: Act soon to determine compliance under Obamacare 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 10:37:00 AM Categories: News and Views This article has some very practical advice with a local Michigan perspective. But the advice applies to employers in all 50 states. Our webinar on Thursday will... read more

Healthcare Discounts Meaningless  

Friday, May 10, 2013 2:54:00 PM Categories: News and Views

For years we have been telling people that “discounts” are meaningless because the charges used to calculate those discounts are not valid or reliable measures of anything. Now, you don’t have to take our word for it. Medicare has proven it.

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Consumer Acceptance of Bundled Care 

Monday, April 22, 2013 4:25:00 PM Categories: News and Views
A recent article from Healthcare Payer News covers a topic that warrants mention: bundled care plans. Consumer acceptance of bundled pricing is part of the emerging consumer engagement. Our webinar on Thursday 4/25 covers how self-funded... read more

Communication in Private Health Insurance Exchanges 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 5:10:00 PM Categories: News and Views

Private health insurance exchanges like this are sprouting up all over.  Add in public exchanges, navigators and the rest and it gets more confusing.  Plans will be well advised to communicate with their enrollees to get through all this in one piece. 

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Opportunities for Brokers and Consultants 

Monday, April 1, 2013 4:13:00 PM Categories: News and Views
Check out this article from Business Insurance. We’re working with the folks at Oceanus to spread the word about opportunities for brokers and consultants. read more
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