Leadership

Attraction and Retention – The War for Talent

For some years, we have been concerned about business’s response to demographic shifts in US population. As we have discussed previously, about 10,000 people turn age 65 every day and this threshold will continue for the next 19 years. Many of those turning age 65 are retiring from their jobs,...

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Determining Quality in Health Care Payment Reform Models

Many of the considerations made for directing patients or employees to better value providers require the assessment of quality in those providers. How does anyone determine a “high quality” provider?  A recent study indicates that patients receive the proper diagnosis and care in only ...

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The Intersection of Price & Quality in the Health Care Market – Considerations for Self-Insured Employers Part II

Bundles of Services A next step in the evolution includes understanding the services that are commonly performed together in association with a procedure (i.e. facility component, professional component, lab, anesthesia, etc.). For surgical procedures, pre-op, post-op, rehab, and other components ma...

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The Intersection of Price & Quality in the Health Care Market – Considerations for Self-Insured Employers

Part I One of the most significant changes occurring within the health care industry today is the adjustment both self-insured employers and health care providers are attempting to make towards value based health care.  One key initiative includes how to package or “bundle” health care services...

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Leading an Organization

How To Get Ahead – A Strategy for Health Benefits There has been a common theme to material lately on employee health benefit strategy for the future. The strategy promotes one of two paths. First, you will see a string of articles about private insurance exchanges. Second, you will see a path...

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Leading with Clarity and Honesty

Recently, I came across a video featuring an interview of an expert who studies fraud and wrongdoing.  He was interviewed by an individual who is hired by clients to investigate suspected fraud or wrongdoing in their company.  The interviewer asked the question that I think is pertinent for a lot ...

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Business Beat

Open Payments Without much fanfare, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services on September 30, 2014, published a giant spreadsheet that ostensibly listed the hospitals and physicians that had received money or in-kind amounts related to research for pharmaceutical manufacturers or have a financi...

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Integrated Talent Management

What is Integrated Talent Management? part 1 Few employers use the full buzzword of Integrated Talent Management, but more and more employers are commenting about “fit”.   This is generally describing a situation where an employee is hired, has interviewed well, has the right skills, as define...

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Leading an Organization

Trust and Leadership – An Evolving Paradigm Some months ago, we discussed how trust was the new requirement of leadership. However, we aren’t sure that employers fully understand how this new focus might change the historic leadership pattern. Therefore, we want to see if we can put a framew...

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Innovation: More than a Suggestion Box

The CEO to the Board Chairman: “If any new ideas come up while I am out of the meeting for a brief phone call, my vote is ‘No.” Would that be standard procedure at your organization? Innovation is a collaborative process, where people in many fields contribute to the implementation...

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