How education can beat the odds

 

As we often discuss in this article series, the notion of healthcare education and outreach is very important to us and to our clients. We firmly believe that it is key to making an impact in your claims cost, and in getting an overall positive experience out of your care. But can we really expect to see an impact? You can. By targeting individual programs that solve specific issues that a company may be facing, and promoting the heck out of it, you can seriously make an impact. You see,.

Health Insurance Cost Management - The Future

 

From putting in a high deductible health plan to educating your employees on how to reduce their own personal healthcare costs, there’s a lot that you can do bring your annual spend down.

The cost of a medical misdiagnosis

It's no secret that misdiagnosis in the medical industry is extremely common. So common, in fact, that if you're a member of a group health plan, someone on your plan has probably recently been wrongly diagnosed. About 12 million people are misdiagnosed each year. And this makes life much more expensive. Think about it - if you've gotten care for the wrong illness, your initial ailment would have gotten worse during that time, because it's gone untreated.

Why High Deductible Health Plans Don't Work

 

What is Healthcare Consumerism?

The term "healthcare consumerism" is still relatively new, because its a relatively new idea. For years and years we've viewed healthcare as being out of our control and only getting worse. We were partially right - it is getting worse. That's why most people have turned to "high deductible" plans (more on that here). Whether its through your employer's plan, something you've purchased independently or even a plan that you've gotten through Obamacare, chances are, it's deemed as "high.

Healthcare Cost Comparison - The Top Websites

As a society we’ve become pretty comfortable with the notion of comparing costs for things that we’re going to buy. When is the last time that you bought a car, or even a book without shopping around on google? Probably almost never.  Well healthcare should be no different. Comparing healthcare costs is a must. We have a number of articles (here and here) talking about why you should care about your healthcare cost and how to reduce it. But let’s use this article to narrow in on some cost.

Healthcare Cost Comparison Can Save You

I was checking out this article in Vox Magazine, its about a family who was charged $25,000 for an MRI from her local hospital in California, where comparable procedures cost just over a thousand dollars. The article goes on to address the cost for the same procedure in other countries where patients would pay about 75% less. It should be immediately obvious how important healthcare cost comparison is.

One Healthcare Management Process- Why It's Important

I’m going to go ahead and apologize straight out of the gates. I’m sorry, but this article is going to be more salesy than what I normally write. Not because I’m desperately trying to sell you something and get you to buy my shiny toy, but because the subject matter deals very closely with what we do. But it’s an important topic. It's healthcare management.

What Does Health Literacy Really Mean?

Here at Trig we talk a lot about health literacy. We talk about how your employees (and just general) populations are not health literate and how important it is to our financial and personal wellbeing to improve on that. But what do we mean by healthcare literacy? And, what are some everyday examples of improving our literacy? We’ve got some answers for you, because in order to improve our collective literacy, we need to understand what it actually looks like. Some of the examples are so.

Flex Account - How to Use Them (and why you should)

One of the greatest tools available in the healthcare world is the Flex account, or FSA (Flexible Spending Account). Essentially a tax-free account for your health expenses, you can contribute money to it each year and use it to pay for most health expenses (again, tax free). It’s not one of those premium accounts that is reserved for the finest medical plans, available to only the wealthy. No, it’s available to anybody and everybody. And that’s exactly who should take advantage, because who.

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