David Burda (twitter.com/@davidrburda, firstname.lastname@example.org) is editorial director, health care strategies, for MSP-C, where he serves as the chief health care content strategist and health care subject matter expert, and was editor of Modern Healthcare, the industry’s leading health care business publication.
Will all disruptive innovation and digital transformation put an end to inflated medical bills?
It probably was the flu, but the escalating rhetoric
and calls to action feel different.
New report indicates that the physician practice acquisition trend may be plateauing.
A report found that nurse recruitment and retention expenses will raise hospital operating costs.
Health IT leaders that were surveyed said patient safety and cybersecurity rank atop their list of priorities.
Employers should check out ‘outcomes-based’ contracts with drug
companies—you pay only when their high-priced specialty drugs work as promised.
But growth in health savings accounts to help pay for high deductibles may be slowing.
Shrinking talent pools of registered nurses and primary-care doctors are a growing issue for hospitals, survey says.
A review of claims data found inconsistent adherence to new CDC prescribing guidelines.
Though most are okay with how much they're paying for their employer-based coverage.
However, the survey found that most workers were satisfied with their own health benefits.
Most businesses continue to cover high-cost medications, but are taking steps to tame spending.
Bad-debt expenses also increased at hospitals in the state, a report from the Minnesota Hospital Association found.
The National Business Group on Health says employers are looking beyond benefits designed for more health care bang for their buck.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said health care employers need to do more to protect employees, patients and visitors.
Each physician in the state was responsible for an average of $2.3 million in economic activity.
But most hospitals in the state finished in the black with some enjoying big double-digit margins.
The list of what makes workers sick
and keeps them off the job keeps getting longer.
The state placed sixth in an annual report from the United Health Foundation.
Study suggests patients influenced more by providers than potential out-of-pocket costs.
State study projects a nearly 35 percent increase with employers likely picking up much of the tab.
Another study found that most employees with high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) aren’t comparison shopping for medical care.
Most residents report having health insurance and say system is on “the right track.”
Report says full-time workers with diabetes will miss more than 45 million days of work in 2017.
Two more reports confirm employers’ health costs were relatively stable this year.
State ranks 27th in percentage of hospitals with highest patient safety scores.
Wondering where to start with your workplace wellness program? Help your employees avoid or manage diabetes.
Enrollment this year grew at less than half the national rate.
Twin Cities comes out on top in new ranking of 25 healthiest cities in U.S.
But most don’t understand basic health insurance terms.
Minnesota Commerce Department credits rate relief to reinsurance program for high-cost claims.
Attracting top talent demands that companies stay on top of the latest employee benefits trends.
Most hospitals are not fully prepared to handle low-weight births.
Report says employees paid record 31% of annual premium for family benefits.
Percentage of state residents without health coverage less than half the national rate.
The state’s adult obesity rate of 27.8 percent was enough to bump it up to 34th nationally.
Employers need to steer workers to more discerning hospitals and doctors.
Report finds projected hike for workers far exceeds increase for their employers.
Federal health agency ranked states by access, cost and quality measures.
Study cites provider preferences, not knowing how to find price information as biggest barriers.
Reports say employees should expect more restrictions on prescription drug benefits in 2018.
Survey finds half of hospitals use value-based contracts to control worker health costs.
Employers should make medication safety a priority in their health benefits plans.
Minnesota’s physician ranks continue to grow along with national trend.
Another survey finds wages not keeping up with workers’ growing out-of-pocket health expenses.
Analysis shows more than half pays for physician care and prescription drugs.
Report says catastrophic medical claims up nearly 70 percent over four years.
Fight the obesity epidemic: Stop the office food-fest.
CBO report documents that Medicare pays far less for the same care to beneficiaries.
And so does the percentage of employees struggling to pay their medical bills.
But equal percentages now work there as owners or employees, report says.
Nationally rate was 18 percent last year.
Top concerns expressed by health care executives reveal we’re all businesses under the skin.
Survey uncovers significant health plan engagement levels by worker generation.
Cost of employer-sponsored health benefits up 7.8 percent globally this year.
Physical problems aren’t the only health issues employees struggle with. Employers need to do more to help them address mental wellness, too.
Report says state excels at environmental health, lags on community planning.
Employers fall short as trusted source of price information for health care services.
But Minnesota fails to move up on ranking of states with the safest hospitals.
County moves up to 38th place in ranking of 87 Minnesota counties based on health outcomes.
Minnesota records an A and a B on latest state telemedicine report cards.
Study reveals impact of employee salary level on health care use and costs.
Primary-care doctors are more likely to use electronic health records than specialists.
Bucking national trend, average wait time to see doctor in Minnesota drops per report.
But in Minnesota, biggest patient safety risks are pressure ulcers and falls.
Study says creative benefits can mitigate negative impact of high-deductible plans.
Minnesota doctors are more likely to share patient health information, but employers should push for more.
Study associates heart health initiative with workers’ cardiovascular risk factors.
Minnesotans pay $32 less than the national average for single coverage.
Skip the biometric screenings and start hiring nicer people if you want a healthier workforce.
Reports foreshadow rise in number of people struggling to pay off health bills.
Reports explain why ACA premiums rose and why they may go higher without key ACA provisions.
Report says Minnesota’s uncompensated-care bill would rise by $24.5 billion.
Minneapolis-St. Paul is one of 10 most active markets for 2016
Eager to reduce their health care expenses, employers are moving forward with workplace wellness programs amid legal uncertainty.
But survey finds most willing to share their health data for financial considerations.
State holds on to fourth spot in annual ranking from United Health Foundation.
The number of uninsured in the state could more than double, according to a report.
Top challenge for business was aggregating required compliance data, survey finds.
Studies link HDHPs to delayed care, medical debt and disposable income.
From skepticism over hospital consolidation to optimism over telemedicine, here’s what’s on the minds of employers as we say goodbye to 2016.
Report says reporting requirements may trip up otherwise compliant businesses.
Study hints employers may need to increase incentives to use low-cost retail clinics for routine care.
Patients face safety risks from health technologies designed to improve care.
Less than half of participating hospitals in state receive A's for patient safety.
Here’s what workers and bosses say, and what employers can do to keep workers healthy and productive.
Minnesotans face $340 average monthly premium for benchmark exchange health plan in 2017.
UBA survey finds average annual health plan cost dipped to $9,727 from $9,736 in 2015.
Study says consumers pay as much as 13% less for narrow-network plans.
Despite dire predictions, businesses continue to step up and provide health benefits to workers.
Commercial health plans in state score well on annual NCQA ratings report.
Coverage 10% cheaper nationally, 16% cheaper in Minnesota, study finds.
State posted fifth-lowest uninsured rate in country in 2015, U.S. Census Bureau says.
Analysis: Highest rate increases will be from national carriers with co-ops and Blues not far behind.
With open enrollment for 2017 just two months away, TCB looks at key numbers from the first three years of the ACA-mandated exchanges to predict where those numbers may go.
Employers will feel less pain if they partner with providers on drug take-back programs for workers.
New report adds to evidence that employees are paying more for their own care.
Study links use of mind-body practices for chronic conditions with more missed days of work.
But Minnesota is one of only 10 states where exchange plan claims rose more than 3 percent.
NBGH survey cites specialty drugs and high-cost employees as the top cost drivers.
Study shows how “reference pricing” incented employees to seek lower cost lab tests.
Why do employers need to be wary of provider-sponsored health plans?
Complementary medicine, medical tourism contribute to increase in personal health care expenses.
Four of the top 10 highest-rated local health care systems in U.S. are located in the state.
Study documents jump in expensive prescriptions covered by health plans, employers.
But marginal increase suggests transparency program is working to temper remuneration.
How unassuming bills can reveal much about what employers are getting for their health care dollars.
Survey finds employers adding copay tiers to prescription drug benefits as costs rise.
Leave the weight-loss program. Take the standing desk.
It’s all about priorities – and the price of health care doesn’t seem to be one of them.
But annual cost pushed past $25,000 mark for first time, driven largely by prescription drug expenses.
But far fewer can use their EHR systems to share patient information with other hospitals.
Employers must become advocates for routine depression screening of their workers.
Survey finds private exchanges lag in attracting non-group enrollees for health benefits.
Analysis of claims data finds employees who abuse prescription pain meds incur higher health care costs.
A study found that employees spent more on outpatient care after tool let them comparison shop for care.
Employers might want to think twice about high-deductible health plans for their workers.
Cardiologists explain innovations they're making in prevention, intervention and wellness.
Less than one-third of hospitals got A’s nationally. Did your local hospital get a passing grade?
Reports highlight significant patient safety risks posed by advances in health IT.
Report says employers kept costs low by making employees pay more for cheaper coverage.
Yet workers continue to express confidence in employers to make the right health plan decisions.
A look at what those hard-earned dollars are buying.
County finishes 44th in ranking of 87 Minnesota counties based on health outcomes.
Nearly one in five top hospital posts changed hands in 2015, new data show.
Study says retail clinics add to nation’s healthcare tab by driving new utilization of primary care services.
Study says employers and employees can save big bucks by shopping around for common colon cancer screening test.
Employers should put their money where their mouth is.
EEOC opens the door a little wider to allow genetics-based workplace wellness programs.
Employers, steer your workers to hospitals and doctors who are willing to exchange patient information.
The shift to value-based reimbursement should shift money back to employers.
Due diligence is required when considering narrow provider networks for workers.
If health care costs jump, accountable care organizations may become the go-to plans.
Device makers and providers—not insurers or employers—should assume risk.
Telemedicine may offer employers lower health care costs and higher productivity from workers.
The ACA’s medical-loss ratio is proving to be a big win for employers.
Employers and employees express different expectations for the future of private retiree health coverage.
Experimenting with benefits may create a potent brew of incentives that produce better employee health.
A single price for packaged patient care may offer cost savings for employers.
Employees’ online access to protected health information poses a privacy risk for unprepared employers.
Companies must give employees the right tools so that both can benefit from health care transparency.
When one wellness study results in four different kinds of headlines, it’s no wonder everyone’s confused.
Take a sneak peek at some line items that might start appearing on the hospital bills of your employees.