Bundled Payments Streamline Care, Improve Access, Making Patients and Doctors Advocates

by Scott Leggett, MS Co-Principal, Global One Ventures Co-Manager, Convergent Same Day Orthopedic Strategies Dean Chavez never wanted to see the inside of another hospital after being laid up years ago by a motorcycle accident. But when his doctor recently told him he needed a total hip replacement, he at least hoped the experience would b quick and easy. It was both, thanks to bundled payments, an emerging model of healthcare that packages and coordinates procedures as a single purchase. Chavez...

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How to Differentiate and Evaluate Health Therapeutics for Your Employees

By Laurel Pickering, Chief Revenue Officer, WellDoc Inc. Healthcare delivery and the technology to improve health outcomes and save dollars are evolving at lightning speed. A recently published article in Harvard Business Review estimates that the traditional model of in-person care is undergoing disruptive changes for three key reasons - rising healthcare costs, a shortage of providers and an aging population. 1 Based on a report from Accenture, this article details how the use of virtual healt...

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Employers Beware: You are Giving Up All of Your Health Care Control!

By Stan Schwartz MD CEO, WellOK, The Northeastern Oklahoma Business Coalition on Health Employers and benefits designers are being played. There are alternative health care delivery options out there that will increase your employee satisfaction and save your company money at the same time. It’s a diversion from the traditional method of working with health providers and insurance companies, but well worth the minimal! effort. It’s no secret that the costs of health care continue to ...

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Interview with The Florida Alliance Board Chair, Patrick Peters

The Florida Alliance for Healthcare Value's Executive Board Members invest their time and talent to ensure the organization remains a strong and principal voice in health care management for Florida employers. This month, we'd like to highlight our newly installed board chair, Patrick Peters. Patrick has been affiliated with The Florida Alliance for more than 20 years. Patrick serves as the benefits and wellness administrator for Orange County Government . He joined the County in late 2010 to he...

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Ashley Tait-Dinger 6/6/2016 Comments(0)

NEWS: Florida Alliance for Healthcare Value Announces 2016-2017 Executive Committee at Annual Meeting

4/28 Annual Conference Also Previewed ORLANDO, Fla. March 1, 2016 – The Florida Alliance for Healthcare Value The Florida Alliance announced and installed the 2016-2017 executive committee during today’s Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors at Valencia College. The following are now appointed members and officers of The Florida Alliance 2016-2017 Executive Committee: Board Chair – Patrick Peters, Orange County Government Board Vice Chair – Barbara Wachsman, The Walt D...

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Ashley Tait-Dinger 3/8/2016 Comments(0)

The Importance of Hospital Transparency

I recently attended The Leapfrog Group ’s Living the Vision 15 th Anniversary Gala & Annual Meeting. One session was entitled Bringing Patients to the Boardroom. During that session Bob and Barbara Malizzo told the story about how their 39-year-old daughter had died from a medical error at the University of Illinois Chicago UIC . The twist - the hospital acknowledged the error immediately. While it did not take away the pain, it did provide solace and closure. They now serve on the Pat...

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Ashley Tait-Dinger 1/5/2016 Comments(0)

The Tie Between Worker Safety and Patient Care

I recently attended The Leapfrog Group’s Living the Vision 15th Anniversary Gala & Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. The Gala featured Paul O’Neill, former Secretary of the Treasury and former CEO and Chairman of Alcoa. Mr. O’Neill started his speech by reminiscing about the first speech he gave as the CEO of Alcoa in October 1987. He selected his topic to be worker safety. At the time, there were 1.86 lost work days as a result of a work-related injury or illness per 100 w...

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Ashley Tait-Dinger 12/21/2015 Comments(0)

Preventive Care Services: How Are We Doing As Employers?

On September 23, we hosted a webinar sponsored by Pfizer. The speaker was Sue Heineman, PharmD, BCPS, Director of Medical Affairs at Pfizer’s Global Innovative Pharma Business Unit. We opened the webinar sharing the preliminary findings of a The Florida Alliance/Pfizer survey regarding employer knowledge of required covered benefits under the Affordable Care Act. The survey found a majority of employers are covering immunizations fully and most cover preventive services. However, a majorit...

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Karen van Caulil 10/4/2015 Comments(0)

Employer Trends in Oncology and Specialty Pharmacy

Recently, our members took part in a The Florida Alliance webinar focusing on the trends in specialty pharmacy and the growth in oncology medications. The information shared by our hosts from Magellan Rx Management and the Midwest Business Group on Health MGBH provided a glimpse into the future of pharmacy costs as part of overall benefit spending by employers. The prescribing and use of specialty medications is on the rise, with no end in sight. There are several factors contributing to this tr...

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Karen van Caulil 9/2/2015 Comments(0)

An Interview with The Florida Alliance Board Member Ashley Bacot

This post is an excerpted version of our interview with The Florida Alliance At-Large Director Ashley Bacot. To read the full interview and learn more about Ashley and his views on The Florida Alliance and the future of health care in Florida, click here . The Florida Alliance for Healthcare Value’s Executive Board Members are investing their time and talents to nsure the organization remains a strong and principal voice in health care manageme nt for Florida employers. We’d lik e to...

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Karen van Caulil 6/23/2015 Comments(0)

2015 Annual Conference Recap

We had a great turnout at this year’s The Florida Alliance Annual Conference at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando on May 7 and 8 . We offer this annual conference as a way to provide continuing education to our members and partners who want to remain current with the dynamic world of health care benefits. This year’s hot topics included management of Specialty Rx, Creating Cultures of Wellness and Prevention, and Smart Shopping for Cost and Quality. For those of you who may have mis...

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Karen van Caulil 5/26/2015 Comments(0)

Be a Safety Champion for Your Employees

It won’t come as a surprise to anyone reading this that companies across the country are spending more on health care than they earn in profit. What might come as a surprise is the proportion of that number that is spent on inefficiencies, waste, and catastrophic medical errors. From our research at The Leapfrog Group , we have found that employers and other purchasers pay an average of $8,000 per hospital admission for errors, injuries, accidents and infections. A recent calculation was t...

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Leah Binder, The Leapfrog Group 4/17/2015 Comments(0)

The Florida Alliance's Annual Meeting-April 14, 2015

It’s April already! We look forward to seeing our members and invited guests at our Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors on Tuesday, April 14 from 8:00 to 10:30 a.m. in the Live Oak Ballroom at the University of Central Florida. The event brings together The Florida Alliance’s membership and community partners to hear from health care industry leaders and approve its new Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. The meeting will open with a welcome from The Florida Alliance ...

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Karen van Caulil 4/7/2015 Comments(0)

Early Screening for Colon Cancer Saves Lives!

As we’ve been promoting, March is Colorectal Cancer Education and Awareness Month. We hope that you’ve seen our posts on Facebook and Twitter @flhcc highlighting the need to encourage those you cover to get screened for this disease. Early screening can help save lives! On that note, we hosted a webcast on March 18 entitled, Love Your Colon: Raising Colon Cancer Screening Awareness. This webinar provided insights on how employers can raise awareness among their employees and covered ...

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Karen van Caulil 3/24/2015 Comments(0)