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Dan Fisher, CGMA, Chief Executive Officer, EmSpring

The New Benefits World: Market Disruption and the Zebra Effect

By Dan Fisher, CGMA
Chief Executive Officer

In a galloping herd, a Zebra’s stripes jumble and seem to intermingle, and the lion, which cannot see color, is often unable to single out a single meal. Zebras run in a herd because their stripes are its best defense. Similarly, In the increasingly jumbled world of employee benefits, singling out the right solution at the right price for every employer is like watching a herd of zebras run by. Read article
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Utilizing Strategic Cost Management to Achieve Long Term Sustainability

By Daniel Vincent, Health Care Consulting Director and Six Sigma Black Belt, CIA, Moss Adams LLP

Health care continues to move toward a value-based reimbursement model as governmental and commercial payers limit payments to a greater degree while demanding improvements in quality outcomes, care, and access. In order to stay relevant in this complex environment, health care systems have to look holistically at more efficient ways to deliver care. Strategic cost management is the sustainable answer.  Read article
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Public/Private Collaboration to Improve Health: Simple - Not Easy

By Peter Adler, President, Molina Healthcare of Washington
By Robin Fenn, PhD, LICSW, Research Manager, Research Division, Snohomish County Human Services

Since the Affordable Care Act was introduced, nearly 1.5 million additional Washingtonians have gained access to health benefits for the first time. This has resulted in an unprecedented increase in the number of people who now have coverage for preventive and catastrophic care, and has opened the door for this newly insured population to select primary care providers and teams, not emergency rooms, to serve as their health champions and coordinators.  Read article
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The NLRB’s Expanded Definition of Joint Employer Will Impact Hospitals and Health Care Firms

By Matt Lynch, Shareholder, Sebris Busto James

On August 27, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) issued its long-awaited decision in Browning-Ferris Industries of California (“Browning-Ferris”), greatly expanding the definition of who is a joint employer, i.e., a “putative” employer that does not hire, fire, supervise or determine the wages and benefits of a third party’s employees, but which is responsible to those employees under the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”).  Read article
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Health Plans Report Mixed Financial Results Through June 2015

By David Peel, Publisher and Editor, Washington Healthcare News

Sixteen of the largest domestic health plans in Washington State recently filed financial reports for the six months ended June 30, 2015 with ten reporting a profit and six reporting a loss. The numbers were generally improved over the first six months of 2014 when only seven of the sixteen plans reported a profit.  Read article
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