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Collaboration in 2018

Our Theme and Commitment for 2018 The opportunities to make health care work better for all Coloradans – better clinically and more affordably for patients, better financially for purchasers, better professionally and administratively simpler for providers, and better economically for communities – are both numerous and significant.  And, though illusive, they are achievable.  To realize […] Read Article

Part 3: Getting More Health, Not More Health Care

Employers who wish to improve the value-proposition of health care for both their employees and themselves must address both the supply and the demand variables in the equation. In the final part of this series on the Healthcare Value Problem, we’ll discuss two strategies that purchasers can use to buy more health, not more healthcare: […] Read Article

Part 1: Health Care’s Value Problem: Distinguishing Results and Causes

In 2016, an employer-sponsored PPO health plan for an American family of four cost an average of $25,826 – an eye-popping three-fold increase over 2001 when it was $8,414. That is the key finding recently released in the medical index report assembled by Milliman, a global consulting actuary. But it is not the only significant observation Milliman makes. Others include: Although the […] Read Article

Five Concepts Driving the Colorado Business Group on Health

With Donna Marshall’s recent retirement after 20 years, it seems appropriate to articulate, reflect on, and perhaps reaffirm, the key concepts that motivate us at CBGH.  While healthcare and the economics that shape its delivery can be complex and difficult to understand, the following concepts are really quite simple – and central to our efforts. […] Read Article

New education platform speeds evolution of health-focused business group

From its 1996 founding, the Colorado Business Group on Health operated as a traditional membership organization, providing business and public agencies with networking, education and special programs focused on workplace health concerns such as insurance costs. In exchange, those members paid annual dues. But in an economy where public-sector organizations and companies are more reluctant […] Read Article

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Benefits Management

As businessballs.com points out, “Dr. Stephen Covey (1932-2012) remains a hugely influential management guru.”  His best-selling book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,[1] has not only been used by millions as “a blueprint for personal development,” but it continues to provide guidance for “any other aspect of human responsibility that you might imagine.” With […] Read Article

Why Employers Must Purchase Healthcare – And How they Can..

For many Colorado employers, employee health insurance is among the largest expense line items, often second only to salaries and benefits.  Many manufacturers may pay more for healthcare than for their raw materials.  Yet the healthcare market fails to deliver-to-deliver consistent value.  Here’ why: Quality Varies Widely.  Without question, you can get the best care […] Read Article

New Report Released From The Center For Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC)

The Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC) just released a new report based on the All Payer Claims Data Base (APCD) highlighting that payments for health care services vary widely across Colorado and emphasizing how “it is impossible to draw general conclusions about variation in prices based solely on geography or volume of services performed.  Two examples cited in […] Read Article