Category: Blog

Preventable Infections Still Plague U.S. Hospitals!!

Leapfrog and Castlight Health join forces on a series of reports Earlier this month, The Leapfrog Group, in partnership with Castlight Health, released the first of a series of five reports on the results of the 2015 Leapfrog Hospital Survey. The first report examines the rates of preventable infections in hospitals. The majority (75%) of reporting hospitals […] Read Article

Healthcare: The Path Forward

“I have a great respect for incremental improvement, but I’ve always been attracted to the more revolutionary changes.” Steve Jobs “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”  Yogi Berra In a very real sense, the fork in the road that Amendment 69 will represent for Colorado voters in November is the choice […] Read Article

The High Deductible Plan: A Bullet, Surely – But Hardly Silver

Last autumn, in a blog titled “Slowing Health Costs? Not for Employees” we highlighted a 2015 employer survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation and HRET demonstrating how health plan deductibles have outpaced the wages of plan participants. The survey showed that deductibles have increased by 67% over the five years, while enrollee wages have grown by 9%. To us, […] Read Article

Seven Strategies for Employers as Healthcare Consolidates

I was having this discussion in a taxi heading downtown. Rearranging my position on this friend of mine who’d had a bit of a breakdown. I said, “Hey, breakdowns come and breakdowns go. So what are you gonna do about it?  That’s what I’d like to know.” From “Gumboots,” The Graceland Album, Paul Simon   […] Read Article

NEW! Health Matters Quality Report: Physicians Edition

Every year Colorado Business Group on Health releases the ” Health Matters Quality Report” with valuable information you should know. Some of the informative reading includes subjects like: Are We Buying More Health? Plus the Difficult and Changing Role of the Family Physician Bridges to Excellence: A Program to Recognize High Performing Physicians, and much, much […] Read Article

Health Care: Cutting Costs, Not Raising Them!

Dr. Alan Bitner with a 5-year-old patient at the allergy and immunology department of the Intermountain clinic in Salt Lake City. Cayce Clifford for The New York Times As employees know all too well, health insurance companies have one surefire way to lower costs: Ask their customers to pay more. Intermountain Healthcare, a nonprofit health […] Read Article

Health Plan Spending: A CBGH Discussion with Colorado CEO’s

On February 4th, 2016, a group of Executives joined Colorado Business Group on Health in Colorado Springs for a serious discussion on how to control health plan spending from a CEO’s level of engagement. See the story written by Bryan Grossman of the Colorado Business Journal.. Read Article

Concerned About Specialty Drugs?

Concerned About Specialty Drugs? In the last two decades, the number of available specialty pharmaceuticals increased from 10 to over 900.  While that’s potentially very good news for patients who can benefit from these drugs to manage – or even reverse – their condition, the explosion in the number of specialty drugs has been paralleled […] Read Article

“How Medicare and Private Spending Differs – And Why That’s Important to Employers”

How Medicare and Private Spending Differs – And Why That’s Important to Employers  A recent Commonwealth Fund blog – Understanding Differences Between Medicare and Private Insurance Spending -validates what many of us might have guessed all along:  Medicare and private insurance spending – while both high – are high for nearly opposite reasons.  Specifically…  Medicare spending is […] Read Article