13 episodes

We talk with employers, benefits advisors, technology innovators, and other experts in wellness, human resources, and healthcare."Healthcare on the Rocks" is a production of Springbuk. Imagine a world where every healthcare decision is backed and guided by data. Springbuk is the health data analytics solution that equips you with the insights and expertise you need to sharpen your benefits strategy, advance employee health, and contain costs. Unlike legacy data warehouses, we simplify data-driven decision-making with an intuitive user experience, predictive modeling, and curated action steps. Springbuk — a world of actionable health intelligence insight, at your fingertips. Visit springbuk.com to learn more.

Healthcare on the Rocks - Employee Benefits with a Twist Springbuk Inc.

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We talk with employers, benefits advisors, technology innovators, and other experts in wellness, human resources, and healthcare."Healthcare on the Rocks" is a production of Springbuk. Imagine a world where every healthcare decision is backed and guided by data. Springbuk is the health data analytics solution that equips you with the insights and expertise you need to sharpen your benefits strategy, advance employee health, and contain costs. Unlike legacy data warehouses, we simplify data-driven decision-making with an intuitive user experience, predictive modeling, and curated action steps. Springbuk — a world of actionable health intelligence insight, at your fingertips. Visit springbuk.com to learn more.

    What you need to know now about the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA)

    What you need to know now about the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA)

    The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA) was signed into law, including many provisions that impact employer-sponsored health plans. The CAA mandates a new set of requirements for pharmacy reporting, mental health parity compliance, consumer price transparency, balance-billing practices, and other requirements related to contracts between employers, their health plans, and broker/consultant partners.
    It’s complex. Shannon Kukulka, an employee benefits attorney at Waller and former  in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 company, joined Nicole Belles, vice president of product at Springbuk, and regular host Jennifer Jones to share her legal knowledge and practical advice on how employers can navigate the murky waters of the CAA.
    Connect with Shannon on LinkedInVisit Waller’s websiteRead Shannon’s blog about the CAAConnect with our co-hosts Jennifer Jones and Nicole Belles Subscribe so you don’t miss an episode: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and other popular podcast playersHave feedback, questions, or suggestions for show ideas? Send them to us at podcast@springbuk.com.
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    Produced by David Pittman
    Theme music: "Overboard" by Stay Outside

    • 26 min
    What You Can Learn from the Healthiest Employers in America

    What You Can Learn from the Healthiest Employers in America

    Healthiest Employers is the trusted awards program that recognizes people-first organizations that are taking a more proactive approach to employee health. Since its inception in 2009, the Healthiest Employers corporate wellness program has attracted over 10,000 employers representing more than 60 million employees from all across the United States.
    Haley Elmore, Healthiest Employers program coordinator, joined Jennifer and Mike to share several of the attributes found in organizations that were named in the Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America. She also explain why companies choose to apply for the program and the value they take away from participating, even if they don’t receive a regional or national award. HINT:  it’s learning from the best of the best.
    Listen as Haley provides recommendations for both employers and their employees.
    Connect with Haley on LinkedInVisit Healthiest Employers websiteRead the Healthiest Employers blogGet a Benchmark Report with more than 40 pages of data, charts, and recommendationsConnect with our co-hosts Jennifer Jones and Mike Pattengale Subscribe so you don’t miss an episode: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and other popular podcast playersHave feedback, questions, or suggestions for show ideas? Send them to us at podcast@springbuk.com.
    Please rate and review us on your favorite podcast platform, and share it with your friends and colleagues. We appreciate you and thank you for listening!
    Produced by David Pittman
    Theme music: "Overboard" by Stay Outside

    • 20 min
    The Ongoing Burden of Specialty Drugs – What Drives It and What You Can Do About It

    The Ongoing Burden of Specialty Drugs – What Drives It and What You Can Do About It

    Specialty drugs are playing a significant role in the increasing healthcare costs in the commercial market. In this third episode of a mini-series based on the 2022 Employee Health Trends report, Janet Young, M.D., Lead Clinical Scientist at Springbuk and co-author of the report, talks about which specialty drugs are driving the most cost and alternatives that benefits leaders can explore.
    Discover why one condition has a relatively small percentage of people receiving a specialty drug, but that is still drive a large dollar value of spending, and hear which conditions our data scientists expect to drive growth of specialty drug use over the next couple of years.
    Get tips for how employers can reduce costs on specialty drugs without reducing efficacy, including looking at where the drugs are administered. 
    And learn the steps employers can take now to increase adoption of lower-cost alternative drugs and to ensure they are able to reap cost savings as new biosimilars come into the market over the next two to three years.
    Listen as Janet provides recommendations for both employers and their employees.
    Connect with Janet on LinkedInGet the complete 2022 Employee Health Trends reportConnect with our co-hosts Jennifer Jones and Mike Pattengale Subscribe so you don’t miss an episode: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and other popular podcast playersHave feedback, questions, or suggestions for show ideas? Send them to us at podcast@springbuk.com.
    Please rate and review us on your favorite podcast platform, and share it with your friends and colleagues. We appreciate you and thank you for listening!
    Produced by David Pittman
    Theme music: "Overboard" by Stay Outside

    • 22 min
    Higher Healthcare Consumer Costs = More Corporate Profit. What’s Wrong with This Picture

    Higher Healthcare Consumer Costs = More Corporate Profit. What’s Wrong with This Picture

    Health insurance was established to protect us from catastrophic financial loss, but David Contorno, CEO and founder of E-Powered Benefits, says, “medical debt is the number one cause of bankruptcy in the U.S., with the huge majority of them having had health insurance?”
    David explains how the typical broker and carrier contracts are structured so that they benefit most when costs go up. His firm turns the usual system of incentives around so they’re paid on how much they lower costs. 
    Learn about his firm’s approach to building benefit plans that are built specifically for a company’s culture and workforce … and discover why insurance carriers don’t like him much.
    Connect with David on LinkedInDavid’s viral post about Health Expenditure vs. Life ExpectancyGet the e-book Social Determinants of Health: A Springbuk PerspectiveMarshall Allen’s book, Never Pay the First Bill: And Other Ways to Fight the Health Care System and WinGet the complete 2022 Employee Health Trends reportConnect with our co-hosts Jennifer Jones and Mike Pattengale Subscribe so you don’t miss an episode: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and other popular podcast players.   Have feedback, questions, or suggestions for show ideas? Send them to us at podcast@springbuk.com.
    Please rate and review us on your favorite podcast platform, and share it with your friends and colleagues. We appreciate you and thank you for listening!
    Produced by David Pittman
    Theme music: "Overboard" by Stay Outside

    • 30 min
    How COVID Has Affected Employee Healthcare and Costs - Janet Young

    How COVID Has Affected Employee Healthcare and Costs - Janet Young

    In this second episode of a mini-series based on the 2022 Employee Health Trends report, we talk with co-author Janet Young, M.D., Lead Clinical Scientist at Springbuk, about the impacts COVID-19 has had on employee healthcare and employer benefit plans. 
    Armed with data from more than 30,000 COVID patients, Janet and her fellow data analysts split the research into individuals who had COVID into hospitalized and non-hospitalized to get a better understanding of what was happening within each group.
    Their findings were stunning: during a six-month period after an initial COVID diagnosis, hospitalized patients cost about 70% more than the researchers expected. Even non-hospitalized patients saw an increase of about 25%.
    What’s this mean for employee benefit plans? As the pandemic seems to be drawing to an end, employers need to be mindful that doesn’t mean their healthcare costs will immediately drop. 
    And besides the costs for acute care, the data show many people, unsurprisingly, have post-acute care mental health issues that may linger for an extended time. 
    Listen as Janet provides recommendations for both employers and their employees. 
    Connect with Janet on LinkedInGet the complete 2022 Employee Health Trends reportConnect with our co-hosts Jennifer Jones and Mike Pattengale Subscribe so you don’t miss an episode: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and other popular podcast players.   Have feedback, questions, or suggestions for show ideas? Send them to us at podcast@springbuk.com.
    Please rate and review us on your favorite podcast platform, and share it with your friends and colleagues. We appreciate you and thank you for listening!
    Produced by David Pittman
    Theme music: "Overboard" by Stay Outside

    • 20 min
    What’s the Deal with Telemedicine Through the Pandemic - Chris Gagen

    What’s the Deal with Telemedicine Through the Pandemic - Chris Gagen

    In the 2021 Employee Health Trends report, Springbuk discovered the rate of telemedicine services per 1000 plan members had increased 12-fold over the previous year’s data, which was mostly prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Digging deeper into the data, Chris Gagen and the rest of the Springbuk analytics team found mental health accounted for more than 40 percent of those encounters.
    What has happened in the year since then? 
    Have telemedicine visits overall increased, decreased, or remained relatively constant?What about telemental health services? Has the long two-year grind of the pandemic caused more people to seek care via the internet?Who is using the services most?What’s causing the variance in telemedicine visits among demographic groups?Those are some of the topics that Chris, Springbuk’s Senior Director of Analytic & Strategic Consulting, explains in this episode.
    Connect with Chris on LinkedInGet the complete 2022 Employee Health Trends reportConnect with our co-hosts Jennifer Jones and Mike Pattengale Subscribe so you don’t miss an episode: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and other popular podcast players.   Have feedback, questions, or suggestions for show ideas? Send them to us at podcast@springbuk.com.
    Please rate and review us on your favorite podcast platform, and share it with your friends and colleagues. We appreciate you and thank you for listening!
    Produced by David Pittman
    Theme music: "Overboard" by Stay Outside

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

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nina4kids ,

Fun and informative

I was pleasantly surprised by this show. It was fun, thoughtful and playful. It helped me understand a little better about healthcare … which i didn't think i even needed or wanted to know! Well done !

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