Category Archives: Benefits

How Business Can Save America from Health Care

Brian Klepper Published 6/09/14 in Employee Benefit News One of America’s most enduring mysteries is why the organizations that pay for most health care don’t work together to force better value from the health care industry. We pay double for health … Continue reading

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Would A Single Payer System Be Good For America?

Brian Klepper On Vox, the vivacious new topical news site, staffed in part by former writers at the Washington Post Wonk Blog, Sarah Kliff writes how Donald Berwick, MD, the recent former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the … Continue reading

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Getting Beyond Fee-For-Service

Brian Klepper Posted 12/02/13 on Medscape Connect’s Care and Cost Blog The catchy title of a recent Harvard Business Review Blog post, The Big Barrier To High Value Health Care: Destructive Self-Interest, suggested that the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is forging arrangements … Continue reading

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Predatory Health Care

Brian Klepper Posted 11/17/13 on Medscape Connect’s Care and Cost Blog Recently I was asked to intervene on behalf of a patient who, trapped by circumstance, was paying off an enormous bill for a lithotripsy procedure. What I uncovered wasn’t news, but … Continue reading

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A Better Way To Manage Care and Cost

Brian Klepper http://boards.medscape.com/forums?128@864.cQ5Savfkkqo@.2a59c1b3!comment=1  Posted 10/10/12 on Medscape Connect’s Care & Cost Blog When an employer sits down with his health care partners – broker, health plan, physician, hospital, drug and device firm, health IT firm – everyone but him wants health … Continue reading

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Why Employers Must Collaborate On Health Care

Brian Klepper Published in the Columbus, GA Ledger-Enquirer on Sunday, 9/15/13 I recently was privileged to deliver a keynote at the Greater Columbus Chamber’s Healthcare Symposium. I get invited to meetings like this around the country because I lay out … Continue reading

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How TPAs Can Win

Brian Klepper Published August 1, 2013 in the Self-Insurer One of health care’s deeper mysteries is why third party administration (TPA) firms remain minor health plan players and, to a large degree, have been all but uncompetitive with the major … Continue reading

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Hurtling Down the Road to Ruin

Brian Klepper and David C. Kibbe Posted 6/21/13 on Medscape Internal Medicine A recent New York Times article that focused on colonoscopies highlighted the questionable science, predatory unit pricing, and overutilization that characterize this procedure and much of US healthcare. Patients get routine … Continue reading

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Using Strong Carrots and Sticks To Drive Health Care That Works

Brian Klepper Posted 5/09/13 on Medscape Connect’s Care & Cost Blog On a recent call with a large manufacturer, my company’s team expected to describe how we develop primary care medical homes that become platforms for managing comprehensive health care clinical and financial … Continue reading

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When Employers Get Serious About Managing Health Care Risk

Brian Klepper Posted 4/07/13 on Medscape Connect’s Care & Cost Blog Last week I visited with Gary Rost, an unassumingly knowledgeable man and the Executive Director of the Savannah Business Group (SBG), arguably one of the most effective health care coalitions … Continue reading

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Why Only Business Can Save America From Health Care

Brian Klepper Posted 3/24/13 on Medscape Connect’s Care and Cost Blog For a large and growing number of us with meager or no coverage, health care is the ultimate “gotcha.” Events conspire, we receive care and then are on the … Continue reading

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The Reality of Health Care Cost

Brian Klepper This beautifully written letter was forwarded after an interview with me on health care cost appeared in a Florida newspaper. Many of us with coverage often think in abstract terms about working families that do not have access to employer-sponsored … Continue reading

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A Broader Approach To Managing Health Care Risk

Brian Klepper Posted 2/15/13 on Medscape Connect’s Care & Cost Blog Health care’s purchasers crave certainty. But complexity – and therefore uncertainty – rules. Assurances are hard to come by. The most common question asked by prospective clients of my onsite clinic/medical … Continue reading

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Them, Not Us

Brian Klepper Posted 1/7/13 on Medscape Connect’s Care and Cost Blog “How many businesses do you know that want to cut their revenue in half? That’s why the healthcare system won’t change the healthcare system.” Rick Scott, Governor of Florida Former … Continue reading

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When Employers Collaborate To Manage Health Care Costs

Brian Klepper Published 12/09/12 in the Eau Claire, WI Leader-Telegram Note from Brian: This piece appeared last weekend in the Eau Claire, WI newspaper, and was written with the encouragement of employers in that community who, rightly, believe they’ve been … Continue reading

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