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Cheryl DeMars

Cheryl DeMars on achieving longevity in group health care purchasing

August 19, 2019

Listen in as Suzanne Delbanco calls Cheryl DeMars, President & CEO of The Alliance – a cooperative of 240 self-funded…

social determinants of health

How Sidewalks Can Affect Your Health Care Costs

April 07, 2019

Our neighborhoods, houses, schools, jobs, income, social lives, modes of transportation, and even our broader built and natural environments. Once…

Using Policy Levers to Drive Change: A Last Resort?

February 26, 2019

Let’s face it. Something has got to give. While employers and health care purchasers have long tried to implement market-based…

Pharmacy Prices

Tired of Déjà Vu? The Quest to Reduce Pharmacy Prices

February 12, 2019

When it comes to pharmaceutical prices, some things are certain. First, drug prices, especially for specialty pharmacy, are too high.…

aging workers

The Silver Tsunami of Aging Workers

January 28, 2019

The baby boomers are aging the United States’ population at an unprecedented rate. Some are calling it the Silver Tsunami.…

premiums

The Unsustainability of Health Care Costs- Something’s Got to Give

October 08, 2018

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, once again Kaiser Family Foundation’s 2018 annual survey of employers demonstrated…

Payment reform in oncology

Who is Catalyzing Payment Reform in Oncology?

September 18, 2018

More than 1.6 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer each year. These diagnoses led to over 600,000 deaths in 2016…

Bob Berenson

Bob Berenson on getting to the heart of wasteful spending in health care

September 04, 2018

Suzanne dials up her provider payment “guru”- Bob Berenson of the Urban Institute. Bob draws on his 20 years experience…

price gouging

Maryland and California’s Efforts to Combat Rising Prescription Drug Costs

August 21, 2018

Can states combat rising prescription drug costs? The rising costs of prescription drugs is a high priority for patients, providers,…

Unnecessary care

Unnecessary surgery happens more often (& costs more) than you think

August 06, 2018

Overuse, misuse, and underuse of care are all types of inappropriate care that can result in negative patient outcomes and…

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