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June 17, 2016

Seventy percent of consumers don't compare prices before purchasing medical care. For those who pay most of the nation’s health care tab—health plans and employers—the message is clear: they need to do more to encourage healthcare consumerism.

Read more at Twin Cities Business.

June 16, 2016

Just as Amazon transformed the shopping experience, telemedicine has the potential to provide the flexibility many patients require to engage in their own health at their own convenience. However, 39% of insured consumers still have not heard of telemedicine, and only one-third say their health plan offers telehealth as an option, according to a recent HealthMine survey.

Read more at Medical Economics.

June 15, 2016

Only 29% of plan sponsors offer their members a price comparison tool, according to a new HealthMine survey of 750 consumers enrolled in wellness programs. Perhaps that is why so many--70%--do not shop around for medical services or pharmaceutical drugs before buying.

Read more at BenefitsPro.

June 10, 2016

Advanced data analytics are now helping to transform the myriad of health data we collect into actionable, clinical recommendations that can improve health and lower costs for consumers.

Read more at Entrepreneur.

June 7, 2016

Seventy percent of employees do not compare prices before shopping for medical services or pharmaceutical drugs, according to a May 2016 HealthMine survey of 750 consumers enrolled in wellness programs. The reasons are varied. For one, only 29% of wellness programs offer a price comparison tool, respondents reported. But also, 41% said they don't price shop because the "cost is covered by my health plan, so it doesn't matter."

Read more at PlanSponsor.

June 6, 2016

If companies are required to disclose their impact on the environment, shouldn’t they also have to disclose their impact on employee health? One group of prominent insurers, pharmaceutical companies and employers is proposing that publicly traded corporations report on the health of their workforces in annual reports, 10-Ks, sustainability reports and other SEC documents. Could this happen? What would be the impact on employers and employees?

Read more at EBN.