Who is providing care?

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As I head over to Moscone Friday morning, I keep thinking about one statistic I heard yesterday as presented by Dr. Sobel, The Permanente Medical Group:

Who provides the largest source of care provision in the US?

You do! 80% of all primary care is self-care. In today's age of medical library's and internet sites and a generation much more comfortable with social networking for information. It's little wonder that increased focus on enabling value-add collaborative capacities must be moved to the forefront.

As I think about what that means to me, I want to be sure my sources of information between myself and my primary provider of care encompass leveraging all points of data, analysis for insight & relavance and getting information that I, as my first tier of care provision, can interpret and react to.

Next post will be written from a plane somewhere enroute back home to Denver. Alot to absorb and filter for sure.

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Rick Ingraham

Principal Industry Consultant

Rick has served as Health Intelligence Officer within SAS Federal, LLC since April 2011. He presents 20+ years of executive-level health experience in both the provider and payer settings and served SAS as senior healthcare strategist for 1998 to 2008. He served as global health & life sciences director within Teradata until rejoining SAS in 2011

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  1. Hi Rick,
    As I think about the implications of your message in this post about "Who is Providing Care" and how it relates to your earlier posting about global trends and opportunities, I am left wondering about how the role of the employer group will change in our evolving healthcare ecosystem.
    Companies in all industries are under pressure to reduce costs and grow top-line revenues, and finding a way to contain increases in employee healthcare benefits costs is a key means to that end. According to estimates by the National Coalition on Health Care, employer health insurance premiums in 2007 increased 6.1%, fueled in part by an estimated increase in total national health expenditures at two times the rate of inflation.
    One trend in recent years among large employers has been to phase out pension benefits with a tiered approach and offer incentives to shift retirement planning to 401k plans such as increased company matching funds. With regards to medical benefits, companies have been increasing the employee portion of premiums payments for years. Has there been any movement toward phasing out traditionally structured medical benefits in favor of something that might look like a 401k for health insurance in which the individual has more choices, but also bears additional risks as well as exposure to overall healthcare cost increases since the employer limits its risk to a static contribution percentage?
    Also, for companies that stay the course and continue to offer traditionally structured employer-funded medical benefits, how can they manage the risks of increasing healthcare costs? What might health insurance plans want to consider to help employer groups manage those costs?
    Thanks,
    JB

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