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With the massive amount of creative disruption happening in our industry, the need for advisor education is greater than ever. The University of Lynchburg’s Tom Scott has relied on industry experts and others to create a new Masters degree which focuses on the practical aspects of the new world of health benefits.

What You’ll Learn From this Episode:

  • How a Ph.D. in quantitative analysis found his way to the healthcare space.
  • Why health care education is a true blue ocean – and why that can’t continue.
  • Looking at health care costs from square 1 was the starting point.
  • Structure as 5, 10-week courses with top industry figures as lecturers and teachers – all online.
  • Solutions are available for our challenges – if we work and study together.

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The-Shift-Shapers-Podcast-(Rough-Comp-2)

With the massive amount of creative disruption happening in our industry, the need for advisor education is greater than ever. The University of Lynchburg’s Tom Scott has relied on industry experts and others to create a new Masters degree which focuses on the practical aspects of the new world of health benefits.

What You’ll Learn From this Episode:

  • How a Ph.D. in quantitative analysis found his way to the healthcare space.
  • Why health care education is a true blue ocean – and why that can’t continue.
  • Looking at health care costs from square 1 was the starting point.
  • Structure as 5, 10-week courses with top industry figures as lecturers and teachers – all online.
  • Solutions are available for our challenges – if we work and study together.

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Many firms are diversifying their client offerings and beefing up their value propositions to achieve success in the current environment. Some firms are finding that path by offering HR services. Barry Cohn and his wife’s firm have been moving in that direction and are about to make a big-time change to their practice.

What You’ll Learn From this Episode:

  • The story starts with Barry’s wife, Renee.
  • The synergy between plans and employee benefits.
  • How including HR changes the conversation.
  • The benefits of a mastergroup.
  • Can sole practitioners survive in the future?

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In Mel Schlesinger’s new book, The Better Medicare Solution: What No One Is Telling You, he does the math and lays out his belief that Medicare Supplements are a much better option for almost all consumers. He won’t even sell Medicare Advantage Plans! In this fast-paced interview, Mel makes the case and explains why.

What You’ll Learn From this Episode:

  • Medicare is not as complicated as many believe.
  • Why consumers should not rely on many advisors.
  • The case for not selling Medicare Advantage plans.
  • Why Medicare Supplements are a better option.
  • Which MA plans does he recommend to clients?

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Ten years ago, a number of physician “academies” came together to pioneer the concept of Medical Home. Today, that concept is more widely known as Direct Primary Care (DPC). Today, interest in DPC and the practice model itself is rapidly evolving. Our guest, Jon Hernandez is the CEO at PeakMed Direct Primary Care in Colorado, and he is one of the drivers who are pushing DPC into its next evolution.

In this fast-paced interview, we discuss different models of DPC and how the next version of DPC has been reverse engineered to include as many different lines of service as possible under a simple, affordable monthly pricing structure. As ever-growing personal responsibility amounts have caused some Americans to become “functionally uninsured”, interest in DPC is growing. Learn what’s new today and what is coming soon!

What You’ll Learn From this Episode:

  • What are the different traditional DPC models?
  • What are the strengths/weaknesses of those models?
  • How are new approaches being developed?
  • How is technology helping?
  • What needs to happen to make this practice model more attractive to employers?

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One of the benefits of moving from old-fashioned “wellness” programs to today’s wellbeing initiatives is the opportunity to include and address more of the issues employees are dealing with. One such issue has been under the radar, but is now beginning to be addressed: life challenges. In this episode we explore what that means, and why is it critically important for employers and employees alike.

What You’ll Learn From this Episode:

  • What the scope of the problem is.
  • What the most frequent issues are that are being dealt with.
  • Why creating meaningful help means going a step beyond the traditional clinician-based model.
  • How help libraries go beyond content to deliver a meaningful component of the benefit.

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Employers are beginning to move the needle on healthcare, and advisors have their ear. There is a lot of debris from old models that needs to be cleared, and on this episode we explore how that is happening and what is coming in its place. New and innovative models of care delivery and payment models are being incorporated into health plans. More importantly, many employers and employees are beginning to realize that they are the ones who are really in charge.

What You’ll Learn From this Episode:

  • Why HDHPs have not delivered as hoped.
  • How misaligned incentives have driven irrational markets.
  • Why the entrenched bureaucracies keep getting more entrenched.
  • ASOs with the BUCAs is not the solution most are looking for.
  • How to serve customers and get EBIDTA.

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Gene Thompson is both a Project Director and Director of Health City Cayman Islands (HCCI), an amazing facility that is delivering higher quality, lower cost care with greater patient satisfaction scores. Pioneered by Dr. Devi Shetti, a physician and health care visionary based in India, HCCI has become a leading model for medical tourism.

With the increased interest in self funding, the cost and quality curtain is being pulled back. Many U.S. companies are offering huge employee incentives in exchange for the quality and lower cost they provide. Gene offers a fascinating insight into this growing trend.

What You’ll Learn From this Episode:

  • How does the vision of how health care is delivered in the west drive HCCI?
  • Who is Dr. Shetti and why is his model driving change in hospital-based care?
  • What pricing methodologies are at work and what savings are there?
  • How is quality measured in these facilities?
  • What is the experience like for an employee who takes advantage of HCCI opportunities in their plan?

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Jack Hooper, Founder at Take Command Health, believes that data is the key to helping consumers connect with the plan that is right for them. Employees make plan decisions for a variety of reasons, but often do not find the plan that is right for them and do not understand the long-term impact of selecting the wrong plan.

We discuss why it has been impossible for consumers to shop for healthcare in much the same way they shop for most everything else in their lives and Jack highlights some solutions that are coming to market.

What You’ll Learn From this Episode:

  • What the right decision is and how consumers can find it
  • What pre-group options are and why they matter
  • The big opportunity for benefit advisors
  • How to have the benefits conversation with employers
  • What decision support tools are needed

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