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Oct 15, 2019

A Message From the Editor

With new health care technology and innovation come new problems. The development of life-saving specialty drugs means additional costs and accessibility issues. And for telemedicine, which has been lauded for its potential to break down access barriers for those in rural communities, digital barriers exist. Read up on these challenges, as well as some potential solutions, in this week's e-news.

– Emily Payne, BenefitsPRO managing editor

News

Walmart adds financial incentive for employees who visit 'featured providers'

By Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News

Walmart is working with a startup company that uses data to identify doctors who provide high-quality care for employees. Read More

Analysis

Waste accounts for a quarter of health care spending

By Marlene Satter

That equates to an estimated $760 billion to $935 billion every year in wasteful health care spending. Read More

Market Insights

'Super spenders' accrued $2.1 billion in specialty drugs costs last year

By Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Consumers with more than $250,000 in total drug costs per year make up .0275% of the population but 8.6% of spending. Read More

Commentary

Digital tech doesn't solve health care's accessibility problem

By Anish Sebastian

The benefits of digital health tools mean very little to people without the means to access them. Read More

Expert Opinion

DPC brings non-benefited employees into the fold

By Andy Bonner

How marketing with non-insurance alternatives can address common concerns and increase enrollment. Read More

Best Practices

Ask the (health care) concierge

By Dan Cook

Employers are testing concierge services as one solution to costly health care decisions. Read More

Expert Opinion

FDA's proposed rules on drug importation: What to know

By Jack McStravock

Employer plan sponsors and plan administrators must be patient, as the rule is not yet finalized. Read More

Analysis

Gene therapy field faces some unique challenges

By Scott Wooldridge

Cost may be a major issue limiting adoption of gene therapy, but it's not the only one. Read More

Save the Date

BenefitsPRO Broker Expo 2020

Join us at BenefitsPRO Broker Expo in Austin, TX on May 18-20, 2020 for the premier educational & networking event for employee benefits brokers & agents. Learn More

Resources

Telehealth Index: 2019 Consumer Survey

Sponsored by: American Well

Consumers are willing to use telehealth, but your clients need help tailoring services for specific employee group needs. Discover how. Learn More

Broker's Playbook: 4 Plays for the Busy Season

Sponsored by: ArmadaCare

To get through your busy season, you need proven strategies that help you score with your clients. Learn More

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