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November 8 2013
by Todd Hixon

How Your Health Insurance Will Be Turned On Its Head

In the next decade most health insurance will change from a defined-benefit — you know what services you will receive — to a defined-contribution — you know how much money your employer will pay towards the cost of your healthcare. This very profound change has already swept through retirement benefits, the other main category of […]

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October 30 2013
by Todd Hixon

Back to Basics: Why We Have A Budget Crisis

The budget crisis has dominated the news since the 2012 election: fiscal cliff and now sequester. But, the terms of the debate have drifted away from the fundamental forces that created the crisis and will govern a solution. Obama holds forth but Boehner is skeptical. Photo via WhiteHouse.gov.   Listening to the press, I hear […]

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October 17 2013
by Todd Hixon

Everyone Needs A Health Care Coach

In a comment on my post Healthcare Needs Transparency, which argues that U.S. healthcare customers need better information to be smart buyers, James Daghllian remarked: “if you are not a savvy senior or have a smart son, [I] guess you are just screwed in America!” He touches a recurrent theme: many people feel unable to navigate […]

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August 28 2013
by Todd Hixon

Technology Alone Will Not Save Health Care

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on June 28, 2013.] Will Silicon Valley’s Confident Technologist Investors Save Healthcare? – Forbes. The post linked above from fellow BCG alumus David Shaywitz gives the Silicon Valley view of health care reform, which, if it were an advertising slogan, might boil down to: “Longer living through better algorithms.” […]

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July 18 2013
by Todd Hixon

Health Care Costs: End Of The Phony War?

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on March 20, 2013.] Steven Brill has received a lot of attention for an article published recently, Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us. Brill illustrates through a series of case studies two things: why medical costs are out of control, and how the impact of this on individuals can […]

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July 8 2013
by Todd Hixon

Two-Tier Health Care

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on August 8, 2012.] Massachusetts, the canary in the health care reform coal mine, is starting to have a two tier health care system. That means that people with limited means have one system available to them, and those who can pay up have another. This came home to […]

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June 27 2013
by Thanasis Delistathis

The Consumerization of Everything

Sometimes you have to take a step back to appreciate the frantic pace of change in consumer technology that we take for granted.  The ipad didn’t exist before 2009, but it is basically the tool I know use to read all my magazines and newspapers.  The iphone didn’t exist before 2007 but it is now […]

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June 27 2013
by John Backus

ObamaCare’s Silver Lining

Most agree that big changes are coming to your health care as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as “ObamaCare.” But the best, unintended consequence of the ACA is quietly brewing right now: over the next ten years, a robust, competitive, cash-based marketplace for all health care services – from the […]

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June 17 2013
by Todd Hixon

Why It Stinks To Be A Healthcare Entrepreneur

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on March 27, 2013.] This is the title [paraphrased] of a keynote given last week by Jonathon Bush, the CEO of AthenaHealth, at the Xconomy Mobile Madness conference in Cambridge, Ma. What follows are my notes from the speech. The ideas are Jonathon’s. I really like what he’s saying and mostly agree, […]

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May 31 2013
by Todd Hixon

The Health Insurance Company Is Your Friend

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on January 29, 2013.] I’m serious about this, not just trolling for comments. Health insurers have developed a negative image, in many ways justified. But, the game is changing, and in the next period they will be more allies than enemies for both consumers and plan sponsors. Why? The next decade […]

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