12 Take-Aways From the Forbes Healthcare Summit 2013

      I was fortunate this week to participate in the Forbes Healthcare Summit 2013 in New York City. Following are some of my take-aways from the event:     1. Strong signs of general acceptance throughout the room that ACA is here, and that we may as well accept it and look ...

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On ObamaCare, Employers, and the Full-Time vs. Part-Time Decision

With full implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare) now within sight, every organization with a payroll and a modicum of good sense is getting serious about determining their strategy and tactics with respect to the act. Some have already decided to go ...

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Health Care – It’s Time to Move On

In the days since the U.S. Supreme Court’s legal affirmation of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), we have witnessed a cacophany of celebratory victory laps and ongoing bloviating about impending doom, loss of freedom, and death panels. Whether you are an employer, an individual citizen, ...

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12 Things I Learned at a Healthcare Seminar Yesterday

Notes From Healthcare Reform Seminar Memphis, TN 7/14/11 (sponsored by Memphis Daily News) Keynote Speaker:  Philip Johnson – Argyle Benefits Panelists: David Elliott (Baptist Healthcare), Scott Morris (Church Health), James Terwilliger (Duncan Williams) 1.  Most of the enabling legislation for ...

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Get Some Crayons, Mr. President

In his best-selling book, “Beating the Street”, famed investment fund manager, Peter Lynch opined that people ought not invest in anything which “cannot be explained with a crayon.” His reasoning was that, if you can’t explain with something as blunt and simple as a crayon what a company does ...

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Health Care Reform… a Suggestion for Employers

Anyone who has spent even fifteen minutes genuinely listening to the current “debate” about health care reform can’t help but conclude that, as with most things insurance related, there is a whole lotta ignorance goin’ on. Sadly, most of us couldn’t find our insurance card with both hands in a ...

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Dr. J’s Prescriptions for Health Care Reform

Yesterday, at the conclusion of a routine office visit with my primary care physician, I asked for his opinion on the most important aspects of fixing our health care system. Actually, use of the word “system” is off the mark, because we really don’t have a health care system at ...

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A Crisis of Trust

Within the next year, it seems likely that three things will happen, each of which will put added pressure on employers. In likely order of occurrence they are: Health care legislation – The odds are that some kind of health care bill will soon be signed into law. While this is generally ...

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Should Wal-Mart Be on Your Resume?

Our 1998 book, Contented Cows Give Better Milk, called attention to the substantial advantage in business outcomes achieved by companies with sensible leadership and employee relations practices. In it, we compared the difference in business results for a group of 6 companies with reputations ...

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When It Comes to Health Care, Be Opinionated… Just Don’t Be a Dummy

As the debate over health care heats up, we are being exposed to more flatulence than what we’re typically forced to endure during an election period. Unfortunately, most of us are ill-prepared to advocate or even recognize a reasoned position in the great health care debate because we’ve ...

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