The ShiftShapers Podcast (general)

This week’s episode is a conversation with Tom Malesic, Founder and CEO at EZSolution. Today, Tom introduces basic digital marketing concepts on major social media platforms like Facebook and LinkedIn.

Tom goes into detail on finding your audience on Facebook and using industry tricks to reach them more effectively. He also shares unusual metrics that you can use to track your marketing progress and ways you can improve your lead generation website.

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This week’s episode is a conversation with Ron Laikind, an adventurer with a penchant for adaptability and owner at Extreme Mist PCS, LLC. Today, Ron explains how he meets the needs of current times through on-the-spot creativity.

He shares that the idea for a misting system began on camelback while traversing the African desert. Ron also shares how he has since adapted his product to fight COVID-19 and adjusted it for use in the sanitation industry.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2RnaYAN

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This week’s episode is a conversation with Jason Treu, Chief People Officer at Unstoppable Workplaces. Today, Jason discusses how companies can experiment with communication strategies to maintain connections with their team members.

Jason also talks about the changes that companies need to adapt to in an increasingly digital environment. To survive, companies need to implement empathetic strategies for teamwork and get regular feedback from employees.

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This episode of The ShiftShapers Podcast is called "The Importance of Emotional Intelligence" with Alan Cohen, President at ASC Coaching & Speaking, TEDx speaker, and author of "The Connection Challenge" and "Those Difficult Talks."

Today, Alan defines emotional intelligence and a key aspect of it known as empathy. He also discusses the role of self-assessment in leadership to overcome blind spots and how a shared purpose can make people transcend pettiness and achieve greatness.

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This episode of The ShiftShapers Podcast is called "Dealing with VUCA - Your Key To Surviving Future Shock" with Ira Wolfe, President and Chief Googlization Officer at Success Performance Solutions.

Today, Ira defines VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity) and contextualizes it to the global pandemic. He comments on the stress of the accelerated use of technology and how responding to it causes disruption but also leads to adaptation.

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This episode of The ShiftShapers Podcast is called "What Does Your Brand Say About You?" with Gary Hernbroth, Founder and Chief Motivating Officer at Training for Winners. Today, Gary shares how to cultivate your own personal brand and the importance of authenticity.

He also discusses the top characteristics of a salesperson, such as listening and follow-through, and provides a real-life example of an insurance agent leveraging authenticity to create a lasting business partnership.

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This episode of The ShiftShapers Podcast is called "The One Thing Holding Your Business Back" with Ed Krow, Founder & HR Strategist of Ed Krow, LLC. Today, Ed explains that businesses need to adapt to the Experience Age to manage their employees better.

He also shares that businesses can achieve their next big milestone by letting others make the difficult decisions for them. Not only does this boost creativity to run a business, but it also fosters trust in the company culture moving forward.

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This episode of The ShiftShapers Podcast is called "You Can't Be A Thought Leader In One Day" with Andrea Pass, founder and CEO of Andrea Pass Public Relations. Today, Andrea shares what it means to be a publicist and how thought leaders are created using the free tools available to public relations.

Andrea also discusses the relevance of PR with social media and how she applies the traditional PR methods to keep her clients up to date in the digital world. She also provides actionable tips for businesses in employee benefits to get started on their own PR.

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This episode of The ShiftShapers Podcast is called "New Developments In Pharmacy Cost" with Garrett D'Antoni of NavRx, a prescription benefit manager (PBM) with a commitment to transparency.

Garrett begins by defining companion diagnostics then breaks down the confusing nature of NDC codes and why some PBM's can charge astonishing amounts for prescribed medications. He also goes into detail about the increasing popularity of pharmacy tourism and the significant cost savings it offers.

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This episode of The ShiftShapers Podcast is called "Thinking About Starting A Podcast" with Elzie Flenard, Founder of audio marketing agency Enterprise NOW! and The MAYOR of Podcast Town, a community for podcasters by podcasters.

Elzie shares what makes a successful podcast, from having the right motivations and mindset, to the more technical aspects behind producing a show flow, post-production, and the CRAB process which stands for Compose, Record, Arrange, and Broadcast.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://bit.ly/38MRyxd

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This episode of The ShiftShapers Podcast is called "Direct Primary Care In the Employer Market: How To Get There" with John Collier, President and CEO at Proactive MD, a direct primary care (DPC) organization.

John explains the possibilities of DPC that integrates administrative processes, delivers clinically effective healthcare while still remaining financially viable for stakeholders, and promotes patient empowerment through a "patient advocate".

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This episode of The ShiftShapers Podcast is called "Target and Tame the Drug Spend Monster" with Pramod John, Founder and CEO at VIVIO Health. They discuss the changing nature of specialty drugs as adjuvant therapies and the skyrocketing costs that come with it.

Pramod also discusses the case of Humira biosimilars and AbbVie's threat to litigate, resulting in it being unavailable in the US. He further explains the broken system that favors big pharma, its detrimental effect on regular citizens, and what we can do about it.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2ALItrX

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This episode of The ShiftShapers Podcast is called "Creating a Fee-Based Consultancy" with Derek Winn and Jessica Du Bois, Consultant and Employee Benefits Advisor respectively at Business Benefits Group. They talk about the differences of Distilled Concepts from the parent company and how this new division caters to the specific needs of their clients.

Some of their innovations include leading with an RFI before sending a project proposal to fully understand who their client is and what it is they want to achieve, and letting the clients come to them instead of focusing on inbound leads.

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This episode of The ShiftShapers Podcast is called "The $500 Tipping Point" with Amy Chambers, Founder and COO of HealthBridge. Today, David and Amy discuss the complex problem of providing for the healthcare of the functionally uninsured.

Amy explains their program's benefits to providers such as infusing cash into the system and reducing difficulties in collecting. On the member side, she further shares how this restores their dignity around the issue of money and their faith into value-based care.

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This episode of The ShiftShapers Podcast is called "Removing Self-Funding Barriers For Employers and Advisors" with Michael Poelman and Spencer Brydon, President and Regional Vice President of Sales respectively at Novo Benefits.

Today, Michael and Spencer discuss what keeps employers and brokers from going self-funded, as well as what independence and transparency really mean in this space. They also share how brokers can approach stop-loss carriers and reduce complexity moving forward.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2TVKmsu

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This episode of The ShiftShapers Podcast is called "Using Data To Decide When To Go Partially Self Funded" with Hari Sundram, CEO and Founder at Verikai. Today, David and Hari discuss the kinds of data that are used as a surrogate for risk.

Hari explains how brokers can inform their clients on predictive modeling and how having large data sets helps cut through anecdotal biases to provide new premiums and new outcomes.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2Lz31pn

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This episode of The ShiftShapers Podcast is called "Help Your Clients Go Back To The Office" with Chris Yarn, CEO of Walk On Clinic. Today, host and Chief Transformation Strategist David Saltzman and Chris discuss how employers can go ahead with testing (or not testing) their employees for COVID.

Chris starts by sharing his experience with helping employers deploy large-scale virus testing and how brokers can recommend these measures. He also explores actual human behavior when it comes to testing positive and its sometimes contradictory nature to EEOC and HIPAA regulations.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://bit.ly/3dy0BDj

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This episode of The ShiftShapers Podcast is called "Disrupting Your Own Disruption" with Eric Silverman, Founder of Voluntary Disruption. Today, host and Chief Transformation Strategist David Saltzman and Eric discuss some major changes to voluntary benefits aka enhanced benefits.

They explore the reasons why enhanced benefits are a practical idea, the improvements in the tech that serves this group, and the strategies to drive engagement among employees and keep benefits attractive.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2xuEPkp

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This episode of The ShiftShapers Podcast is called "The Genomic Revolution - with Darren Rowe". Today, host and Chief Transformation Strategist David Saltzman and Darren explore the current science of genomics and the potential it holds for precision medicine in the future.

Darren also raises the important social and ethical elements that are inherent with genomics, such as the role of wealth and the possibility of breeding superhumans based solely on their capacity to access this technology. Darren also explains how ROI can be determined in the early stages of genomics today.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2Y7LZ9m

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This episode of The ShiftShapers Podcast is called "More Effective and Efficient Prospecting - With Kerry Heaps". Today, host and Chief Transformation Strategist David Saltzman and Kerry start by discussing public speaking, how it improves prospecting, and how imparting helpful information should be your number 1 priority.

Kerry then explains the importance of body language during public speaking and how strategic use of PowerPoints are not only a requirement by large conferences but also serve as an important teaching tool. Lastly, Kerry also shares her own tips to get over the nerves of speaking in front of a live audience.

 

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This episode of The ShiftShapers Podcast is called "Dealing With People You Can't Stand - with Dr. Rick Brinkman". Today, host and Chief Transformation Strategist David Saltzman and Rick talk about bringing out the best in people by first understanding intent and criteria.

With these, and the knowledge of 13 archetypes of people you can't stand, it becomes much easier to understand where they are coming from and to communicate what you want to tell them effectively.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://bit.ly/34syFNU

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This episode of The ShiftShapers Podcast is called "Employee-customized Wellness Programs - with Daniel Freedman". Today, host and Chief Transformation Strategist David Saltzman and Daniel discuss wellness challenges in the workplace, expanding wellness to include emotional support, and migrating these classes to the online space.

The key difference is the social aspect and Daniel provides examples of how companies that cater to the social needs of their employees see a boost in happiness and productivity, even as people from across the world work from home amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2ULsP76

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This episode of The ShiftShapers Podcast is called "What is Stress - and How Can We Cope? - With Lynn Jonen, PhD" and today, host and Chief Transformation Strategist David Saltzman and Lynn discuss the problems caused by stress, understand the underlying causes, and explore various solutions.

This discussion is especially relevant nowadays with the drastic changes brought about by COVID-19 and the corresponding stress that it causes on people. David and Lynn also talk about spiritual health and its role in keeping stress at bay.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2Jn6rdx

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This is part 2 of The ShiftShapers Podcast episode called "Reading the Regulatory Tea Leaves - with Jessica Waltman" and today, host and Chief Transformation Strategist David Saltzman and Jessica discuss transparency changes on the regulatory front and how these changes can affect you and your clients.

In particular, Jessica breaks down into plain language the transparency rules that affect hospitals and the differences with the rules for insurers and employer-sponsors in disclosing information. Jessica also explains how the new rules affect regular consumers and how requests for information can be made.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://bit.ly/3bhTduz

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This is part 1 of The ShiftShapers Podcast episode called "Reading the Political Tea Leaves - with Jessica Waltman" and today, host and Chief Transformation Strategist David Saltzman and Jessica discuss health insurance and health-related matters in today's political climate.

Jessica, who is Principal at Forward Health Consulting, provides easy to understand insights about what is happening with the Affordable Care Act or ACA and how scrapping it affects much more than just Obamacare. She also provides a fearless forecast on the future of the ACA under a Sanders, Biden, and second Trump administration.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/39UV0Fx

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This episode of The ShiftShapers Podcast is called "Innovation and Problem Solving, with Jayne Morgan, M.D." and today, host and Chief Transformation Strategist David Saltzman, together with Jayne, Director Of Innovation at Piedmont Healthcare, discuss innovation and how it is applied at Piedmont.

Also discussed is diversity in clinical trials; why it is lacking and the progress of making it more inclusive to more minorities. The role of the FDA is also clarified when it comes to making changes in addressing health gaps and producing solutions that affect all demographics of people.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/39BqJeO

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This episode of The ShiftShapers Podcast is called "Finding The Right Stop-Loss Partner" and today, host and Chief Transformation Strategist David Saltzman is joined by Mehb Khoja, President of Medical Risk Managers, Inc. to discuss the topic from the perspectives of both employers and MGU's.

Mehb explains the lag times experienced between incurring and paying claims, shares his insights on why it is not advisable to swing back and forth from fully-insured to self-insured, and defines what lasering is and its significance in this industry.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/38jRGT6

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This episode of The ShiftShapers Podcast is called "Finding Happiness When Success Isn't Enough" and today, host and Chief Transformation Strategist David Saltzman is joined by Freda Doxey, Founder of the A Wise Coaching and Counseling Company. Freda begins by sharing some of her tools and techniques to deal with the stresses of 2020.

She goes on to explain the differences between internal and external stress and breaks down the 3 parts of internal stress: What am I thinking? What are the emotions attached to it? And what do I believe?

And to round up the episode, Freda explains the need for a coach and its particular differences with a mentor and a sponsor. She also answers the crucial question of how to find life's happiness when success is not enough and the roles of helpfulness, satisfaction, and mindfulness in this equation.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2vTTPqW

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In this episode of the ShiftShapers Podcast, host and Chief Transformation Strategist David Saltzman is joined by Jim Hoitt, Senior Vice President at Captive Division at Berkeley Accident & Health.

Jim shares his in-depth knowledge and insights into the world of Captives and discusses its 2 models and the nature of each. He also takes a deep dive into the kinds of companies that benefit the most from a Captive, from their shared goals to the ideal company size to their financial commitments.

But Jim also discusses the major plus sides to the arrangement which include providing the best healthcare for companies at a lower cost, absorbing losses and mitigating risk factors to help ensure success across models. He also explains the key role an adviser plays in all of this and how the ultimate goal is to provide guidance and filter the best-fit companies.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://bit.ly/37EgmFb


In this episode of the ShiftShapers Podcast, host and Chief Transformation Strategist David Saltzman sits down with Jeremiah Solven, Founder of the Conquer Academy.

Today he shares his unique mindset which he honed when he was in his Ranger unit, the Badmuthers, and explains how a triangle of leadership, personal performance, and character are at the core of this mindset.

With this mindset, Jeremiah pursues his best version of himself and this is what he teaches to his students as well.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://bit.ly/37bcLOJ

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In this episode of the ShiftShapers Podcast, host and Chief Transformation Strategist David Saltzman chats with Brian Clarke to discuss the life insurance company's perspective on life settlement.

Brian is the Director of Business Development at Reliant Life Shares and he shares details on how life insurance companies handle life settlement, from paying out death benefits to undertaking risk to dealing with government regulation.

Brian also shares how individual investors can participate in this market and changing the mindset around life settlement to see the real value it has to those who need it.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://bit.ly/3b7ofpF

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In this episode of the ShiftShapers Podcast, host and Chief Transformation Strategist David Saltzman chats with David Vivero, Co-Founder and CEO of Amino.

David shares his knowledge of consumerism in healthcare and discusses how consumers want transparency of information and choice, but not too much that it ends up frustrating them. He also talks about how Amino connects consumers to services they want and the engagement and ROI that employers can expect from offering this service.

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In this episode of the ShiftShapers Podcast, host and Chief Transformation Strategist David Saltzman sits down with cognitive neuroscientist Gleb Tsipursky to talk about why "trusting your gut" could be the worst business advice you could follow.

Gleb starts with breaking down the SWOT analysis and how this popular business tool actually feeds into cognitive biases and might not be producing the results you thought it would. He also gives tips on how to avoid personal cognitive biases and introduces 5 questions to ask yourself before a sale or another big decision.

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In this episode of the ShiftShapers Podcast, host and Chief Transformation Strategist David Saltzman chats with Lisa Rehburg, President of Rehburg Life Insurance Settlements. Lisa explains what a life insurance settlement is and how policy owners can actually sell their life insurance policies for cash.

Lisa goes on an in-depth discussion where she discusses the benefits to agents who will offer this, the legalities of life insurance settlements, and the growing appeal of this type of settlement to boomers who are now approaching senior age.

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In this episode of the ShiftShapers Podcast, host and Chief Transformation Strategist David Saltzman chats with Ryan Sachtjen, Co-Founder at WatchTower to discuss some 21st-century technological innovations that help advisors use more of their time facing clients and selling.

Ryan goes into intricate detail on common RFP issues today and how automating workflows of companies can positively affect the bottom line. He also discusses what the future holds for brokerage firms that could lead to significant shifts in industry.

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In this episode of the ShiftShapers Podcast, host and Chief Transformation Strategist David Saltzman sits down with Richard Turrin, independent fintech, AI consultant, and author of "Innovation Lab Excellence: Digital Transformation from Within" to discuss what an "Innovation Lab" is and how it creates significant impact to companies which embrace it.

He goes into further detail by discussing Skunk Works at Lockheed Martin and how this team is an example of a successful innovation lab. Richard also shares the basic tools of innovation and how companies, especially insurance companies, can apply them to their own systems. He finally talks about the strides China has made in terms of digitizing its own systems.

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In this episode of the ShiftShapers Podcast, Host and Chief Transformation Strategist David Saltzman features Peter Nieves, Chief Commercial Officer at WINFertility, as he explains what Family Building is and how it is different from in vitro fertilization.

Peter explains the driving factors behind Family Building and how there is a surge in demand in recent years. He also explains how this service, which can be provided by a company, can reap a significant ROI from happier employees.

 

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In this episode of the ShiftShapers Podcast, Host and Chief Transformation Strategist David Saltzman features Craig Gussin, President at Retire with Renewals (among many other positions), and is widely considered an insurance expert with decades of experience.



Today he talks about safeguarding your family in the sudden and unexpected event that something happens to you or your business. From highlighting the value of incorporation, to partnering up with other licensed agents, to discussing a "continuation of commission plan", Craig provides valuable insight to the many options available to agents when planning for the future.

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In this episode of the ShiftShapers Podcast, David welcomes Kornelius Bankston. Kornelius is managing partner at techPLUG, an innovation firm that integrates tech and healthcare for diverse populations.

David and Kornelius discuss the determinants of healthcare such as location transportation, prescription availability and food security. Kornelius explains what marginalized communities are and what they need. He explains how techPLUG came about and what technological solutions they offer to health problems many underserved people face today.

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In this episode of the ShiftShapers Podcast, David talks to Hugh O’Toole. Hugh is CEO of Innovu, a company that offers analysis services and well-designed products to help companies seamlessly integrate data across all programs. David and Hugh discuss the use of data to help advise companies.

Hugh explains the process of cleaning data sets to set them up for proper analytics. He demonstrates how to utilize data sets to monitor and predict healthcare for employees, organize worker’s compensation, and identify fraud within a system. Hugh talks about particular insights gained after data analysis and how reconciling different perspectives generates the right modeling, reports and predictions.

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In this episode of the ShiftShapers Podcast, David talks to Vicky Westra. Vicky is the Founder and Chief Executive of Artistas Café and Javamo Art for Autism, both social enterprises supporting individuals diagnosed with Autism. She’s a board member of Autism Shifts, a program and community of parents, educators and employers dedicated to understanding autism on multiple levels.

David and Vicky talk about understanding autism and its diagnosis. They discuss how people with varying degrees of autism can integrate into the typical society. Vicky explains how normal people and people with autism can learn from one another in the “real world”. She talks about the benefits of employing autistic persons and shares her personal experience.

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In this episode of the ShapeShifters Podcast, Host and Chief Transformation Strategist David Saltzman features Kev Coleman, President and Founder of AssociationHealthPlans.Com to explain what AHP's are all about and how small businesses can benefit from them.

Kev is a consumer advocate, researcher, and published writer whose works have appeared on The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Consumer Reports, USA Today. He has published a book as well called "Association Health Plans & The Future of American Health Insurance."

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2J7maOa

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In this episode of the ShapeShifters Podcast, David welcomes Jeanne Moore. Jeanne is a registered nurse who is now working in the health insurance industry, and providing consulting services. She is the author of Nurses Take Back Health Care One Employer At A Time.

Jeanne talks about the shift in the role of nurses in society today and how this relates to the quality of healthcare as well as the flaws in the business framework inherent in hospital settings. She shares her insights regarding disease management, data analysis and problems with the healthcare industry as a business. David and Jeanne discuss how to empower nurses and the current need to augment their roles in the healthcare system.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2INSmWA

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Host and Chief Transformation Strategist David Saltzman welcomes Emma Passe, COO of E-Powered Benefits and self-described relentless change seeker, to share her thoughts on change and empowered leadership by females and other minorities.

Emma describes how things have changed and continue to change in the landscape of leadership, as well the different elements that make it up like confidence, growth, and success. She also gets down to the details of some important and current topics like reference-based pricing (RBP), High Deductible Health Plans (HDHP), and Health Savings Accounts (HSA).

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2osM5bL

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Today's episode of The ShiftShapers Podcast welcomes The Telephone Doctor Nancy Friedman on the show to share her thoughts on customer service, how it goes wrong, and the best ways to fix it.

Nancy discusses common phrases customers hear which simply do not encourage good business, and moves on to the more modern modes of communication like email and chat. She also highlights quick solutions for companies to boost their customer service relations--all in just one call.


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Today's episode of The ShiftShapers Podcast explores innovative ways of sourcing the best talents for agencies. Host David Saltzman features Susan Rider, Vice President of Employee Benefits and Human Capital Strategies at Gregory & Appel Insurance, and they discuss disabilities, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace.

Susan begins by sharing her own learning difficulties and how this shaped her interest in bringing in otherwise overlooked opportunities for her agency. She also goes more in depth in the specific ways Gregory & Appel taps talent, both from existing and prospective employees.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2mbKg1A

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Today's episode of The ShiftShapers Podcast by David Saltzman is called "Healthcare’s New Front Door" and focuses on the expanding space of telemedicine. David features Kelly Bliss, Chief Client Officer at Teladoc Health, and explores what telemedicine is all about and how it breaks barriers to serve millions upon millions of people in need.

Kelly begins by telling the story of her mother's condition and eases into an in-depth discussion on areas where telemedicine is breaking ground, specifically in areas of mental and behavioral health, healthcare literacy, and accessible costing.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2m3QbWt

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Starting a podcast to help deliver clients sounds easy enough, right? Ben Krueger of Cashflow Podcasting says there is more to it than meets the eye – including a healthy dose of commitment. But if you do it right it can be rewarding on a number of fronts. Ben helped us launch ShiftShapers, so we think of him as the guru of podcasting!

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2UftVGm

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Josh Luke is a man with many vantage points on our health care system: author, public speaker, healthcare futurist, and hospital administrator. He believes that the current healthcare system is irreparable. So, what are his thoughts about how we move forward and craft something that actually works? 

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2KXzrZX 

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How can plan participants use transparency tools to stay in network, but still find less expensive, higher quality care? Bill Hennessey is CEO at Pratter, Inc. and says the data proves – without argument – that providing transparency tools that are easy to use will help employers and their employees bust through the price/quality walls.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2ZZcWtD

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How does a nationally-recognized agency owner keep the joy in what she does – and what are her secrets for accomplishing that goal? Tanya Boyd, of the eponymous Tanya Boyd Agency, suggests we “quit it with the noise” and how to handle it when obstacles, limitations and beliefs collide.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2YABUTB 

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With all the noise and change in our industry, some find chaos and others find opportunity. Some of us need a Sherpa to help climb that opportunity market. But how do you get started, what do you look for in a guide or coach and how can you get to the summit? Ryan Miller is a fellow podcaster, coach and public speaker who talks to us about the help we all need to reach our peak of production.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2KcuLim

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With all the noise and change in our industry, some find chaos and others find opportunity. Some of us need a Sherpa to help climb that opportunity market. But how do you get started, what do you look for in a guide or coach and how can you get to the summit? Ryan Miller is a fellow podcaster, coach and public speaker who talks to us about the help we all need to reach our peak of production.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2MaVWwE

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Shannon Skaggs, President at Quantum Health, knows that the average significant health event lasts 11 months, involves 5-7 providers and requires the patient to make 41 decisions. On this episode, Shannon explores how a patient can deal with all of that and discusses the tools and techniques that are available to help them.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2YVifdj

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Steve Watson is a CFO/CHRO of a 500-life group who has learned that there is a critical lack of understanding about benefits among his peers. In this interview, Steve offers his candid impressions about his efforts to educate other C-suite leaders and how benefits advisors can be more effective when talking with them.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2YMwyRn 

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We have had guests talk about benefits and P&C mergers, but how do you create a successful joint venture between benefits and accounting firms while managing the complexities of a highly regulated market? On this episode, we chat with Adam Rosenfeld, President of BT Benefits about the challenges and successes of just such a joint venture.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2J8HH9K

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How do you deal with a bifurcated market, and what can we learn from our Taft/Hartley cousins? Jim Garrison, President at Pacific Federal, a private TPA in Southern California, discusses that and more in this episode.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2Nf1AQm 

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A personal encounter with the medical system led to a decision that making a difference required a different approach. So Adam Berkowitz launched an agency that takes a new-day perspective in its operations and interactions with clients.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2XrwLff 

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Creating a pharmacy model that provides help for underserved populations using reclaimed prescriptions required a pharmacist with a mission, a change in legislation and a vision. Phil Baker is a pharmacist on a mission who has created a whole that is more than just the sum of its parts.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2Rc9MPL 

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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.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2EYmexQ 

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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.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2WxYZo8 

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With all of the focus on deconstructing health plans, the technical aspects of self-funding, advising clients on compliance, and more – it is often hard to remember the amount of good we do as an industry. Advisor Tom DiLiegro’s experience as a young man drove that point home in a very personal and long-lasting way.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2EoXezi

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It doesn’t do a lot of good if a firm has the best benefit plans in the world, but the employees don’t really know about them or understand how they work. What are some of the key tools and techniques you should use to make sure your client’s message is getting through? Ellen Anreder, Owner of Bleiweiss Communications, has spent her career helping Taft/Hartley Plans and others do just that.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2LHqbwD 

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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.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2DX0j9E 

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Deconstructing health plans is a challenge – especially so in small markets. What are those conversations like, and is it possible to achieve success with new health plan strategies outside of large markets? Josh Baker, President of Butler Benefits in Amarillo, Texas, shares his experience and success secrets with us.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2PJc2gB

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There is a great deal of discussion in our industry about “deconstructing” health plans and the benefits available when an employer embraces a deconstructed plan while working with the correct advisor. Robson Baker, advisor at Clarus Benefits, has studied this strategy and has great advice for those already working on deconstructed plans, and for those who aspire to help employers embrace this technique. 

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2XFMzHR 

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Western medicine is not the only way to achieve health and wellbeing. How can Yoga and meditation affect your clients' health care spend and create a better environment for their employees? Naama Pozniak, CEO of A+ Insurance Services, has dedicated herself to bringing those disciplines to advisors and their clients.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://bit.ly/2IqgGiO 

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Within our own firm – and for clients – technology has become an often-confusing maze of choices. How do you know what to look for and how to make the right long-term choice? Jeff Severson, President of Trinity Advisors, has made a career of learning how to keep advisors and their clients from falling into tech traps.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://bit.ly/2P3eLkY 

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From application to claims, DI is a bit of a different animal. Underwriting is both medical and financial, and policy provisions are (understandably) more complex than a life sale. Death is not subjective, but disabilities are, and oftentimes this leads to claim challenges. Eric Buchanan, JD, and his firm help claimants when the rubber meets the road.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://bit.ly/2I7RlcF 

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Product, marketing and technical knowledge alone are not enough to be effective with today’s prospects and clients. Dana Dombrowski, a coach with Hit The Ground Running, shares some of her tips and techniques for advisors who need to listen more carefully, speak more clearly, and act more deliberately.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://bit.ly/2U7RK5h  

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A client called to tell Jennifer Borislow that two employees who were away on vacation had an accident and informed her that one died, one has serious injuries. The client asked for help and Jennifer soon learned that because the employees were young and had not done much – if any – advance planning, sorting through all of the challenges for them and their families would become a very complicated matter. Founder of Borislow Insurance, Jennifer reflected on how to keep this from happening to others and she and two agency specialists wrote a new book, If I Had Only Known.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://bit.ly/2XKsmS2  

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Taylor Lindsey is a partner at Employee Benefit Consultants, but he is also the fourth-generation member of the firm and he is working to morph this highly-respected old-line agency into a totally modern value-based, data-driven firm. Listen in and learn some of the tools and techniques he has employed to overcome that challenge.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://bit.ly/2TFOoWY 

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Increased interest in self-funded plans means more clients are gaining access to data, but data without interpretation that creates actionable changes is pretty much useless. Ross Bjella, CEO of Alithias knows how to make that happen –and shares his insight on this episode.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://bit.ly/2Um6A53 

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Wellness is evolving, but it is also an often-challenging subject for advisors. What is working and what isn’t? What will provide a demonstrable ROI and how do you set expectations and position these programs with prospects and clients? Ed Buckley, Chairman and CEO of Peerfit, has studied this area for years and has the answers you need to make wellness an integral part of your offerings.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://bit.ly/2XsjgJh 

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Our guest on this episode, Jacques Loveall, is Chairman of the United Food and Commercial Workers Trust, which, after being buffeted by the system as end users and an (almost) afterthought, has made some long-overdue changes in ownership and control of healthcare delivery. It is has been a fascinating journey, and they are just getting started.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://bit.ly/2BHq7pa 

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Contributor Jessica Waltman joins us for her quarterly visit to discuss the legislative and regulatory changes going on in Washington. Beyond the jockeying for the 2020 Presidential race, there is a great deal going on that you may not have been able to hear about over that din. Listen in to learn what you should be paying attention to and how it might affect your prospects and clients.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://bit.ly/2SN0RYd

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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.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://bit.ly/2HUw8Ep

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Can you create an agency that is focused more on relationships and results than on the traditional sales-driven mentality? That’s what Braden Monaco, Co-founder and Managing Partner at Blue Horizon Benefits, set out to learn. Along the way, he and his team created a concept they call the “Total Concierge Approach,” which creates true results-driven partnerships. Braden shares his firm’s journey and what they learned – good and bad – along the way.

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Mark Blum has taken a very different path to get to the healthcare universe – starting as a labor organizer and negotiator who quickly found healthcare to be the most frequent stumbling stone in negotiations. The determination to find a way to resolve that issue has brought him to some interesting destinations and some surprising conclusions along the way. He is Executive Director of America’s Agenda, a non-profit healthcare delivery innovation center, and also serves as President of SolidaritUS Health.

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We have had a few guests discussing RBP, but the inevitable comments come down to how to implement it successfully more than how the components work (or occasionally – don’t work). Lester Morales is CEO of Next Impact, and he shares his extensive experience about how to go from “here to there” without the usual client and employee fears.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://bit.ly/2TSl1Nr 

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Have you finally “had it” with commission compression, but don’t have a clue about how to escape the commission boa constrictor and move toward a fee-based or hybrid practice model? Cheryl Perez, President of BIG-HR, shares her agency’s journey and offers specific advice about what KPIs to watch, how to value what you provide to clients and how to gain a competitive advantage in the process.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://bit.ly/2siwBpd 

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With the stratospheric rise in advisor interest in self-funding as a base financing design for bringing other state-of-the-art tools to employers, it is critical for advisors to understand the components and players. Jonathan Socko is Senior Vice President for Sales & Business Development for East Coast Underwriters and offers his advice for newbies and seasoned practitioners as well.

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In this episode, we explore some of the most common questions advisors ask about self-funding and discuss concerns ranging from minimum group size to tools and techniques. Our guest on this episode of ShiftShapers is Adam Russo, Esq., co-founder and CEO of The Phia Group, as well as the founding and managing partner at a law firm, Russo & Minchoff. He believes that, in light of the healthcare reform, the current environment is full of exciting opportunities that many brokers can take advantage of.

We also have a frank exchange about what is behind recent efforts by some Departments of Insurance to try to put the brakes on certain segments of self-funding and the potential impact that may have on employers seeking an alternate to the fully insured marketplace.

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Tobe Gerard shares valuable insight into how she built a successful agency specializing in long-term care insurance. She had 20 years of experience in the insurance industry before starting her firm, and for the past 15 years, she's built a highly efficient, effective and successful agency using a unique strategy.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2EzblTQ 

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On this episode of ShiftShapers, our guest and I discuss the new and diverse tools that advisors within the insurance industry are using to market their businesses. The fastest growing method happens to be video, and Bart Camarata is an expert on the topic.

Bart is the creator and host of BenefitAdvisor TV, where he leverages his Middle Tennessee State education to produce quality video content. Bart takes on some preconceptions about video - is it expensive to get started? and is it difficult to get started? We also discuss how advisors and agencies can begin to use video in a variety of ways to market their practices. 

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2EgfxHL

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Drug costs are soaring and driving more of medical spend than ever before. The good news is that there are tools coming to market to help consumers and plans alike.

That is what our guest, Gary Becker, CEO of ScriptSourcing, and I discuss on this episode. We begin with an exploration of why prescription drugs are so much more expensive in the United States than they are in other countries. We discuss the particular drugs that are driving the pharma cost component to all-time highs.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2Qcy3b6

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Clients want more than a broker slinging the same old solutions – they want an advisor who can help them understand where the money is going, and how to control their spend over the entire claims spend continuum. Our guest on this episode, former professional poker player turned benefits advisor John Sbrocco, has spent time, money and a whole lot of effort to be that advisor, and in the 2-part interview, he shares what he has learned.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2PSECPW   

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Clients want more than a broker slinging the same old solutions – they want an advisor who can help them understand where the money is going, and how to control their spend over the entire claims spend continuum. Our guest on this episode, former professional poker player turned benefits advisor John Sbrocco, has spent time, money and a whole lot of effort to be that advisor, and in the 2-part interview, he shares what he has learned.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2DUL6HR 

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Specialty drugs represent an ever-growing driver of our overall enormous drug spend. Pramod John, our guest on this episode, is CEO of Vivio Health, which is singularly focused on using outcomes revealed by data and analytics to bend the hockey-stick curve of this spending trend.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2RJwTQL  

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There is a fast-growing movement toward bundled, all-in one-price medical services that save money, provides less complexity for members, and may make networks (as we know them today) obsolete. Our guest on this episode is Stan Schwartz, M.D., the Chief Medical Officer of The Zero Card, a company which is in the forefront of making this dramatic change.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2PAR7yB 

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Pharmacy costs are increasing exponentially – some estimate that they will soon represent more than a quarter of all plan spend. Yet this portion of the industry is so opaque that it is nearly impossible to accurately understand what, exactly, is being paid – and where those payments actually go. Our guest on this episode is Kent Thomas, founder of Pharmatrix, a marketing firm focused on creating a fiduciary-like environment where PBMs become fully transparent.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2SIVHtx

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Direct Primary Care (DPC) has been available for some time, but it has been marketed mainly to individuals. Today, a small number of DPC doctors and executives are making substantial strides toward breaking into the employer market. Our guest, Alex Lickerman, MD, Founder and CEO at ImagineMD, thinks the time is right and explains how it all works.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2Rgzlhs 

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On this episode, Megan Chiarello (Grassetto Creative) and your host – two admitted marketing geeks – discuss how to create impactful marketing campaigns and events. Megan offers her advice on the three questions you must answer to create success with your marketing efforts. We explore the differences between selling and marketing, and much more.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2PDTmy7 

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The midterms will undoubtedly create conversations and different directions for what we can expect around healthcare legislation and regulation. In part two of our two-part episode, Jessica outlines some of the thinking on both sides of the aisle, the key players to watch, and much more.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2ITv5Bw 

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Legislative and regulatory changes that affect your practice and your clients continue to happen despite the other noise from the Hill. In part one of this two-part interview with regular contributor Jessica Waltman, we will explore those initiatives and what you need to know to advise your clients appropriately. In part two we discuss . . . politics! Which parties are taking what positions, how they might impact the midterm elections and beyond.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2zWyiNR

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In our visit with, Eric Parmenter (National Leader of Value-based Care at Collective Health) we discuss a little-known metric that research proves correlates positively with growth. The Net Promoter Score has been used in other industries for more than 10 years, but despite its simplicity and effectiveness, it has not been widely applied in our industry.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2Qgftua

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Brian Klepper, Principal at HC Performance Inc. and Worksite Health Advisors, believes that the value being delivered in today’s health care system is a “train wreck” and that many are complicit – and know that they are complicit. He explains why he believes that Fee For Service is the crack cocaine of healthcare. The good news is that Brian sees a new model emerging that focuses on delivering value across the entire health care delivery chain.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2xmUmzA 

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Forbes Magazine called our guest, David Contorno, "One of America’s most innovative benefits leaders." So, what’s he up to and what tools, techniques and strategies is he bringing his clients? We discuss why the "old way" just isn’t working and how this leads employers to a dilemma. We also explore whether the advisor community is moving to a completely different delivery model.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2OgaxoR

 

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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.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2Md71JV

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Mike Dendy is CEO and Founder at Advanced Medical Pricing Solutions (AMPS) and a student of the irrational pricing and misaligned incentives that drive today’s US healthcare system. We begin our conversation by discussing the widely-held myth of the PPO discount. From there we explore the general pricing methodologies and incentives in healthcare.

Once you wrap your head around all of that, the discussion of how often claims are incorrectly priced and what can be done about it will bring us to a conversation around a concept known as “Direct Contracting”. We will also find out why Mike thinks that healthcare is like the OPEC oil cartel.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2NsOTx5 

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