It’s the wild west out there in healthcare! News about mergers, acquisitions, partnerships, venture capital, technology, etc. are in the headlines daily.
If you haven’t heard, Baylor Scott & White and Memorial Hermann recently announced a merger. The planned combination of Dallas-based Baylor Scott & White Health with Houston-based Memorial Hermann Health System would form a 68-hospital system, making it the largest in Texas and among the largest nationwide, with annual revenue in excess of $14 billion.
Late September in New Orleans, Employee Benefit Advisor (EBA) and Employee Benefit News (EBN) hosted their Benefits Forum & Expo. Because it’s virtually the last benefit conference of the year, it’s like the exclamation point on the benefits industry for 2018.
I attended and taught at more than 30 conferences this year. This particular one has a broader view than most because the attendance is split between benefits consultants and HR experts from mid-sized to large employers.
What was your first experience at a large industry convention? I just attended my first National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) convention this week and it definitely did not disappoint. From legislative updates and professional development to networking and awards celebrations, it was a full event.
But, the most amazing aspect was seeing our association grapple with the current industry challenges and discuss innovative solutions.
I’m sharing our team’s top seven takeaways from this year’s NAHU convention…
Did you make it to San Diego for the BenefitsPRO Expo? From machine learning to the Broker of the Year Panel, it was a terrific 3 days of connecting with benefits experts from all over the country.
If you were there, maybe your mind is still swirling with ideas. If not, we believe sharing is caring and hope this recap helps to fill you in.
Below is a compiled list of 10 takeaways from our team....
Has Alexa changed your life yet? Vacuum the floor, start the dishwasher, feed the cat, clean the litter box, order more paper towels and lower the thermostat. That’s just a few items from the to-do list I handed over to Artificial Intelligence today – and all without one manual click or key stroke. Whew, no more straining my index finger to push all those buttons.
Health Insurance giant Cigna announced on Thursday that it has agreed to buy Express Scripts, the nation's largest pharmacy benefit manager (PBM). This is yet another blockbuster deal that continues to shake the healthcare landscape.
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We went on a cruise and right as we were finishing our trip, my son got sick. We were 9 hours from home and had planned to just drive home that day.
I called Telehealth, got him a prescription called in to a local pharmacy while we were still in Galveston and got him all taken care of. Total lifesaver!