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  • 01:29

    Economic Justice and Mindful Consumerism.

    in Spirituality

    What role does the average person play in the grand scheme of things and how do our shopping habits contribute to either a just or injust economic and social order?  We are actually more powerful than we think, and our everyday shopping patterns contribute greatly to the state of the world around us.  In this episode I will discuss what I see as being the practice of Mindful Consumerism, and how we can make a conscious effort to change the world around us for the better. http://www.hermetictemple.com

  • 00:30

    Thanksgiving special, consumerism and ethics

    in Education

    A discussion on the relationship between material wealth and happiness.  Including so called "consumerism" "anti materialism".  Focus on the ways in which in irrational perspective on money creates sub par outcomes for people.

    Some questions about our cultures perspective on money

  • 01:25

    Consumerism, Black Friday, & (possible) Ferguson Riots...

    in Politics

    Tonight, join an Observer as we discuss the consumerism of this time of year (Black Friday), and the (possibly) upcoming riots in Ferguson...


    Your calls are welcome, as always.

  • 00:50

    Employee Health, Decision Support Tools & More

    in Business

    Hosts Doug Field and Brent Macy are live in the studio this morning with special guests from Perk Health, WiserTogether and SelectAccount. 


    The first guest is Zach McGill, CEO of Perk Health. One of the most important outcomes of health care consumerism is the incentive for people to live healthier lives. In this interview, Zach will discuss why the ultimate goal of health care should be to keep people from needing to go to hospital and the problems with preventive health today.


    For the second segment, the hosts welcome Vineeta Mooganur, WiserTogether, and David Cantu, SelectAccount, to the program to discuss how employers can fill the void with reliable and powerful consumer tools. In an effort to contain costs, the HDHP adoption rate among employers continues to grow. With these new consumerism-labeled strategies, many employees are faced with higher health care liabilities than they are used to. There is a growing need to understand best treatment options and the cost of care, making it necessary to provide easily accessible decision support tools and resources. To fill this void and help guide consumers along the continuum of care, SelectAccount and WiserTogether are partnering to provide comprehensive information in a convenient location. 


     

  • 00:48

    Connected Health & Health Savings Accounts

    in Business

    On this week's edition of HealthCare Consumerism Radio, hosts Ron Bachman, Doug Field and Andrew Dietz are in the studio for an in-depth discussion of the future of wearable devices, workplace wellness, health savings accounts and much more.


    For the first segment on the program, the hosts welcome special guest Cédric Hutchings, CEO, Withings, to the program to discuss connected health and wearable devices in the workplace. As a leader in the connected health revolution, Withings creates beautifully designed, award-winning products that bring long-term engagement and a measurable health impact to workforces. The Withings ecosystem allows employees to track and improve activity, sleep, weight and heart health. In this interview, Cédric and the hosts discuss what's next from the connected health revolution and the importance of companies adopting a data-driven approach to employee health and wellness.


    For the second segment on the show, the hosts welcome Liz Ryan, EVP and group head of Wells Fargo Health Benefit Services (HBS), back to the program to discuss the importance of an HSA as a long-term asset and safety and security a successful HSA program. In this interview, Liz and the hosts look at HSA industry growth, the keys to successful enrollment, the value of an HSA as a long-term asset, the challenges to containing health care costs and much more.

  • 00:45

    Health Care Payments, Life Insurance and Health Incentives

    in Business

    On this week's edition of HealthCare Consumerism Radio, the hosts welcome two special guests to the program for a discussion on health care payments, health engagement, life insurance, health incentives and more.


    The first guest on the program will be Vineet Gulati, chief executive officer of HealthExpense. Similar to the shift from pension plans to individual retirement accounts years ago, employers are switching from defined benefit to a defined contribution that their employees control. Therefore, the employee-consumer today has to make more health insurance and health care purchasing decisions. This shift has been rapid, and consumers need to learn very quickly how to use vehicles like HSAs, FSAs and HRAs to cope with this expense-shift. In this interview, Vineet and the hosts will discuss what problems this shift is causing across the health care ecosystem and the innovations that are emerging to deal with these changes.


    For the second segment on the show, the hosts will talk with Tal Gilbert, senior vice president of marketing and innovation for The Vitality Group. Tal and the hosts will be discussing an innovative new solution that brings together life insurance and wellness incentives. John Hancock Insurance recently launched a new approach to life insurance in the U.S. that rewards people for healthy living. Developed through an exclusive, first-ever life insurance partnership with The Vitality Group, the new solution integrates life insurance with a comprehensive healthy living program.

  • 00:43

    Private Exchanges and Pet Insurance

    in Business

    On this morning's program, the hosts will be discussing private health insurance exchanges, pet insurance and more with special guests from Accenture and Hartville Pet Insurance Group.


    For the first segment on today's program, Scott Brown, Private Exchange Offering Lead at Accenture, will be joining the program to discuss the firm's latest private exchange research. Accenture estimates enrollment in private health insurance exchanges doubled to six million individuals for the 2015 plan year. The company projects hypergrowth will continue through 2018, as a number of factors inhibiting early growth will dissipate, while several accelerators will spur further adoption. These factors, combined with the employer’s desire to meet consumers’ demand for choice and flexibility in a retail-like shopping experience, will lead to 40 million members on private exchanges by 2018.


    The second guest on this week's program will be JoAnne Novak, AVP Business Development at Hartville Pet Insurance Group, providers of ASPCA Pet Health Insurance.  As one of the oldest and largest pet insurance providers in the U.S., Hartville has committed itself to helping more pet parents have access to reliable and affordable pet insurance plans. According to the American Pet Products Association, roughly 68 percent of U.S. households have a pet, and last year, over $15 billion was spent on veterinary care. In this segment, JoAnne will discuss what’s driving the increasing demand for pet health insurance as a voluntary benefit as well as what makes pet insurance relevant for the workforce in connection with health care consumerism and private exchanges.  

  • 00:50

    Health Management & Health Care Logistics

    in Business

    On this week's edition of HealthCare Consumerism Radio, hosts Ron Bachman and Doug Field are live in the studio for a discussion on trends in population health management and how changes toward a consumer-centric health care model are affecting all stakeholders in the system.


    For the first segment on today's program, the hosts welcome Jack Curtis, founder and chief executive officer of Corporate Health Partners, to the show. A speaker at this June's FORUM & Expo, the chair of the Leadership Committee at HERO and an overall thought leader in health management, Jack discusses some of the latest trends in corporate wellness today. Jack and the hosts also cover the content of this June's FORUM & Expo general session, recent HERO research and how to engage the C-suite in corporate wellness efforts. 


    The second guest on this week's show is Robin Hooker, the director of healthcare marketing for UPS, a global leader in logistics. In this segment, Robin and the hosts discuss how the shift toward patient-centric care is affecting all participants in the health care system. Today, patients are choosing more direct-to-home deliveries; walk-in clinics, such as CVS Minute Clinic and MedPost Urgent Care, are on the rise; the middle class and aging populations in emerging markets are growing. These are impacting the health care supply chain immensely. With health care consumerism on the rise globally, logistics partners are required to innovate now more than ever to ensure a safe end-to-end shipping experience for biologics, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and more. 

  • 01:00

    2015 FORUM & Expo Post-Conference Episode

    in Business

    Following a successful conference in Atlanta this week, hosts Ron Bachman, Doug Field and John Young are live in the studio for the 2015 IHC FORUM & Expo re-cap show. The three hosts will welcome special guests from Renaissance Dental and ConnectYourCare to discuss the highlights of the conference as well as issues around dental insurance, private exchanges, health savings accounts and more.


    The first guest on this week's program is Thomas Dimmer, Vice President of Business Development, Individual Market and Exchanges for Renaissance Dental, a top provider of quality and affordable dental insurance products to organizations and individuals nationwide. Private exchanges are empowering the employer to give employees what they value most when it comes to voluntary benefits. As a result, employees are becoming much more benefit savvy. In this segment, Tom and the hosts discuss the new choice-driven marketplace for dental benefits.


    The second guest on this week's program is Allen Pease, Chief Business Development Officer of ConnectYourCare, one of the largest and the most responsive providers of uniquely featured HSAs, HRAs, FSAs and retiree health benefit account administration. In this segment, Allen recaps his key takeaways from this week's FORUM & Expo in Atlanta and talks about the importance of clear, ongoing education and game-changing innovations in the consumer-directed health space.

  • 01:06

    2015 FORUM & Expo Pre-Conference Episode

    in Business

    On this week's program, the hosts – Doug Field, Ron Bachman and Brent Macy – welcome guests from three key FORUM & Expo sponsors for a special pre-conference episode.


    The first guest is Rachel Sherman, Director of Customer Success at Jiff, an enterprise health benefits platform that enables employers to reduce health care spending by delivering smarter and simpler benefit programs customized for each employee. In this interview, Rachel and the hosts will discuss how technology is improving employee health and the employer’s bottom line.


    The second guest is Jody Dietel, Chief Compliance Officer for WageWorks, a leader in administering consumer-directed benefits.In this interview, Jody and the hosts will provide a year-over-year look at the adoption of the carryover option for health care FSAs and share what employers see as the biggest benefits and barriers to employee participation.


    The third and final guest is Scott Sullivan, Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development at GoHealth, a leading provider of individual health insurance technology and enrollment solutions. In this interview, Scott will talk to us about how advancements in technology are making it easier to buy and utilize health insurance.  

  • 00:48

    Flexible Spending Accounts and Employee Engagement

    in Business

    On this week's program, host Doug Field is back in the studio with special guests from Visa and Benz Communications for discussions on flexible spending accounts, employee engagement and more. 


    The first guest is be Renee Lutzen, Senior Director of Healthcare at Visa. In this interview, Renee and the hosts discuss a new survey from Visa and WageWorks that found 60 percent of employers opted to offer a health care FSA with a carryover option this year -- up from 49 percent just a year ago and more than double from 2013. These employers agree the health care FSA carryover option -- now in its third year -- is also driving employee participation. The survey provides a year-over-year look at the growth of employer selection of health care FSAs, featuring the carryover option, and what employers see as the biggest benefits and barriers to employee participation.


    For the second segment, Jennifer Benz, CEO and Founder, Benz Communications, a boutique benefits communication firm, joins the program to discuss the findings of a recent survey on employee engagement. Benz Communications recently released a joint national survey with Quantum Workplace that gathered responses from more than 2,000 U.S. employees, revealing that too often workers miss out on meaningful cost conversations with medical providers -- talks that could mean the difference in millions for employers in claims costs. In this interview, Jen walks through the survey’s top-line findings and offer strategies to achieve effective employee engagement and create employees who are truly capable and confident health care consumers.

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