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April 2019 Newsletter

Apr 12

edHEALTH April 2019 newsletter

Read the April 2019 edHEALTH newsletter to find out how we're beating the healthcare cost curve, adding members, and expanding nationally. Get to know our Operations Whiz.  You'll also find out how to join edHEALTH, and learn about opioid management, population health, and telehealth programs. Get ready to celebrate at our Annual Meeting, and get your sneakers ready to compete against fellow colleges and universities with our Walking Challenge.


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Population Health Helps Improve Quality and Reduce Costs

Feb 4

Population health programs improve quality and reduce costs

CINDY MCGRATH | February 4, 2019How do we go about improving care for our employees while reducing costs? That’s the conundrum facing most employer healthcare purchasers. According to HCMS Group, edHEALTH’s data warehouse, 5% of our insureds represent over 50% of our claim costs. Our Board made the strategic decision to target these high-cost claimants. We believe it will be a triple win: an opportunity to reduce costs, improve care for our members, and benefit our participating schools.edHEALTH’s premium trends have consistently been lower than the industry. Over the last four years, we’ve averaged premium increases of 2.7% per year. That’s much better than national trends of 4.1% (Kaiser Family Foundation), and even better when employer cost shifting is factored in. We have made very few benefit changes since our inception in 2013. The first step in launching our population health p...


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Collaborating to Cut Costs in Higher Education: Can It Be Done?

Feb 27

Collaboration bends healthcare cost curve in higher education

TRACY HASSETT | February 27, 2017from New England Board of Higher Education JournalWhile collaboration takes time, there is strong evidence that it is necessary for bending the rising healthcare cost trends experienced by higher education institutions. Read this 2/27/17 New England Board of Higher Education Journal article to find out the role collaboration played in addressing healthcare costs.


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Who Knew?

Oct 31

Who Knew?

TRACY HASSETT | October 31, 2016When we started edHEALTH three ago, I never imagined I’d be an employee of edHEALTH, that we’d reach so many of our goals so quickly, that we’d have a website, or that I’d be writing my first blog!If you’re reading this blog, you’re either already a member of edHEALTH, you’re an edHEALTH partner, or you’re interested in learning more about edHEALTH.  No matter what your reason is, you’ve come to the right place. For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Tracy Hassett and I am the president of edHEALTH.  I have been in this role since September 1, 2015.  Prior to this role, I was vice president of Human Resources at Worcester Polytechnic Institute .  While at WPI, I was one of a number people from several institutions who spent more than three years looking at ways to address the ever-increasing rise of healthcare costs for our institutions, our fac...


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