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VIDEO: Haven Healthcare Didn't Fail... It Quit (6:42)

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Haven Healthcare Was the Non-for-Profit Joint Venture by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and Chase That Was Founded 3 Years Ago to Address the High Cost, Low Quality and Poor Patient Experience in Healthcare.

Haven Announced on Jan. 4, 2021 That It is Disbanding.

Haven Healthcare Had a Serious Problem with Conflicts-of-Interest with Berkshire Hathaway's Majority Ownership of the Dialysis Company DaVita.

DaVita Charges Employee Health Plans $4,000 Per Dialysis Session--$12,000 Per Week--Whereas Medicare Only Pays $250 Per Session.

Dialysis Costs are a Huge Problem for Employee Health Plans and Any Strategy by Haven to Reduce Dialysis Costs Would be to the Detriment of DaVita and Berkshire Hathaway.

The Last Thing Healthcare Needs Is Another Corporate Entity Trying to 'Fix Healthcare' with an Underlying Conflict-of-Interest.
VIDEO: Pharmacy to PBM 'Switch Operators' Front Run Employer Health Insurance Plans (5:48)

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A 'Switch Operator' is a Software Clearinghouse Between a Pharmacy and a PBM that Allows the Pharmacy to Check the Patient's Drug Formulary, Copay and other Insurance Information.

McKesson's RelayHealth and Change Healthcare Are the Two Companies That Dominate the Switch Operator Market.

Switch Operators 'Sell' the Right to Automatically Insert Prescription Coupons at the Point-of-Sale at the Pharmacy to Pharmaceutical Manufacturers.

These Automatic Coupons Allow Drug Companies to Get Around the Employer Health Insurance Plan Design Copay, Co-Insurance and Deductible and Lower the Out-of-Pocket Cost for the Patient.

As a Result, Patients are More Likely to Stay on Expensive Brand Name Medications Than Change to Less Expensive Generic Medications Because of the 'Artificially' Low Out-of-Pocket Cost Manipulated by the Drug Company.
VIDEO: Map of HIGH Hospital ICU Occupancy During COVID 2020 (4:16)

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The New York Times Published a US Map of High ICU Occupancy due to COVID-19 on Dec. 16, 2020.  The Data from the US Department of Health and Human Services and is for the Week Ending Dec. 10th.  Analysis of the Map Reveals:
1) Texas Has ICU Availability Challenges: Major Texas Cities of DFW, Houston, Austin, San Antonio and El Paso Appear to Have the Majority of Their ICUs with Greater than 90% Occupancy. 2) Las Vegas with its Open Casinos Has Almost ALL of Its ICU Beds Occupied and Los Angeles Also Appears to Have Greater than 1/2 of Their ICUs with Greater than 90% Occupancy. +MORE
VIDEO:  Surgery Volume is Back and So is COVID... Are There Enough Hospital Beds?? (7:18)

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The Volume of Surgical Procedures Plummeted with COVID in the Spring. By Summer, Surgeries Were Back to 89% of Pre-COVID Levels... Using Hospital Beds and Staff.

Now That the 3rd Wave of COVID is Surging This Late Fall/Early Winter, ICU Occupancy is at 77% Nationally and Anecdotally, COVID Patients are Waiting in the ER 24-48 Hours to Be Admitted. Are Surgery Volumes Still High? 
VIDEO: Consultants Advise on How to Increase Healthcare Costs (3:20)

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Consultants Assist Pharmaceutical Companies and Hospital Systems in Raising the Cost of Healthcare.

The New York Times Reported on Nov. 27, 2020 that Consulting Firm McKinsey Advised Pharmaceutical Company Purdue to Pay Over $14,000 to Pharmacy, PBM and Insurance Carriers for Every Member That Overdosed or Became Addicted to Oxycodone or Oxycontin.

In a Separate Example, a Management Consulting Firm Told a Hospital--that was considering ACOs and Value-Based Payment Models--to 'Milk' Fee-for-Service Payment as Much as They Could for as Long as they Could.
VIDEO:  Medicare Provider Payment Changes for 2021 (4:21)

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Announced on Dec. 1st Changes to Doctor and Healthcare Provider Payment for 2021:
--Radiologists, Chiropractors and Nurse Anesthetists Will Have Their Reimbursement Lowered by 10%
--Pathologists, Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists Will Have Their Reimbursement Lowered by 9%
--Anesthesiologists, Cardiothoracic Surgeons, Interventional Radiologists and Nuclear Medicine Physicians Will Have Their Reimbursement Lowered by 8%
--ER Doctors Will Have Their Reimbursement Lowered by 6%
VIDEO: Amazon Pharmacy vs GoodRx Drug Pricing: Which is Cheaper? (6:35)

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Amazon Has Recently Launched an Online Pharmacy. The Question on People's Minds Is, "Will Amazon Pharmacy Be Revolutionary in Healthcare?"

Arguably, the One of the Most Important Areas in Healthcare is Cost... Medications are Often Very Expensive and Any Innovation to Lower the Cost of Drugs Would Be Amazing.

This Video Compares the Cash Price of Generic and Brand Name Medications on Amazon Pharmacy to GoodRx--the Discount Medication App that Can Be Used at Many Pharmacies.
How to Sell in Healthcare PODCAST

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In Episode 13 of the How to Sell in Healthcare PODCAST You Will Learn How to Read 4 Personality Types in Order to Sell Better. 4 Personality Types / Communication Styles:

1) "Drivers" - Active, Task-Oriented - Motivated by Power and Control, Strength: Progress, Weakness: Low Empathy

2) "Extroverts" - Active, Relationship-Oriented - Motivated by Attention/Praise, Strength: Building Relationships, Weakness: Low Attention to Detail

3) "Structured" - Passive, Task-Oriented - Motivated by Being Correct, Strength: Frequently Right, Weakness: Slow Decision-Makers/Prone to Analysis Paralysis

4) "Peacemakers" - Passive, Relationship-Oriented - Motivated by Being Liked, Strength: Helping Everyone Get Along, Weakness: Don't Speak-up Enough Learn How to Adjust Your Sales Approach with Each of These Personality Types so as to Better Fit Your Solution to Their Need.
BOOK: Healthcare Money Campfire Stories - 16 Lessons in the Business of Healing.

Learn 16 Ways Money Influences Healthcare and the Practice of Medicine That You Have Never Seen Before. 'Healthcare Money Campfire Stories' is based on the true experiences of Dr. Eric Bricker.

Lessons Include:
1)  Hidden Financial Conflict-of-Interests by Some Doctors and Hospitals

2)  Physician Skill - Patient Complexity Mismatch That Leads to Misdiagnosis and Improper Treatment

3)  Insurance Carrier Strategy to Copy Healthcare Innovation and Mold it to Their Benefit

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To Listen to Audiobook of 'Healthcare Money Campfire Stories' on YouTube, CLICK HERE

About

Dr. Eric Bricker is an internal medicine physician who graduated with Honors from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and completed his residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. 

Dr. Bricker is the former Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Compass Professional Health Services. Compass is a Healthcare Navigation service that grew to 1.8 million members across 2,000+ clients including T-Mobile, Southwest Airlines and Chili's/Maggiano's Restaurants. Compass was acquired by Alight Solutions in July 2018. Alight is a 10,000 person employee benefits and HR outsourcing company that separated from Aon in 2017.

Dr. Bricker is also the founder of Texas Family Insurance - an independent insurance agent sells Oscar Health | Disclaimer: AHealthcareZ.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com Thank you for your support!

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