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2018 Year in Review

 
We covered a lot of ground on the CoreSource blog in 2018. This year we looked at a wide range of topics, heard from new authors and points of view, and shared a veritable cornucopia of digital engagement tools.
 
In our mission to continue the conversation on health benefits, we brought you 24 posts in 2018, covering a wide range of trending industry news, best practices, and products.
 
Our top-performing stories this year focused on topics from across the world of benefits, including:

Reference-based pricing, a possible antidote to rising healthcare prices

Reference-based pricing helps brokers pass on the best possible deal to employers so that they can pass on the savings to their members. The model also helps to lower costs for employers with self-funded plans, and may lead to lower out-of-pocket costs for members covered by High Deductible Health Plans.

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Starting a conversation with members about healthcare accountability

“But accountability is a two-way street. Employees are also rightfully asking for more accountability from their employer and to be more directly engaged in managing their healthcare. By fostering the dialog between employers and employees, brokers will play a critical part in empowering healthcare consumers.”
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Engaging members with our healthcare tools

Tools won’t do your employees much good if they don’t open the toolbox and start using them. Getting employees to engage with their healthcare tools is key, and we have three strategies to help empower them.


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We also talked about ways clients can better protect themselves against losses from absenteeism and presenteeism, how captive insurance works, the value of products such as PayActiv, and we explored ways we can better serve client needs by helping members.
 
And, of course, we shared enough videos to fill a benefits-only film festival. We provided member information resources on network coverage, reference-based pricing, health savings accounts, and EOBs, in addition to client engagement tools on self-funding, healthcare management, and more.
 

Thank you so much for stopping by the CoreSource blog, and sharing your time with us this past year. We hope this has been a valuable resource for you, and look forward to bringing you more news, analysis, and other tools in 2019. Let us know what you’d like to see on the blog in the future. Drop us a line via our website, or on LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook with any requests, tips, or if you’re interested in writing your own post for the blog.

Posted on December 28, 2018

Reference-Based Pricing: a Welcome Disruption

Rising healthcare costs are a complicated issue, and just as there is no single cause, there is also no single “silver bullet” solution. However, reference-based pricing solutions can help reduce the burden on members and employers.

Posted on December 27, 2018

Video: Get to Know Your HSA

Members can sometimes face daunting out-of-pocket costs for healthcare, but CoreSource offers options to help alleviate the financial burden they face today. For members with a Qualified High Deductible Health Plan (QHDHP), a Health Savings Account (HSA) can provide a way to save pre-tax dollars to pay for qualified out-of-pocket expenses while also offering members a way to save for their future. CoreSource explains the benefits of an HSA in our latest member education video.

Posted on September 14, 2018

How CoreSource Helps Members Make Better Decisions

The benefits professionals at CoreSource work to minimize the complications and pain points of healthcare for our clients and their members whenever possible. We understand that members face a healthcare system which is more and more complex and expensive, and how important it is for them to make informed financial choices.

Posted on September 13, 2018

4 Ways to Keep Members in Mind

As a broker, it is imperative for you to form a positive connection with your clients, to bring value to them through that relationship as counselors and partners in their success. But keeping members and their needs in mind is also an important part of that relationship.

Posted on June 05, 2018

Video: Understanding Your EOB

Navigating healthcare and other benefits can be confusing for members, which is why we create digital educational tools, like videos, to help explain the terminology and products associated with benefits. Our member education video “Knowing Your EOB” is one more tool CoreSource has made to make it easier for brokers and employers to get valuable, useful information to members.

Posted on May 25, 2018

Video: Knowing Your Network

For members who have health benefits based on a provider network, knowing which doctors, hospitals, and clinics are in-network can help members keep their out-of-pocket costs down. It’s important for members to know where to go, particularly in emergency situations, before the need arrives. To help reinforce that message, we’ve created a short video explaining to members why it’s important to learn about their network, and their health benefits, in advance. Watch it, download it, share it with your clients.

Posted on May 17, 2018

How to Talk about Healthcare Accountability

We’ve been seeing a shift of healthcare accountability from employer to employees, marked by the rise of High Deductible Health Benefit Plans and Health Savings Accounts, and I don’t see it shifting back. But accountability is a two-way street. Employees are also rightfully asking for more accountability from their employer and to be more directly engaged in managing their healthcare. By fostering the dialog between employers and employees, brokers will play a critical part in empowering healthcare consumers.

Posted on March 21, 2018 in Consumer Engagement Cost & Risk Management