Friday, October 2, 2009

Health Care: Forward thinking to reduce costs

Do you know the multi-cultural dynamics of your employees, or your insured base membership? 

As an industry looking for all ways to reduce health care costs, an innovative forward thinking approach to is to better understand the multi-cultural dynamics of your members. 

Diving deeper into the demographics – categories such as ethnicity, coupled with age, sex, religious affiliation and other characteristics – can guide and aid you in understanding their needs, develop better treatment plans, and implement more effective out reach programs with the ultimate goal of producing better outcomes related to their specific health issues.  

Better outcomes with improved quality of care for each cultural sector combined with understanding a groups specific disease issues, behavioral dynamics, and family relations will provide better methods of treating our population in general, thus reducing overall health care costs. 

The Multi-cultural dynamics of employees and insured base of membership is an untapped source of analysis that can be applied in reducing overall health care costs. 

This is definitely something to think about, ponder and explore. 

Pam Argeris is a thought leader in the Healthcare Industry and possesses extensive, hands-on experience with CMS compliance, and multiple regulatory bodies such as NCQA, JACHO, and DOI. In her role at Merrill Corp., Pam focuses on developing solutions for compliance and quality assurance, delivered in a cost effective manner to improve beneficiary and prospect communications. You can contact Pam at

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