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Articles by Jeremy Smerd

Paying for Healthier Employees, Not Just Health Care

June 19, 2009
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Recent health care contracts show how performance guarantees have evolved in recent years.
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Sweeping Health Care Reform Legislation's Debut Draws Ire of Employers

June 10, 2009
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But underneath the bristling, employers are trying to figure out what a good compromise might look like on key issues including taxing health benefits, employer mandates and a government-run option.
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5 Questions for Ari Kiev Patience in Face of Crisis

May 11, 2009
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For nearly 17 years, Ari Kiev was the in-house psychiatrist for multibillion-dollar hedge fund SAC Capital. While Kiev’s work has focused on hedge fund management, his insights could easily be embraced by executives looking for ways to improve the performance of employees.
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People-Proof Your Health Benefits

May 11, 2009
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Employers are increasingly using principles of behavioral economics to craft health benefits that can save employees from their own bad health-care decisions.
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Researching 'Comparative Effectiveness' of Treatments

April 10, 2009
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The federal government has committed $1.1 billion to compare the effectiveness of different drugs, medical devices and surgeries to treat the same illness.
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Special Report Digitally Driven

April 10, 2009
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Employers' thinking on switching employees' health records from paper to electronic is shifting, perhaps helped by promised billions from the recent stimulus package. Though some companies have gotten a head start, the reality is still ‘years and years of work’ away.
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How Payers of Health Care Are Using Telemedicine

April 9, 2009
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With billions of dollars earmarked for telemedicine in the stimulus package, health care payers are taking a look at how technology is being used to manage health care.
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Running a Hedge Fund Not Unlike Managing People

March 27, 2009
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Ari While Kiev’s work as an in-house psychiatrist has focused on hedge fund management, yet his insights could easily be embraced by executives looking for ways to improve the performance of employees.
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Employers Test Whether Genetic Testing Is Worth the Cost

March 16, 2009
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Pharmacogenomic tests can help prevent costly medication errors, but insurers and others are waiting for more evidence that the tests are cost-effective.
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Learning From Chrysler’s Efforts

February 27, 2009
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A quality-improvement specialist who was once part of the automaker’s team parlays his 24 years in the auto industry into a position helping Kaiser Permanente.
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