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Articles by Jeremy Smerd

Cutting Costs the Toyota Way

February 27, 2009
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About five years ago, the medical director for Toyota Motor North America began tacking the problem of reducing the company’s health care costs by using the Toyota Production System.
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Engineering Better Care

February 27, 2009
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Automotive engineers are applying their expertise in manufacturing efficiency to health care to deliver services at a lower cost and to improve patient outcomes.
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Is This an Alternative to COBRA

February 17, 2009
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A new health insurance product called continuity insurance allows people to switch their insurance on and off when they find themselves between jobs.
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When Times Get Tough, Even the Tough Go to the Doctor

January 16, 2009
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Why health care costs will spike during a recession, and what employers can do about it.
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Benefits on a Shoestring Budget

December 8, 2008
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Employers can strengthen their relationship with workers during hard economic times even if higher salaries aren’t in the cards.
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What The Biggest Loser Can Teach Employers

November 6, 2008
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The hit TV show can be viewed as a kind of wellness program, offering insight into how support groups, incentives and education can help people lose weight. Winner Bill Germanakos lost 164 pounds in the course of the show’s fourth season.
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IBM IOptimas Award-I Winner for Financial Impact

October 24, 2008
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The tech titan, in an effort to improve workforce efficiency by cataloging employees’ talents, implements a global database and saves $1.4 billion.
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Paying for a Doctors Visit in the Age of Medical Consumerism

October 7, 2008
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Employers hoping to get patients to act like consumers first need to make it easy for them to pay for medical care.
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The Workplace Agenda Presidential Prescriptions

September 13, 2008
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John McCain sees tax breaks in his vision for the future of health care in America. Barack Obama favors a national health plan and insurance exchange to broaden coverage. Either proposal could have negative consequences for employers.
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Paying Doctors More Adds Upto More Savings, Employers Say

August 31, 2008
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A new model has proponents excited that improved primary care will lead to cost savings in the future, but upsetting the status quo has its risks.
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