Healthcare Reform 2.0: Five things you need to know to grow your business in 2013

How much do you know about healthcare reform — and I don’t mean just the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”). I mean the coming tsunami of change that has the potential to completely revamp one of the most dysfunction systems in our country (as you know from reading my blog).

Do you know. . .

Why we need healthcare reform? What healthcare reform means for your employees and employer? How healthcare reform will change your interactions with the healthcare system? How healthcare reform may make it safer for you to get sick? Why healthcare reform will save you money?

If you can’t tell me the answers to these questions, then you need to block off 1-2 p.m. (eastern) February 5 for my webinar: Healthcare Reform 2.0: Five things you need to know to grow your business in 2013. You can also view it on demand.

And, as a “thank you” for reading this blog, I’ll give you half off the registration fee. Just use code GS12713 when you register.


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Why You Should Ration Your Healthcare

Questions and Answers signpost A few months ago my 72-year-old mother told me she was having a CT scan because she had a lot of back pain. Her doctor thought it was a bulging disc. Given her age, it was most likely related to degenerative disc disease, i.e., old age. He had already prescribed physical therapy and some anti-inflammatories.

So why, I asked her, are you having a CT scan? How would your doctor’s treatment plan change based on what the CT shows? Are you going to have surgery? Take stronger drugs?

She couldn’t answer. She couldn’t answer because she never asked the questions. Just as she never asks her doctors why they prescribe one medication over another, or why they recommend knee arthroscopy for her aching joint (which studies find no more effective than conservative medical treatment) instead of knee replacement (which studies find extremely effective both from a medical and a cost perspective because it keeps keep older people active, reducing the risk of additional medical problems and improving their quality of life).

Now, this is not to pick on my mother … Continue Reading

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