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Health Decision Support Tools

The Health Decision Support Tools community showcases the latest news and innovative tools employers offer to their workforce population to educate and aid the employee to make better health care decisions and life choices.



Direct Pay Online Markets: The Next Step in the Retailization of Health Care

While most of us would never frequent a restaurant that didn’t list prices but instead kept patrons guessing until they received a bill a month later, that’s exactly what happens in health care. The true costs of services are tightly held secrets.

The Importance of Smart Shopping for Health Care

Why don’t we shop for health care services the same way we shop for major appliances, furniture or clothing?

The Next Wave: A New Generation of Tech Innovators Leads Shift to Consumerism

A little over a decade ago, consumer-driven health care was in its infancy. Although many of the core concepts had been discussed and promoted for years, mainly in academic journals and offices on Capitol Hill, there were very few resources available that enabled consumerism in health care. The opacity of

What Are the Ingredients in Your Health Care Cost Estimation Tool?

Employers are increasingly hearing about the importance of offering employees tools to help them factor cost into their health care decisions. Such tools are especially relevant as many more employers shift their employees to high deductible health plans or plans with more extensive cost-sharing provisions.

Blog Posts


This Week on HealthCare Consumerism Radio: The Private Exchange Effect

07/22/2014 - Private exchanges are coming, but how will the transition affect the various stakeholders in employee...


Get to Know the Types of Private Exchange Models

07/22/2014 - When it comes to making an important decision, a significant investment or even beginning a...


This Week on HealthCare Consumerism Radio: Health Advocacy, Onsite Clinics and Wellness

07/16/2014 - On this week's program, your hosts Brent Macy and Doug Field will be exploring issues...


This Week on HealthCare Consumerism Radio: Choosing the Right Health Plan, Health Account Administration and Private Exchanges

07/09/2014 - We hope all of our listeners and supporters had a fun and safe July 4...


Press Releases


MBGH Launches Price and Quality Transparency Program to Support Employers in Reducing Medical Costs

Transparency services help employees make informed health care decisions

Connect for Health Colorado® Implements CodeBaby’s Intelligent Virtual Assistant

Connect for Health Colorado creates more user-friendly website with addition of interactive coach to guide customers making health insurance decisions

WiserTogether Gains Momentum Among Employers and Health Plans as Key Health Decision Tool

WiserTogether, the health care treatment comparison software company, achieved several milestones in 2014, including: raising $9M in Series B Funding, adding multiple Fortune 500 companies to its portfolio and significantly increasing the number of lives covered by its solution since last year.

White Papers


White Paper from Monocle Health Data Available for Download

As the IHC Froum West kicked off last week, Monocle Health Data released its white paper examining the health care transparency revolution.

Policy Options to Encourage Patient-Physician Shared Decision Making

Major discrepancies exist between patient preferences and the medical care they receive for many common conditions. Shared decision making (SDM) is a process where a patient and clinician faced with more than one medically acceptable treatment option jointly decide which option is best based on

Permanent Payment Reform is Cornerstone of True Health Reform

The Center for Health Transformation, along with nearly 40 of its members, met to develop tripartisan solutions for payment reform. These solutions will provide better overall health and better care outcomes at lower costs to Americans.

IHC Radio


Healthcare Consumerism Radio Archive - Mar 30, 2012

Podcast: March is Over but the Madness Continues ... Listen


Roundtable Discussion on Supreme Court's Ruling of Health Care Law - The Decision Part II

Podcast 7/13/2012: A Roundtable discussion on Supreme Court's Ruling of Health Care Law - ObamaCare: The Decision Part II ... Listen


HealthCare Consumerism Radio: Get to Know the IHC

Podcast 4/6/12: Get to Know the IHC ... Listen

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