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.



The Three A's Force a Shift in Consumer Engagement

The consumer-directed health care movement demands that consumers take on the three A's – awareness, accountability and active involvement – when it comes to health care decisions and spending. However, to help consumers tackle this immense transition, health plans and employers need to properly engage consumers so they can better

Benefits Engagement – Not Just Education

Benefits strategies remain one of the most important tools for talent acquisition and retention. According to an International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans survey, the vast majority of employers rely on benefits to attract corporate talent and to retain their current internal talent pool (79 and 75 percent respectively). And

Consumer Preferences: Spotlight on Health Insurance Cost, Physician Access and Network Size

As health plans and benefits advisors plan for this fall’s enrollment period, the results of a recent FAIR Health consumer survey shed light on what is most important to plan members when they select health insurance or choose a doctor.

The Rise of Health Care Consumerism – and the Informed Consumer

According to 2015 FAIR Health survey estimates, half of U.S. consumers consider their out-of-pocket medical costs higher than they expected. A third of those surveyed felt that costs were much higher than anticipated.

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


Being a Savvy Health Care Consumer Pays with New PriorityRewards

Members of a Michigan health insurance company are being rewarded for making informed decisions about their care. PriorityRewards, from Priority Health, is an incentive program that rewards people up to $200 for choosing a fair-priced medical procedure through the company’s cost estimating tool.

Industry Acknowledges Consumer Confusion About Health Savings and Reimbursement Accounts

Acclaris survey finds HSAs are not well understood and changes in consumer education are needed

Rally Health Launches Enrollment Tool to Help Employees Understand and Select Health Benefits

Rally Health, Inc. has launched Rally Choice, a new offering to provide consumers with the education and guidance to make health benefits decisions that best fit their personal health needs and take them through the enrollment process when signing up for health benefits offered through

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

Lessons Learned; The American Healthcare Consumer

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