Corporate Benefits

Physician Shortages – the hidden casualties of COVID-19

Dec 11, 2020

Every day, we hear in the media about the significant shortages of healthcare workers during this startling increase in COVID-19 cases. Currently retired physicians and other retired healthcare front-line workers are being asked to return to the hospitals they previously worked at to provide additional skilled care. This pandemic is exacerbating a growing problem in healthcare - the increasing number of physicians retiring early because of the stress of their profession. In an article on MedPage Today, COVID-19 Is Making The Physician Shortage Worse, Groups Say, Joyce Frieden notes, “The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) publishes an annual report on the...

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Filed Under: benefit advisors, changes in healthcare, Corporate Benefits, covid-19, hospitals, post-COVID, telehealth

The Quandary of Adherence to Medical Advice

Nov 19, 2020

The well-known phrase, "God helps those who help themselves," is commonly attributed to Benjamin Franklin but dates back to ancient Greece. In healthcare this idiom should be highlighted by every provider. I was recently in a discussion with a chief medical officer of a major healthcare system. One of his comments as we were concluding the meeting was, "If we can keep our congestive heart patients from opening a bag of potato chips when they get discharged from the hospital we will substantially reduce our readmission rate." Our tendency to revert to prior behaviors is probably the most significant barrier...

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Filed Under: benefit advisors, changes in healthcare, Corporate Benefits, covid-19, hospitals, post-COVID, telehealth

Benefit Advisors Dealing with Post-COVID Syndrome

Oct 2, 2020

nsurance advisors have become the go-to consultant for executives and HR departments throughout the benefits industry when it comes to the type of healthcare coverage they should provide for their employees. Normally, advisors can rely upon historical and actuarial tables for the normal range of healthcare in American society. We can all agree that these are extraordinary times and the usual calculations are unreliable. Trusted advisors are navigating for their clients in a world of unknowns as businesses reopen amid a pandemic that has, to a lesser or greater extent, been faced by more than 7 million Americans to date....

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Filed Under: benefit advisors, changes in healthcare, Corporate Benefits, covid-19, hospitals, post-COVID, telehealth

Podcast: Curus Solutions for Companies in a COVID-19 Era – hosted by Mike Embry

Jul 28, 2020

We are releasing a series of podcasts with Industry leaders answering your questions in the age of COVID-19 about Curus, Healthcare, Benefit Solutions for Self-insured, and Human Resource strategies.  Q&A with our CEO, Mark Schlussel, hosted by Mike Embry, a leader in the United Benefits Association, president of National Association of Health Underwriters from 2017-2019, former Managing Director of Comerica Insurance Group, and founder and president of his own firm Comprehensive Benefits, Inc.  Make sure you check you are subscribed to the blog and you can get notifications of future podcasts by following us on Soundcloud: Curus Healthcare.

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Filed Under: concierge healthcare, Corporate Benefits, Curus, Health Management, healthcare quality, patient satisfaction

Podcast: Curus history – hosted by Mike Embry

Jul 27, 2020

We are releasing a series of podcasts with Industry leaders answering your questions in the age of COVID-19 about Curus, Healthcare, Benefit Solutions for Self-insured, and Human Resource strategies.  This 5 minute discussion with our CEO, Mark Schlussel is hosted by Mike Embry, a leader in the United Benefits Association, president of National Association of Health Underwriters from 2017-2019, former Managing Director of Comerica Insurance Group, and founder and president of his own firm Comprehensive Benefits, Inc.  Each week you can look forward to a discussion with Curus and thought leaders such as Doug Roehm of Strategic Services Group, Brent Matthews of TrueNorth Companies, Jeff...

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Filed Under: concierge healthcare, Corporate Benefits, Curus, Health Management, healthcare quality, patient satisfaction