Hoboken, NJ (PRWEB) June 25, 2013
Cracking Health Costs: How to Cut Your Company's Health Costs and Provide Employees Better Care (Wiley, $45.00, July 2013; ISBN: 978-1-118-63648-0), a new book by two of America’s most respected health care experts Tom Emerick and Al Lewis, shows small and large business how to fight against rising health care costs and gain more effective treatments for employees. The book proposes multiple, practical steps that executives and small business owners can take to control costs and increase the effectiveness of the health benefit. Key strategies can be put into effect immediately; in many ways, people can “read the book on Monday and save money on Tuesday,” coauthor Al Lewis said.
Published as every business must make major decisions relating to health reform and the Affordable Care Act, the book exposes the boondoggles and counterproductive gimmicks foisted on executives and benefits managers by consultants and other vendors who capitalize on the duplication and inefficiencies of the current American health care economy. Cracking Health Costs shows how wellness initiatives are a wasteful sham, a fact that escaped the architects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which legislates a major role for workplace wellness. “However one views Obamacare as a whole,” noted coauthor Tom Emerick, “enshrining wellness programs as a major financial incentive is a mistake that can and should be fixed in the law.”
For finance, human resources, and all executives concerned with health care spend, the book will show everything benefits consultants didn’t want their clients to know about where their money is really going. For individuals, Emerick and Lewis expose the hazards of overtreatment, hospital errors, and overly aggressive surgical interventions, and provide hard facts and questions to ask providers. The authors do more than expose the shortfalls and charlatans. They show employers, policymakers, and health care experts viable strategies and market principles that they can use to restore common sense and accountability to the frustrating, upside down world of health insurance…mostly by simply undoing the hodgepodge of ill-considered and oversold vendor and consultant programs employers have been convinced to implement for the last ten years.
Readers of this groundbreaking expose and guidebook will find out:
About the Authors:
Tom Emerick is a leading expert in health benefits design, global healthcare challenges, healthcare economics, evidence-based medicine, and process improvement. Currently, he is the President of Emerick Consulting LLC. Tom spent fifteen years at Walmart, designing and managing benefits for over 1.6 million employees. He has held positions with Burger King Corporation, British Petroleum, and American Fidelity Assurance Company.
Al Lewis, President of the Disease Management Purchasing Consortium, is widely credited with inventing disease management. Lewis is also the author of the award-winning Why Nobody Believes the Numbers (Wiley). He provides procurement and outcomes consulting to health plans and human resources/benefits departments, and administers the industry certification program in Critical Outcomes Report Analysis. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harvard, where he also taught economics.