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New coverage for online provider visits

Health Tradition now covers Mayo Clinic Express Care Online, a fast, affordable care option that’s more convenient. It doesn’t require patients to leave work or home to get care for a minor illness. Access is through Mayo Clinic Patient Online Services Free apps are also available for Google, Apple and Android. Log in, answer the same questions […]

Meeting the Prescription Drug Cost Challenge

Led by Mayo Clinic cancer specialists, a group of prominent physicians sounded an alarm about the high cost of cancer drugs, proposing specific policy recommendations to the federal government. That was a year ago. Mike Eckstein, Health Tradition Health Plan Drug prices are escalating far faster than other medical costs Specialty drugs such as cancer […]

Cost Transparency in Health Care: Examining Cost, Care and Choices

Transparency is becoming important for consumers, whether they’re comparing the cost of knee surgery or examining a provider’s patient safety record. Mike Eckstein, Health Tradition Health Plan More skin in the game Cost transparency is widely regarded as key to moderating health care costs. Greater access to cost information leads to better decisions, supporting a […]

Mayo Clinic ranked #1 hospital nationwide

U.S. News named Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota the best hospital in the nation, and awarded the institution more #1 specialty rankings than any other hospital. The awards were announced online in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-17 Best Hospitals for Procedures & Conditions. Consistently ranked No. 1 Mayo Clinic has more #1 rankings than any other provider […]

Level Funding for Health Insurance: New Choices

Level funding for group health plans combines the savings potential of self-funding with the predictable cash flow of a fully insured plan Mike Eckstein, Health Tradition Health Plan A large-company solution goes mainstream A type of self-funded health benefit solution called level funding has been attracting more attention from small companies. In the large-employer category, […]

New Preventive Screening Benefit

Health Tradition now covers Mayo Clinic-developed Cologuard® colorectal cancer screening A Mayo Clinic team led by gastroenterologist David Ahlquist, M.D. has developed a new test predicted to change the landscape of colorectal cancer (CRC) screening. The test was recently added to insurance coverage provided by Health Tradition Health Plan. What is Cologuard? Cologuard® is a […]

Why Get Your Group Health Plan Through SHOP?

SHOP Advantages for Wisconsin Businesses Mike Eckstein, Health Tradition Health Plan The Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act helps small businesses* and non-profits provide employee health coverage. Enrollment through SHOP has a number of advantages for employers who want to provide competitive benefits. Enrollment is always open You can […]

Your Group Health Plan: Renew or Rethink?

New ratings, new plans and new classifications affect employer groups Mike Eckstein, Health Tradition Health Plan Employers choosing to renew their legacy health plans will still have that option for one more year. But because underwriting regulations have changed, some employers may have reasons to consider moving to a new Affordable Care Act plan for […]

Upcoming Cadillac Tax is Becoming a Hot Topic

By Mike Eckstein, Health Tradition Health Plan Scheduled to go into effect in 2020, a 40 percent health plan tax that’s part of the Affordable Care Act has employers rethinking their benefits now. Called the “Cadillac tax,” it targets employee health plans considered excessively generous. The tax addresses a concept know as “moral hazard,” which […]

Mayo Clinic Again Named Top Children’s Hospital

Health Tradition kids get a higher standard of care… Mayo Clinic care. Mayo Clinic Children’s Center has again been ranked as a top-performing children’s hospital in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015–2016 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings of nearly 200 of the nation’s children’s hospitals. Mayo Clinic has been represented in U.S. News & World Report’s best-hospital rankings […]