Category: Media Mentions

Venmo for healthcare. David Williams is quoted

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November 10th, 2021 by

A Utah entrepreneur had an epiphany after receiving a discount for cash payment after the birth of a child. Like many before him, he decided he could fix healthcare by making it more like the rest of the economy. He’s had some success with Nomi Health.

David Williams explains the benefits and limitations of the approach in Utah Business.

Williams believes the government must step in to truly change healthcare. “Self-insured employers can’t fix healthcare—unfortunately, they’re stuck at the mercy of it,” he says.

Williams says Nomi may save employers money and please providers, but there are drawbacks to paying directly. Because Nomi must ink contracts with each local provider and hospital, it will likely mean patients have a “narrow network.” This is good if you’re the preferred provider for an employer’s network—you’ll receive all those patients—but it means patients have fewer choices of providers for their care. That may work in a small community but would be less ideal in a large city, Williams says.

There’s also a chance that Nomi’s model may not encourage responsible behavior of employees, either, Williams says. Because employees aren’t paying a copay or a deductible, there’s a risk that they will overuse the medical system. “They won’t think twice about going to a doctor,” he says.

Fortune Magazine quotes David Williams on vaccine mandates

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September 21st, 2021 by

A Kaiser Family Foundation report revealed the impact of the unvaccinated on the US health care system $5.7 billion. Fortune (Unvaccinated Americans cost the health system $5.7 billion) quotes David Williams on the impact of mandates and why busy hospitals are losing money.

“Because it’s so political, this takes the heat off of employers to mandate vaccines,” said David E. Williams, president of Boston-based Health Business Group, a health care consulting firm. He thinks mandates will make a difference in hospitalizations.“Each incremental percentage in vaccination is valuable to the country as a whole.”

More than half of U.S. hospitals closed the fourth quarter of 2020 with negative margins, and half a dozen filed for bankruptcy. “They had a lot of customers,” Williams said, “but the wrong kind.”

Vaccine mandates by employers. David Williams in Workest

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May 27th, 2021 by

It’s back to the office as the COVID-19 pandemic ebbs. David Williams is quoted in Workfest (Can Small Businesses Require COVID Vaccines in the Workplace?)

Williams thinks that mandating vaccinations will be good for businesses in the long run.

“[Mandates] will demonstrate that [employers care] about the welfare of their staff, reassure employees that it is safe to come to work, and make customers more confident in doing business with the company,” he said.

“It is likely that we will face new pathogens with new vaccines in the coming years, so 2021 presents a good opportunity for employers to look ahead and articulate principles that they will follow.”

How vaccine success and fourth surge are connected. David Williams in the Boston Globe

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March 31st, 2021 by

It’s counterintuitive: a fourth covid-19 wave is evident even as vaccine rollout accelerates. Conventional wisdom blames it on more contagious variants, pandemic fatigue, and states reopening too fast. There’s truth to all of that, but it overlooks the role that vaccination itself plays.

David Williams shared his thinking with the Boston Globe (CDC Director Walesnsky stresses ‘hope,’ not ‘doom,’ after touring Hynes Convention Center. Vaccinations are accelerating even as COVID-19 cases also rise.)

“As spring comes, people in their 20s are relaxing their behavior and going out to restaurants with their friends,” said David Williams, president of Health Business Group, a Boston management consulting firm. “They don’t have to feel as guilty about infecting them if Ma and Grandma have already been vaccinated.”

Now that the old are vaccinated, we need to make sure young adult vaccination is quickly ramped up. There should be plenty of vaccine available shortly to do so.

“This is the time when we’re going from scarcity to surplus,” said Williams of the Health Business Group. “People who are eligible are now getting appointments, even if they have to work a bit, and a lot more people are now eligible. It still feels tight. But in the next two to three weeks, instead of waking up at 1 in the morning to book an appointment, you should be able to do at 2 in the afternoon.”


Boston Globe quotes David Williams about 2nd shot cancellations

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March 3rd, 2021 by

Some urgent care clinics have run out of vaccines and cancelled follow-up shots for certain patients. It’s maddening for affected patients, but not a public health problem assuming those shots are given to someone else instead.

David Williams is quoted in the Boston Globe (CareWell clinics telling patients their second COVID-19 shots are canceled, triggering wider vaccination anxieties)

“It’s not surprising,” said David Williams, president of Health Business Group, a Boston management consulting firm. “When you’ve got millions and millions of doses being administered every week, you’d expect to have some sampling of this. You can’t expect everything to go smoothly.”

Delayed appointments are “certainly an inconvenience for the person who was planning to get a second shot, but it’s not a public health problem,” Williams said.