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Mark Fisher (R), Candidate for Governor of Massachusetts, Discusses Healthcare Policy with David E. Williams

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September 28th, 2017 by

Interview on Health Business Blog with Tea Party candidate is second in a series of nine podcasts with candidates for Governor of Massachusetts conducted by healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of the Health Business Group

PRLog (Press Release) – Feb. 27, 2014 – BOSTON — Massachusetts residents heading to the polls this November to cast their vote for the state’s next Governor can visit the Health Business Blog athttp://healthbusinessblog.com/2014/02/27/mark-fisher-candidate-for-governor-of-massachusetts-speaks-with-the-health-business-blog/ to listen to and read David E. Williams’ one-on-one interview with Republican gubernatorial candidate and Tea Party member, Mark Fisher.

Williams’ interview with Fisher, which is the second in a series that will feature each of Massachusetts’ nine gubernatorial candidates, covered a variety of important healthcare topics including: healthcare reform, cost containment, price disparities, health information technology, children’s health, Hepatitis C, and more. Some of Fisher’s remarks are excerpted below.

On the Massachusetts healthcare cost containment law:

— ““It is the wrong approach. It’s a huge, costly government intrusion.”

— “I don’t look to the government for reducing the cost of anything.”

On govenment support for the adoption of electronic medical records:

–“The benefit of such technology should be plain for all to see. If it isn’t plain for all to see, there’s no way that the government is going to make it clearer. The government is just going to make it worse, they’re going to claim that they’ve made it better and then they’re going to send us the bill for their services.”

On his experience as a small business owner:

— “As a small business owner, I’ve been a victim of big business insurers. What I learned is that they are more concerned about making big profits than they are in providing care for the patients that are paying the premiums.”

Williams said, “I initiated this interview series to provide Massachusetts voters with an opportunity to hear Mr. Fisher and the other candidates provide detailed views on healthcare issues, which are so central to this state.”

A complete, no-cost podcast of the interview is available for immediate download from Williams’ award-winning Health Business Blog at http://healthbusinessblog.com/2014/02/27/mark-fisher-cand…. A transcript is also available.

Interviews with Massachusetts’ eight other gubernatorial candidates will be uploaded to the blog over the next three weeks.

For more information or media inquiries, contact David E. Williams via the Health Business Group (http://www.healthbusinessgroup.com/contact) or via Twitter (@HealthBizBlog).

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About the Health Business Blog:

The Health Business Blog is an award-winning weblog written by David E. Williams, president of the Health Business Group, a healthcare business strategy consulting firm. The blog has published more than 3,500 posts and 100 podcast interviews since 2005. http://www.healthbusinessblog.com and @HealthBizBlog

About the Health Business Group:

Health Business Group is a leading strategy consulting firm advising companies, non-profits and investors in healthcare services, health information technology, and pharmaceutical services. Client service professionals average more than 15 years of healthcare consulting, industry and start-up experience. For more information visit http://www.healthbusinessgroup.com

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Charlie Baker (R), Candidate for Governor of Massachusetts, Discusses Healthcare Policy with David E. Williams

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September 28th, 2017 by

Interview on Health Business Blog with former Harvard Pilgrim CEO is first in a series of nine podcasts with candidates for Governor of Massachusetts conducted by healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of the Health Business Group

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRLog (Press Release) – Feb. 25, 2014 – BOSTON — Massachusetts residents heading to the polls this November to cast their vote for the state’s next Governor can now visit the Health Business Blog at https://healthbusinessblog.com/2014/02/25/charlie-baker-candidate-for-governor-of-massachusetts-speaks-with-the-health-business-blog/ to listen to and read David E. Williams’ one-on-one interview with Republican gubernatorial candidate and former CEO of Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare, Charlie Baker.

Williams’ interview with Baker, which is the first in a series that will feature each of Massachusetts’ nine gubernatorial candidates, covered a variety of important healthcare topics including: healthcare reform, cost containment, price disparities, health information technology, children’s health, Hepatitis C, and more. Some of Baker’s remarks are excerpted below.

On price disparities among hospital systems:

— “Providers that do a good job at a reasonable price should be rewarded and given the public recognition they deserve for coming up with smarter, better, and more effective ways to provide care.”

–“The state has the ability to make the system more transparent right now, based on all the legislation that’s been passed over the course of the past decade. The state should be a lot more aggressive about making that information publicly available. The public, frankly, has the right to know.”

On the potential to consolidate state agencies:

–“When we have a problem, we create a new agency. This approach has the effect of fragmenting a lot of the decision-making, a lot of the data collection, and a lot of the regulatory activity across multiple agencies.”

On the federal Affordable Care Act:

–“Massachusetts has done a good job of covering both its adults and its kids, but I worry about the impact these federal reform laws are going to have on the ability to continue the things that have worked here.”

Williams said, “I initiated this interview series to provide Massachusetts voters with an opportunity to hear Mr. Baker and the other candidates provide detailed views on healthcare issues, which are so central to this state.”

A complete, no-cost podcast of the interview is available for immediate download from Williams’ award-winning Health Business Blog at http://www.healthbusinessblog.com/2014/02/25/charlie-bake…. A transcript is also available.

Interviews with Massachusetts eight other gubernatorial candidates will be uploaded to the blog over the next three weeks.

For more information or media inquiries, contact David E. Williams via the Health Business Group (http://www.healthbusinessgroup.com/contact) or via Twitter (@HealthBizBlog).

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About the Health Business Blog:

The Health Business Blog is an award-winning weblog written by David E. Williams, president of the Health Business Group, a healthcare business strategy consulting firm. The blog has published more than 3500 posts and 100 podcast interviews since 2005. http://www.healthbusinessblog.com and @HealthBizBlog

About the Health Business Group:

Health Business Group is a leading strategy consulting firm advising companies, non-profits and investors in healthcare services, health information technology, and pharmaceutical services. Client service professionals average more than 15 years of healthcare consulting, industry and start-up experience. For more information visit http://www.healthbusinessgroup.com

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Harvard Pilgrim CEO Eric Schultz Discusses Transparency with Health Business Group’s David Williams

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September 28th, 2017 by

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRLog (Press Release) – May 21, 2013 – BROOKLINE, Mass. — Eric H. Schultz, President & Chief Executive Officer of Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare, Inc. recently spoke with the Health Business Blog about price and quality transparency. Audio and text versions of the interview, conducted by Health Business Group President David E. Williams, can be found at http://www.healthbusinessblog.com/2013/05/harvard-pilgrim-ceo-eric-schultz-discusses-consumer-engagement-and-transparency-transcript/

The interview is one of a series of high-profile podcasts conducted by Williams on the Health Business Blog. Recent guests have included C-level executives from Kaiser Permanente, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, AthenaHealth, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, ikaSystems, and Healthbox.

Williams draws on his two decades of experience as a healthcare business consultant and board member to probe deeply into business and policy topics with senior executives. He has conducted more than 100 podcasts on the Health Business Blog over the past five years, in addition to his daily commentaries on healthcare business and policy. The blog has more than 18,000 RSS readers and its Twitter feed @HealthBizBlog is followed by close to 7,000 people.

Harvard Pilgrim, which has been named the best health plan in the United States for nine years in a row, is rolling out a variety of consumer transparency tools including Now iKnow(SM), a cost and quality calculator powered by Castlight Health and SaveOn, which rewards members financially for choosing lower cost providers for elective, outpatient procedures.

In the interview, Schultz describes what consumer engagement means to Harvard Pilgrim, lays out his preferred roles for government and the market, introduces the concept of “aided transparency” to ease consumers into greater engagement, laments the lack of transparency tools available to referring physicians, and discusses why Harvard Pilgrim decided to become Castlight’s first health plan customer.

“Podcast interviews on the Health Business Blog provide an opportunity for healthcare leaders to share their thoughts in much greater depth than the typical soundbites favored by traditional media,” said Williams.

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About the Health Business Blog:

The Health Business Blog is an award-winning daily weblog written by David E. Williams, President of the Health Business Group, a strategy consulting firm. The Health Business Blog has been published every business day since 2005 at http://www.healthbusinessblog.com

About the Health Business Group:

Health Business Group is a leading strategy consulting boutique advising companies, non-profits and investors in healthcare services, health information technology, and pharmaceutical services. Client service professionals average more than 15 years of healthcare consulting, industry and start-up experience. For more information visit http://www.healthbusinessgroup.com

About Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare:

Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare is a not-for-profit health plan that provides a variety of insurance plan options and self-funding arrangements to more than one million members in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. For more information visit https://www.harvardpilgrim.org/
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Health Business Blog Celebrates Eighth Birthday

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Award-winning weblog by Health Business Group President David E. Williams covers healthcare business and policy every business day. Will cover #HIMSS13 conference this week

March 3, 2013 — The Health Business Blog, the first weblog devoted exclusively to healthcare business and policy, has turned eight years old. The blog is celebrating the event with a special birthday edition, highlighting a popular post from each of the past 12 months. This week, the blog will cover the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) conference in New Orleans, LA.

“I launched the Health Business Blog in 2005 to provide commentary on the business of healthcare and engage readers in policy discussions,” said David E. Williams, author of the blog and President of the Health Business Group (http://www.healthbusinessgroup.com), a healthcare strategy consulting firm. “Over time it’s become a central part of how we communicate and network with clients, industry experts, and the public.”

The Health Business Blog (http://www.healthbusinessblog.com) provides an incisive take on healthcare business and policy news from the viewpoint of an experienced healthcare business consultant. Williams has written more than 3000 posts and has conducted over 100 podcast interviews with healthcare CEOs, policymakers and researchers. The podcasts are posted on the blog in audio form and then transcribed.

The blog has more than 17,000 RSS subscribers and its Twitter feed @HealthBizBlog (http://www.twitter.com/HealthBizBlog) has attracted over 6500 followers.

“As a healthcare executive, I rely on the Health Business Blog as my primary source of information in the rapidly evolving healthcare landscape,” said iCardiac Technologies (http://www.icardiac.com) Chairman and CEO Mikael Totterman. “David’s commentary is concise and insightful, and he is not afraid to tackle complex issues impacting business strategy.  This level of thoughtful expert advice is a rarity in a world over-run with sound bites.”

Lora Kratchounova, Principal at Scratch Marketing + Media (http://www.scratchmm.com) added, “The Health Business Blog is among the first resources we consult for our healthcare clients. When it comes to understanding bigger healthcare and pharma trends, David is one of the most knowledgeable experts. His posts and podcasts on industry developments, new technologies and companies provide the much needed insights to stay up to date with this very dynamic industry.”

“David Williams is one of the most insightful people I know on health policy, business and strategy,” said Peter J. Neumann, Sc.D., Director of the Center for the Evaluation of Value and Risk in Health at Tufts Medical School. “I read the Health Business Blog to keep abreast of the field.”

In addition to his blogging and healthcare consulting roles, Williams is a board member of several for-profit and not-for-profit healthcare organizations. He has also served as chairman of objective review panels for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT under the ARRA/HITECH Act.

Earlier in his career Williams worked for several years in the healthcare practice of the Boston Consulting Group and LEK Consulting. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School with first year honors, and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wesleyan University, where he majored in economics.

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About the Health Business Blog:
The Health Business Blog is an award-winning daily weblog written by David E. Williams, President of the Health Business Group, a strategy consulting firm. The Health Business Blog has been published every business day since 2005.

About the Health Business Group:
Health Business Group is a leading strategy consulting boutique advising companies, non-profits and investors in healthcare services, health information technology, and pharmaceutical services. Our client service professionals average more than 15 years of healthcare consulting, industry and start-up experience.

Health Business Blog Turns Eight 3-3-13
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