Author Archives: Bob Simison

Behind the Surge in Healthcare Cost: Healthcare Waste, by the Numbers

Behind the Surge in Healthcare Cost: Healthcare Waste, by the Numbers

  There’s an elephant in the healthcare cost room that nobody wants to talk about. It’s healthcare waste, and it adds up to almost $1 trillion. Researchers including the government’s own Institute of Medicine have found that 30% of the nation’s $3.2 trillion in annual healthcare spending is wasted.  According to research conducted by HCMS… Continue Reading

How Employers Can Better Manage the Recovery-Time Dimension of Healthcare

How Employers Can Better Manage the Recovery-Time Dimension of Healthcare

A hidden dimension to healthcare costs lies in a workplace perk that most people take for granted: Paid time off to recover from an illness or injury. And most employers can improve their approach and improve health while reducing lost time by focusing on the right people, based on research by HCMS Group. Work time… Continue Reading

A Game-Changing Predictive Health Risk Index

A Game-Changing Predictive Health Risk Index

We’re all defined by numbers. Social Security number, age, height, weight, bank account, credit score. Each of them tells something about you now or in the past, but none of them can predict your future. There’s a new kind of number that is designed to predict something – your future health. It’s HCMS Group’s Human… Continue Reading

Press Release: HCMS Group Becomes First Commercial Tenant of New Green House Data Center in Cheyenne

Press Release: HCMS Group Becomes First Commercial Tenant of New Green House Data Center in Cheyenne

-For Immediate Release- HCMS Group moves to energy-efficient Green House Data and gains capacity, reliability, and security while exceeding HIPAA requirements. Cheyenne, WY — HCMS Group recently became the first commercial tenant of Green House Data’s new Cheyenne data center, gaining expansion capacity, greater reliability, and improved security, the two companies jointly announced. HCMS moved its servers,… Continue Reading

Foster-Teen Pregnancies Are 5 Times the Rate for Other Girls

Foster-Teen Pregnancies Are 5 Times the Rate for Other Girls

Teen pregnancy rates among foster children may be higher than previously thought. More than one in five teenage girls in foster care had a pregnancy in a study of Wyoming children ages 14-18, according to HCMS Group. The girls’ pregnancy rate was almost five times the rate for teenagers covered by the Wyoming health plan… Continue Reading

Health Insurance Exchanges Increase Risk of Workers’ Compensation Claims

Health Insurance Exchanges Increase Risk of Workers’ Compensation Claims

Using private health insurance exchanges to hold down corporate health benefits spending results in higher use of workers’ compensation, researchers at HCMS Group found. An analysis of private-employer data in the HCMS Research Reference Database showed that workers who selected health insurance plans with lower monthly premiums and higher deductibles filed more claims for workers’… Continue Reading

Dr. Gardner Named Distinguished Alumnus by University of Wyoming

Dr. Hank Gardner, the CEO and principal owner of HCMS Group, was recently named a distinguished alumnus by the University of Wyoming, 55 years after he moved on to medical school. He is one of three alumni who will be so recognized during Homecoming festivities in Laramie. After growing up in rural Western Wyoming, Gardner… Continue Reading

Dr. Gardner Unveils HUI Risk Index at Stanford MedX Conference

STANFORD, California – Dr. Hank Gardner unveiled HCMS Group’s Human Capital Risk Index® (HUI) for the first time before an academic healthcare conference Sept. 6 at Stanford University. Gardner outlined the unique features of the HUI metric (patent pending) before more than 100 people attending the Stanford School of Medicine’s Medicine X (MedX) conference, billed as… Continue Reading

In Search of the Best Hospitals

New HCMS research provides an answer to one of the most vexing questions involving healthcare cost and quality: How do you evaluate provider performance? Benefit providers and employers have increasingly embraced the idea of steering patients to “centers of excellence,” or providers that deliver the highest quality of care at the best prices.  However, providers… Continue Reading

Which Comes First — Better Health or Better Job Performance?

There’s a strong link between better health and better job performance, according to a study by HCMS Group. People who rated in the top 20% on year-end performance reviews also had the lowest medical costs and the lowest health risk scores, HCMS researchers found. The analysis covered several thousand professional workers in the HCMS database… Continue Reading