Healthcare Shopping Becomes an Amazon-like Experience: SmartShopper

Healthcare Shopping Becomes an Amazon-Like Experience: Vitals SmartShopper. Seriously!  RIGHT NOW! 

There are times when I really enjoy the fact that we named this blog Straight Talk.  This is one of them.  Stand by to be rocked:

A couple of months ago, my son came to me.  “Hey Dad, I think […]

By |July 11th, 2017|Bertaut's Blog, costs|4 Comments

Straight Talk Podcast, Episode 1

Straight Talk Podcast

Listen to Mike tell it Straight! Our Straight Talk podcast series brings you the latest information and updates on healthcare reform, costs & quality.

Episode 1: Straight Talk Goes Audio

Mike explains why Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana created Straight Talk, and he breaks down the keys to […]

By |June 21st, 2017|Bertaut's Podcast, costs|2 Comments

Drug Company Magic, Part 3

“Did you know that health insurance companies that participate in federal or state programs also have stricter gross margin/profit caps on that business? For example, the Medicaid health plans in Louisiana have to pay state and local taxes, and they pay for all administration on 15 percent of the payments […]

By |June 6th, 2017|Bertaut's Blog, costs, Medicaid, Medicare|0 Comments

Surprise Billing? Balance Billing? What’s It All About?

I’ve always said that I can handle bad news as long as I know it’s coming. I think most people would agree with me on that one. Just don’t ambush me with bad news, and I’ll be ok.

One of the real growing concerns among our customers is a bad news […]

By |May 30th, 2017|Bertaut's Blog, costs|5 Comments

Why Louisiana Isn’t California

Don’t you ever get tired of hearing it? I sure do, the same old song:

“Louisiana ranks 49th in compared to the other 50 states! We need to do something about that!” I really didn’t get what that was about. Until a few weeks ago…

Recently, I spent […]

By |May 23rd, 2017|Bertaut's Blog|4 Comments