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Healthcare Shopping Becomes an Amazon-like Experience: SmartShopper

By |July 11th, 2017|

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 […]

Straight Talk Podcast, Episode 1

By |June 21st, 2017|

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 […]

Drug Company Magic, Part 3

By |June 6th, 2017|

“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 […]

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

By |May 30th, 2017|

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 […]

Can I See a Medical Professional on my Computer, Tablet or Phone? You Bet!

By |May 15th, 2017|

Most of us have already been there. Someone very dear to you, a child, parent, brother, sister or spouse gets sick, and then really sick, and you get scared. And of course, it’s 11:30 at night on a Saturday! What to do?

As a first-time parent, I remember clearly being home […]