HealthSparq Blog

Five Steps to a Successful Incentives and Rewards Program Launch

January 10, 2017

Financial incentives can be an incredibly powerful way to persuade health plan participants to shop around for the highest quality care at the lowest cost. But once you’ve selected and purchased a rewards program, how do you make sure it gets off to a successful start? There are a number of important steps, but here are five key must-dos. Read More…


Happy New Deductible!

January 6, 2017

It’s natural to think “I’ll take care of that mammogram, fix that bum knee or finally have that colonoscopy after the holidays.” For some though, the new deductible that comes with the New Year is not so happy. The number of people in the United States with high deductible health plans (HDHP) has grown steadily over the last few years and doesn’t show any signs of slowing. According to Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly 25% of workers are enrolled in a high deductible health plan, up from just 4 percent in 2006. Read More…


2016: what a year

January 3, 2017

It was an exciting, jam-packed 12 months here at HealthSparq and with the new year officially here, we’re reflecting on what we’ve accomplished with our team, clients and partners, and how we can set our clients and ourselves up for a wonderful 2017. Read More…


Using Incentives to Drive Health Care Shopping Behaviors

December 15, 2016

Incentives are a hot topic in health care and so we commissioned a study to take a look into how incentives can impact health care shopping behavior. Earlier this week, we hosted a webinar with M Health’s John Surie to review the findings. He provided valuable information that could influence how incentives programs are rolled out by health plans, employers and health systems. Read More…


’Tis the Season — for Telehealth

December 6, 2016

The holidays just might be one of the best times of the year to try out telehealth. Thanks to our partner, MDLIVE, we were able to take a look at how our savvy health care shoppers have been using telehealth over the past year. All signs point to the holidays, and the winter more generally, being prime times to take advantage of telehealth. Read More…


Eat, drink and be mindful of holiday health care costs

November 21, 2016

It’s that time of year again, when families and friends across America come together to eat, drink and be merry. Read More…


Why #whatthehealthcare?

November 9, 2016

At HealthSparq, our mission is “helping people make smarter health care choices”.  The key words are people and choices.  People don’t always have choices in health care. They are, more often than not, victims of the system and unaware that they may have a choice.  #whatthehealthcare is for all of us who have had a ridiculous, frustrating, absurd, illogical, funny, or choice-less experience in health care.  Read More…


Happy Halloween from HealthSparq!

October 31, 2016

We know that health care can be gruesome, terrifying and just plain weird. So, in celebration of delightful Halloween horrors, we’ve compiled a few of our most haunting health care searches from our cost estimator tools. These are all searches done by real people…with real interesting issues. Have a Happy Halloween and enjoy! Read More…


How Healthy Is Your State?

October 28, 2016

Does health care shopping behavior indicate how healthy people are? Let’s look at the data to find out. Read More…


Leveraging Qualitative Research to Shape the Member Experience

October 11, 2016

I recently had the pleasure of giving a talk at the World Congress Health Plan Consumer Experience and Retention Summit in Boston. To an audience of experienced marketers, product folks, and health plan executives, I staked out a position on the inherent value of qualitative research… Read More…