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What People Need to Know About Surprise Medical Bills (And How to Prevent Them)

Surprise medical bills are an upsetting yet all too familiar reality for many Americans. As surprise bills continue to dominate the headlines, HealthSparq set out to find just how common this issue really is. We partnered with Hanover Research, an independent research and analytics firm, to survey more than 1,000 ...
by Jill Dornan  |  October 11, 2018

How Surprise Medical Bills Are Impacting Health Plans

It should come as no surprise to any health plan that surprise medical bills are a serious issue in the United States. Along with our partner, Hanover Research, we recently commissioned a study that contributes to the increasing body of evidence demonstrating just how widespread the issue really is.
by Anna Greene  |  October 9, 2018

Meet Our Team: Brent, Jami, Megan and Timothy

Get to know a few of the folks who help make HealthSparq a great place to work and who are all committed to making health care easier for people to navigate! Brent Schumacher Title: User Experience Designer When you joined HealthSparq: January 2018 Based in: Portland, Oregon Hometown: Born in ...
by Anna Greene  |  October 3, 2018

Consumers Speak: SDOH, Instability in Health Insurance and Humanizing Providers

Improving people’s health requires looking at more than just their medical history, how they eat and the exercise they get. Where people live, their income levels, education, race, environmental factors, access to health services and employment status are all factors in health and effectiveness of care. In fact, nearly 90 ...
by Heather Burton  |  September 20, 2018

Deductibles, Donuts and Health Care Data

Oregon is beautiful in August, making it the perfect place and time to hold our first-ever Product Summit for our health plan clients from around the country. This idea-focused, hands-on gathering was all about collaboration, problem-solving and helping to plan for the HealthSparq solutions of the future. And, in true ...
by Matt Parker  |  September 12, 2018

A Day Well Spent: HealthSparq Team Volunteers to Help Homeless Youth

Volunteering is one of the most rewarding things we can do in life. Recently, our Dallas HealthSparq team had the opportunity to volunteer at a remarkable organization called Vogel Alcove.
by Eddie Thomaz  |  August 1, 2018

3 Tips for Helping Your Members Navigate Complex Benefits Designs

Health care is messy and, for most people, it’s difficult to understand. As health benefits information becomes increasingly complex, educating health plan members and helping them successfully navigate through their benefits is critical. Working with a variety of large and small health plans across the country, I’ve observed several ways ...
by Daryl Galant  |  July 11, 2018

Top Five Themes from This Year’s AHIP Institute

Attending the AHIP annual conference is always a good opportunity to foster relationships with our current clients and to hear from thought leaders about where the industry is today and where it’s headed going forward. While overall attendance appeared down at this year’s event in San Diego, I thought the ...
by Jeremy Kean  |  June 27, 2018

Caring or Creepy: Finding the Sweet Spot for Health Care Personalization

We recently performed a study of more than 500 people which revealed that there is fine line between what people consider caring…and what they’d deem totally creepy in the world of health care marketing.
by Heather Burton  |  June 18, 2018