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Giving Consumers An Incentive To Delay Health Care is Shortsighted

March 2, 2016
Houston Chronicle via via Midland Reporter-Telegram, Chris Tomlinson Insurance companies and employers want you to ration your health care. For leverage, they have increased annual out-of-pocket costs by almost 230 percent between 2006 and 2015, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit health care research organization. Offering lower premiums in exchange for consumers paying a higher deductible is the...

Consumers Need Safeguards in High-Deductible Health Plans

March 1, 2016
Houston Chronicle, Chris Tomlinson Insurance companies and employers want you to ration your health care. Read more…

6 Healthcare Predictions for 2016

January 14, 2016
Electronic Health Reporter, Guest Post by Torben Nielsen The past few years have seen record investments in digital health. More than $12 billion have been poured into digital health companies in 2014 and 2015 alone, according to Rock Health, and there’s no indication of any slowing in 2016. Here are my predictions for what’s in store for health care in...

2015 Portland Company of the Year: HealthSparq

December 30, 2015
GoLocalPDX, GoLocalPDX Business Team The best companies accomplish two things: they generate plenty of profit and they provide a necessary and useful service to its customers and the community at large. Portland’s Healthsparq reaches and surpasses both of those goals, helping to earn them the title of GoLocalPDX’s Portland company of the year. Read more…

Transparent Motives: Advocates Expand Their Efforts to Improve Access to Health Care Quality Data

November 13, 2015
Wiley Only Library, Bryn Nelson, PhD Trux Dole is fond of detailing how the health care services company he works for, HealthSparq Inc in Portland, Oregon, is aiming to dramatically improve the transparency of health care information available to insurance plan beneficiaries. However, the health plan spinoff, independent since 2012, is more than just a business venture. During his son...

Skin Cancer Concern Increases 60% in Summer Months, Data Shows

August 27, 2015
HealthSparq confirms summer is the peak season for often-expensive skin treatments

Cambia Subsidiary Study Reveals Widespread ‘Buyer’s Remorse’ Among Health Consumers

August 17, 2015
Portland Business Journal, Elizabeth Hayes A consumer survey commissioned by Portland-based HealthSparq showed widespread sticker shock and buyer’s remorse when it comes to health expenditures. Read more…

Severe Spring Allergies Drive People to Comparison Shop for Tests, Therapies to Save Money

July 1, 2015
HealthSparq data shows allergy shots and tests are among most frequently shopped medical treatments in Spring, nearly double 2014 figures

HealthSparq Named Portland Business Journal’s Third Fastest-Growing Private Company in Oregon and SW Washington

June 18, 2015
The health care startup saw 1,146 percent revenue growth from 2011 to 2014, plans to add 75 new employees in 2015
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