Drawing Up Your New Benefits Blueprint

Robert Gearhart Jr. returns in his third year as a contributor for The Business Journal in his new series, The New Benefits Blueprint.

As existing entities in the health-care market consolidate – as when CVS acquired Aetna – and new players enter the field, like the joint venture between Amazon.com Inc., Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co., new markets are coming available to employers, Gearhart said. Throughout 2019, Gearhart will share case studies and actionable strategies that his clients at DCW Group use to turn their employee benefits programs into “their greatest competitive advantage,” he said.

“Five of our clients are offering the benefit plans today that companies like the Amazon joint venture aim to offer tomorrow,” he said. “We’re going to continue to share with you case studies of employers who are maximizing the markets in their current state, and those who are creating a new market with the way employee benefits should be in the United States.”

Watch the video for more information and to download DCW’s e-book “Controlling Cost by Managing the Health-Care Supply Chain.”

Bob Gearhart Jr. was named Rising Star in Advising by Employee Benefit Advisers magazine, a finalist for Broker of the Year by BenefitsPRO magazine, and has been awarded multiple awards by the Association for Insurance Leadership. He is a nationally recognized speaker on health care and employee benefits frequently appearing on radio, television, and in print to provide expert knowledge concerning the ever-changing landscape surrounding health care in America.

Gearhart also co-authored the Amazon best selling book “Breaking Through the Status Quo: How Companies Are Changing the Benefits Game to Help Their Employees and Boost Their Bottom Line.” In the book, Gearhart explains the power of data analytics to inform and guide decisions that can lower health-care costs in group health plans.

In his current role at DCW Group, he and his team relentlessly focus on delivering measurable, repeatable, and predictable reductions in health-care costs for their employer clients while simultaneously improving the benefits for their employees.

DCW Group is an employee benefits and business consulting firm with a goal of making its clients more profitable and productive at their core business, by improving the way they procure health care.

DCW accomplishes this by implementing strategies that create measurable, repeatable and predictable reductions in health-care costs for their employer clients while simultaneously improving the benefits for their employees. Understanding the business models of stakeholders within the health-care supply chain and employee benefits allows DCW Group to eliminate waste, provide transparency and return stakeholder profits to their clients.

Have employee benefits questions? Email Bob Gearhart Jr. at BobJr@dcwgrp.com.

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