The goal for any SIE group health client is a simultaneous significant reduction in plan costs and improvement in employee satisfaction and engagement.  Employers need to have the data on how the plan is running today as well as a “stress test” to know the range of possible outcomes in the future. We believe that employers and plan sponsors need this level of analysis.

SIE also has a range of important resources for health plans, ASO providers, and TPAs. These resources can be used to reduce the cost of claims but also to potentially improve the plan for covered members, employers, and broker|consultants.


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Many employers with fully insured plans have never considered partial self insurance; for the rest, too many of them have been willing to focus almost exclusively on the fixed costs of administration and stop-loss insurance, as if the variable claims costs cannot be affected. The adage, “The claims are the claims” does not need to be true. These employers might even have taken the advanced step of adding an on-site clinic, but if they stop there they are greatly sub-optimizing their opportunities.

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The term “self-funding” can lead to unnecessary anxiety among those not familiar with the methods to control risk or are generally not familiar with the many advantages (and disadvantages) of such plans. In comparison to a traditional fully insured health plan, where for a fixed monthly premium all or most of the risk is with the health plan, in a self-funded plan, the risk is on the employer or plan sponsor (although most of the risk is laid off to separately purchased catastrophic stop-loss coverage).

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SIE exists for one reason—to promote the need for employers to become engaged and optimize medical cost management. We enable companies to take advantage of the latest in cost-cutting tools, resources, and expertise. Self-funding is not a panacea and it is not right for every firm, but it does allow employers to maximize the value of those latest tools and resources. For health plans that are already self-funded, it will work to optimize the cost saving opportunities of the plans, even while helping to improve employee engagement and satisfaction with the plan.

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SIE is laser-focused on all of the many numbers of self-funding in order to save employers money, but it doesn’t stop there.

Reduce or Eliminate Unnecessary Surgeries


Find Tomorrow's Large Claimants Today


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Customized Stress Test Report

Sometimes catastrophic, expensive claims can occur that are ongoing, year after year. What guarantees does your stop-loss coverage include for later years if no other carrier will take you? Find out how you will fare in this report– it might be eye-opening.

Customized Cost Control Guide

Understanding the cost impact of each component part of a self-funded health plan— and understanding the many options available to potentially reduce the cost of each component—can be the start to controlling overall plan costs.

Deep-Dive Health Plan Analytics

This report outlines how data analytics can help find the needle-in-the-haystack member who is not compliant or is not aware of his or her at-risk status, thus potentially saving money and improving health.

Medical Utilization by Income Strata

There are countless studies about all aspects of health insurance, population health, health studies of all types, but there has not been much consideration given to how income impacts health utilization within the context of employer health plans. This abstract from...

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Insurance Chic

In 1970, iconoclastic author Tom Wolfe famously wrote his essay and later book, Radical Chic. Wolfe attempted to pillory certain who, in his opinion, invited radical individuals to swank Park Avenue soirees to bolster their reputations rather than for social good....

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Self Funding and HSAs

There are two issues that apply to Health Savings Account compatible plans (HDHPs) when they are self-funded by the employer that are very rarely mentioned, usually because the broker|consultant is not even aware of them. Briefly they are outlined below: Fiduciary...

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Obtain a Feasibility Study for Self-Funding Medical Insurance

"I can’t get started."

How to Get Going on Bending the Cost Curve

"Chances are."

The Importance of Managing Risk in Bending the Cost Curve

"Can I get a witness?"

Expert Second Opinions as an Employee Benefit

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"Getting to Know You."

Self-Funded Claims and Privacy Concerns

"Don’t Fence Me In"

Access to Non-Traditional Medical Care

"Call Me"

The Rise of Telemedicine

"I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)"

Medical Mistakes Happen All Too Often

"Let it go."

The Need to Move Beyond Old Stereotyped Beliefs

"Please Please Me"

Concierge Care as a Cost Control Program

"You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want To Do It)"

Is it Time to Consider a New Broker or Consultant?

"We Are Family"

The Necessary Human Side of Insurance

"Still Crazy After All These Years"

Healthcare Costs In America

"Money For Nothing"

Consultants and their Fees

"Simply Irresistible"

It Can Be Difficult to Consider Change

"Out of Control."

The Unreasonable Regional Variability of Healthcare Costs

"Stop Stop Stop"

The Ins and Outs of Stop-Loss Insurance

"Show Me The Money"

Should Fully-Insured Plans Switch To Self Insurance To Save Money?

"I Want A New Drug"

The Need to Tackle High Drug Costs