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A former podcast from Lockton’s ERISA Compliance Consulting team 

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Sep 16, 2019

Jay Kirschbaum, best-selling author of ERISA in the Raw (not a real book), joins Ed and Scott to educate them on the many kinds and complexities of direct contracting. From hospital contracting to utilizing centers of excellence and even onsite clinics, each type of direct contracting has its own benefits and drawbacks.

  • How do the different types of direct contracting benefit the plan sponsor?
  • What control does direct contracting give the plan sponsor versus the third-party provider?
  • Does direct contracting really save any money? (Or in Ed’s mom’s case, chickens?)
  • How does direct contracting differ from reference-based pricing?
  • What are the implications of direct contracting on ERISA fiduciary requirements?
  • How can an employer determine if direct contracting is right for them?