Monday, August 29, 2005

I'm calling it first: iTunes + Pandora = music perfection!

I just discovered Pandora this morning when reading TechCrunch, but I'm already wondering why it took this long to show up. Pandora is an idea so simple, and yet so amazing, it is incredible that it took this long to come out.

To try and explain it would be a disservice to Pandora. What each of you need to do is go over to Pandora and enter in a song or artist you like, than just continue working while Pandora operates in the background. After you realize you've been listening to great music you've never heard before, stop, go here and pay these genius' the reward they are due.

I know it may sound like I'm paid to plug their service, but honestly, not since the iPod has a product changed the way I listen to music so dramatically.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

New Blog

I know that posts have been off lately, and that they have been mainly limited to work related items, but I have good news. I'm happy to anounce a new blog: Insurance Resource. What I want the blog to become is a two-way conversation on trends in the employee benefits industy. I will continue posting peronal items about Tascha and I to this site, so continue to check back or subscribe. With the new blog I'll be able to better focus on personal happenings here, and work related items.

See you over at Insurance Resource

Friday, August 19, 2005

Aetna publishes prices of doctors for members to use.

Aetna has announced that they are going to post doctor's charges for common services in a pilot program in Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana. This is great news, with this tool consumers will be able to better estimate their costs and weigh the benefit before stepping foot in the doctor's office.

I'm not saying that people should shy away from much needed medical care because of rates, but if you have two doctor's with the same competence level consumers should be able to go online and see which one is more price competitive. As an example, Ford and GM both make great trucks, some consumers will choose only on brand (the doctor's reputation and hospital are his brand), while others will weigh price and features. At least now Consumers will have the same power when making health care decisions that they have when buying a truck!

Monday, August 08, 2005

New York Law creates online list of drug prices - Law creates online list of drug prices

Great news on the consumers front! If we could only require insurer's to disclose what they pay for services we'd really be on to something.