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The Ignition Group Will Exhibit and Present at the NADP Converge 2017 Conference in Atlanta

Posted by Susan Donegan on Wed, Aug 30, 2017 @ 10:17 AM

MIAMI, August 30, 2017 – The Ignition Group will be participating in the National Association of Dental Plans CONVERGE 2017 conference in Atlanta, GA Sept. 25- 28th.

On Tuesday, 9/26, The Ignition Group team will demonstrate NetMinder’s features to show users how to expand and support their existing accessibility reporting to make their network stand out for small and medium-sized opportunities. The demo, Complement Your Accessibility Reporting with NetMinder, will focus on evaluating network access for multiple networks and comparing and contrasting choice and access.

Aaron Groffman, president of the healthcare consulting company, will be a featured speaker at the event on Wednesday, 9/27. Aaron’s breakout session, "Are there any dentists left to recruit?", will explore the high overlap between dental PPO networks, and the immediate growth offered by leased networks. NADP attendees will learn about the degree of dental network overlap and the impact it has on the competitiveness of their own networks. As part of the presentation, Aaron will look at how much growth potential exists for leased networks, and how to identify and prioritize prospective network dentists.

Aaron founded The Ignition Group in 2004. He is an industry veteran, educated at Wharton and the University of Miami, who ran marketing and competitive intelligence functions and built networks for divisions of Cigna and UnitedHealthGroup.

The Ignition Group team is looking forward to interacting with over 400 expected attendees at this year’s NADP Converge, the premier professional development event for the dental benefits industry.

About The Ignition Group

The Ignition Group, the healthcare consulting company that powers NetMinder, has been analyzing and interpreting competitive provider data since 2004. NetMinder provides more than 100,000 reports to more than 3,000 users every year. NetMinder delivers industry-leading network comparison data to make brokers and insurance sales teams more effective and recruiters more efficient. The Ignition Group’s executive team has decades of experience in the health insurance industry and regularly analyzes data to identify industry issues and trends, sharing their findings in blog posts, whitepapers, and webinars.

Tags: dental PPO networks, dental network, NADP, NADP Converge 2017, network overlap, network accessibility reporting, leased networks

NetMinder Update Shows Large Increase in Doctors and More Modest Increase in Dentists While ECP Counts Contracted

Posted by Susan Donegan on Thu, May 25, 2017 @ 02:30 PM

MIAMI, May 25, 2017 –  NetMinder, the leading provider network comparison tool, powered by The Ignition Group, has completed its first 2017 update of dental, vision, medical, and behavioral health provider networks. More providers are participating in networks than in the previous update: the number of doctors increased 18%, the number of dentists increased 6.7%, and we saw an increase of 6.8% for other medical professionals, including nurses, therapists, and behavioral health providers. The number of eye care providers participating in networks decreased 8% from the previous dataset, bringing the number back to about the same number of providers in the spring of 2016. The new data is available to subscribers.

The first 2017 update includes data on: 

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  • 991,000 doctors
  • 222,000 dentists
  • 57,500 eye care professionals
  • 875,000 other medical professionals (e.g. nurses, therapists)

NetMinder’s comprehensive network comparison data is updated twice a year, which entails collecting provider information from more than 425 networks nationally, validating the data accuracy with a comprehensive audit process, standardizing the data, and matching provider records across networks with a proprietary multi-step recursive algorithm. This data is delivered to clients through easy-to-use, powerful reporting tools to help recruit more providers, close more deals, and retain more clients. 

About The Ignition Group 

The Ignition Group, the healthcare consulting company that powers NetMinder, has been analyzing and interpreting competitive provider data since 2004. NetMinder provides more than 100,000 reports to more than 3,000 users every year. NetMinder delivers industry-leading network comparison data to make brokers and insurance sales teams more effective and recruiters more efficient. The Ignition Group’s executive team has decades of experience in the health insurance industry and regularly analyzes data to identify industry issues and trends, sharing their findings in blog posts, whitepapers, and webinars.

Tags: network data, data analysis, NetMinder, compare networks, healthcare providers, health insurance

Groffman Discusses Dental and Vision Networks at GUAA

Posted by Susan Donegan on Thu, May 04, 2017 @ 10:33 AM

MIAMI, May 4, 2017 – Aaron Groffman, president of healthcare consulting company The Ignition Group, will be a featured speaker at the Group Underwriters Association of America (GUAA) 2017 conference on May 22nd in Denver, CO. The GUAA is comprised of underwriting industry professionals that actively promote the study, analysis, and discussion of all matters relating to the underwriting of group insurance products.

Aaron’s breakout session, "Dental & Vision Better Together," will explore the trends affecting dental and vision insurance plans, the similarities and differences, and easy ways to leverage existing tools to expand dental and vision networks. Dental and vision benefits are often sold together and companies that compete in both markets, or just one, will find this information about network size, growth rates, and provider participation useful.

Aaron founded The Ignition Group in 2004. He is an industry veteran, educated at Wharton and the University of Miami, who ran marketing and competitive intelligence functions and built networks for divisions of Cigna and UnitedHealthGroup.

About The Ignition Group

The Ignition Group, the healthcare consulting company that powers NetMinder, has been analyzing and interpreting competitive provider data since 2004. NetMinder provides more than 100,000 reports to more than 3,000 users every year. NetMinder delivers industry-leading network comparison data to make brokers and insurance sales teams more effective and recruiters more efficient. The Ignition Group’s executive team has decades of experience in the health insurance industry and regularly analyzes data to identify industry issues and trends, sharing their findings in blog posts, whitepapers, and webinars.

Tags: dental network, vision networks, health care providers, ACA, Underwriting

NetMinder’s Aaron Groffman Talks About How to Complement Your Accessibility Reporting

Posted by Susan Donegan on Tue, Jan 31, 2017 @ 07:37 AM

MIAMI, January 31, 2017 – Aaron Groffman, president of healthcare consulting company The Ignition Group, led a session in the National Association of Dental Plans webinar series. Aaron shared opportunities to Complement Your Accessibility Reporting with NetMinder. Accessibility reporting is part of every sales opportunity and drives many network development decisions. During the webinar, Aaron demonstrated how NetMinder can expand and support your existing accessibility reporting. The presentation focused on helping your network stand out for small and medium-sized opportunities, with specific emphasis on evaluating network access compared to multiple competitors, comparing and contrasting choice and access, and assessing compliance with network adequacy requirements. The session, presented on January 24, 2017, included an interactive question and answer session.

The session was recorded and is available for free on the NADP Knowledge Center. Click here to access. 

Aaron founded The Ignition Group in 2004. He is an industry veteran, educated at Wharton and the University of Miami, who ran marketing and competitive intelligence functions and built networks for divisions of Cigna and UnitedHealth Group. Aaron is an active volunteer in NADP.

About The Ignition Group 

The Ignition Group, the healthcare consulting company that powers NetMinder, has been analyzing and interpreting competitive provider data since 2004. NetMinder provides more than 100,000 reports to more than 3,000 users every year. NetMinder delivers industry-leading network comparison data to make brokers and insurance sales teams more effective and recruiters more efficient. The Ignition Group’s executive team has decades of experience in the health insurance industry and regularly analyzes data to identify industry issues and trends, sharing their findings in blog posts, white papers, and webinars.

Tags: network accessibility reporting, network access, network data, network rank, network adequacy

NADP Converge 2016 Hosts Speaker Aaron Groffman from The Ignition Group

Posted by Susan Donegan on Fri, Sep 23, 2016 @ 09:02 AM

MIAMI, September 23, 2016 – Aaron Groffman, president of healthcare consulting company The Ignition Group, was a featured speaker at the National Association of Dental Plans CONVERGE 2016 conference again this year. More than 400 people attended the conference Sept. 12-15 in San Antonio, TX.

Aaron’s breakout session, "Dental & Vision Better Together," continued building on the exploration he began as part of the 2015 NADP Educational Webinar series. The group had a positive discussion about trends affecting dental and vision plans, the similarities and differences, and easy ways to leverage existing tools to expand dental and vision networks. Most dental companies have added vision plans to their product offerings already. Companies that compete in both markets, or just one, will find this information about network size, growth rates, and provider participation useful. Review the presentation here.

Aaron founded The Ignition Group in 2004. He is an industry veteran, educated at Wharton and the University of Miami, who ran marketing and competitive intelligence functions and built networks for divisions of Cigna and UnitedHealthGroup.

About The Ignition Group

The Ignition Group, the healthcare consulting company that powers NetMinder, has been analyzing and interpreting competitive provider data since 2004. NetMinder provides more than 80,000 reports to more than 4,000 users every year. NetMinder delivers industry-leading network comparison data to make brokers and insurance sales teams more effective and recruiters more efficient. The Ignition Group’s executive team has decades of experience in the health insurance industry and regularly analyzes data to identify industry issues and trends, sharing their findings in blog posts, whitepapers, and webinars.

Tags: dental network, vision networks, health insurance, NADP, network data

NetMinder Provides Data On Over 2.8 Million Healthcare Providers

Posted by Susan Donegan on Fri, May 27, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

MIAMI, May 27, 2016 – NetMinder, the leading provider network comparison tool, powered by The Ignition Group, has completed its spring update of dental, vision, medical, and behavioral health provider networks. More providers are participating in networks than in the fall: the number of doctors increased about 4%. We saw an increase of 32% for other medical professionals, including nurses, therapists, and behavioral health providers. The new data is available to subscribers.

This spring update includes data on:upward-trend1.jpg

  • 902,500 doctors
  • 235,500 dentists
  • 58,000 eye care professionals
  • 797,000 other medical professionals (e.g. nurses, therapists)

NetMinder’s comprehensive network comparison data is updated twice a year, which entails collecting provider information from more than 450 networks nationally, validating the data accuracy with a comprehensive audit process, standardizing the data, and matching provider records across networks with a proprietary multi-step recursive algorithm. This data is delivered to clients through easy-to-use, powerful reporting tools to help recruit more providers, close more deals, and retain more clients.

About The Ignition Group

The Ignition Group, the healthcare consulting company that powers NetMinder, has been analyzing and interpreting competitive provider data since 2004. NetMinder provides more than 80,000 reports to more than 4,000 users every year. NetMinder delivers industry-leading network comparison data to make brokers and insurance sales teams more effective and recruiters more efficient. The Ignition Group’s executive team has decades of experience in the health insurance industry and regularly analyzes data to identify industry issues and trends, sharing their findings in blog posts, white papers, and webinars.

Tags: network comparison tool, data analysis, network data, Healthcare

NetMinder’s Groffman Discusses Tiered and Narrow Dental Network Trends

Posted by Susan Donegan on Tue, Dec 01, 2015 @ 10:30 AM

MIAMI, December 1, 2015 – Aaron Groffman, president of healthcare consulting company The Ignition Group, and Herschel Reich, vice president in the payer consulting practice of OptumInsight, led a session in the National Association of Dental Plans 2015 Educational Webinar series. Aaron and Herschel discussed competition on the exchanges and the increasing pressure to capture the market share of individual and exchange dental customers. Dental networks are starting to evolve to meet market demands by offering tiered and narrow networks to provide the right combination of access and choice for consumers. The session, presented on November 11, 2015, included an interactive question and answer session.

During the webinar, Aaron and Herschel explored how the narrow network trend applies to dental plans and outlined the importance of using a targeted approach to narrowing your network. Attendees left with a better understanding of the logic behind narrow networks and how the dental industry is affected by this trend.

The session was recorded and is available for purchase on the NADP Knowledge Center. Click here to access. 

Aaron founded The Ignition Group in 2004. He is an industry veteran, educated at Wharton and the University of Miami, who ran marketing and competitive intelligence functions and built networks for divisions of Cigna and UnitedHealth Group. Aaron is an active volunteer in NADP.

Herschel has worked in the actuarial health care and managed care arena for more than 25 years specializing in commercial and Medicare strategy assessments, performance improvement, pricing, underwriting, reserving, product development, alliance development, and vendor management for health and ancillary products.

About The Ignition Group

The Ignition Group, the healthcare consulting company that powers NetMinder, has been analyzing and interpreting competitive provider data since 2004. NetMinder provides more than 80,000 reports to more than 4,000 users every year. NetMinder delivers industry-leading network comparison data to make brokers and insurance sales teams more effective and recruiters more efficient. The Ignition Group’s executive team has decades of experience in the health insurance industry and regularly analyzes data to identify industry issues and trends, sharing their findings in blog posts, white papers, and webinars.

Tags: dental network, narrow networks, dental plans, NADP

Demand for Provider Network Data Increased 13% Over Spring 2015

Posted by Susan Donegan on Thu, Oct 15, 2015 @ 02:10 PM

MIAMI, October 15, 2015 – NetMinder, the leading provider network comparison tool, powered by The Ignition Group, has completed its fall update of dental, vision, medical, and behavioral health provider networks. The number of networks analyzed grew by 13% for this update compared to our last data update in March 2015, reflecting the increased interest in provider networks due to the Affordable Care Act exchanges. Additionally, more providers are participating in networks than in the spring: the number of doctors and other medical professionals increased 4% and the number of dentists increased 9%. The new data is available to subscribers.

This fall update includes data on:

  • 870,500 doctors
  • 229,500 dentists
  • 56,500 eye care professionals
  • 603,000 other medical professionals (e.g. nurses, therapists)

NetMinder’s comprehensive network comparison data is updated twice a year, which entails collecting provider information from more than 450 networks nationally, validating the data accuracy with a comprehensive audit process, standardizing the data, and matching provider records across networks with a proprietary multi-step recursive algorithm. This data is delivered to clients through easy-to-use, powerful reporting tools to help recruit more providers, close more deals, and retain more clients.

About The Ignition Group

The Ignition Group, the healthcare consulting company that powers NetMinder, has been analyzing and interpreting competitive provider data since 2004. NetMinder provides more than 80,000 reports to more than 4,000 users every year. NetMinder delivers industry-leading network comparison data to make brokers and insurance sales teams more effective and recruiters more efficient. The Ignition Group’s executive team has decades of experience in the health insurance industry and regularly analyzes data to identify industry issues and trends, sharing their findings in blog posts, white papers, and webinars.

Tags: network growth, Affordable Care Act, network comparison tool, network data, network change, ACA, healthcare exchanges

Aaron Groffman from the Ignition Group Spoke at NADP Converge 2015

Posted by Susan Donegan on Wed, Oct 07, 2015 @ 01:00 PM

MIAMI, October 7, 2015 – Aaron Groffman, president of healthcare consulting company The Ignition Group, was a featured speaker at the National Association of Dental Plans CONVERGE conference again this year. More than 500 people attended the conference Sept 28- Oct 1, 2015 in Palm Desert, CA.

Aaron’s breakout session, “Dental Networks and Healthcare Exchanges," continued the exploration he began at the 2014 conference. Highlights of this year’s presentation were a deeper dive into the narrow network trend and discussion about the expanded standalone dental plan options available on the federal and state exchanges as well as ways to expand standalone dental enrollment using plan features already proven to reduce premiums in the commercial market.

Review the presentation here.

Aaron founded The Ignition Group in 2004. He is an industry veteran, educated at Wharton and the University of Miami, who ran marketing and competitive intelligence functions and built networks for divisions of Cigna and UnitedHealthGroup. 

About The Ignition Group

The Ignition Group, the healthcare consulting company that powers NetMinder, has been analyzing and interpreting competitive provider data since 2004. NetMinder provides more than 80,000 reports to more than 4,000 users every year. NetMinder delivers industry-leading network comparison data to make brokers and insurance sales teams more effective and recruiters more efficient. The Ignition Group’s executive team has decades of experience in the health insurance industry and regularly analyzes data to identify industry issues and trends, sharing their findings in blog posts, white papers, and webinars.

Tags: dental network, narrow networks, healthcare exchanges, dental plans, NADP, NADP Converge 2015

Darrin Hall Nominated for 2015 NADP Gabryl Award for Leadership and Contributions to Research Commission

Posted by Susan Donegan on Tue, Sep 08, 2015 @ 10:05 AM

MIAMI, September 8, 2015 – Darrin Hall, product architect of healthcare consulting company The Ignition Group, has been nominated to receive the NADP Gabryl Award. The National Association of Dental Plans (NADP) created the prestigious Gabryl Award in 1997 to honor outstanding leadership and long-term contributions by an NADP volunteer. It is the association’s highest honor. The volunteers of NADP help to fulfill the mission of the association to promote and advance the dental benefits industry and improve consumer access to affordable, quality dental care.

NADP Gabryl Award recipients are nominated by other volunteers and selected by the Board of Directors. Darrin was nominated by the Research Commission for his leadership and guidance in adapting NADP’s research reports to provide more depth and granularity in response to a wide range of Affordable Care Act influences on the dental marketplace. His work and engagement were essential to preparing the Research Commission, and NADP, to respond to the more intense data needs of the dental benefits industry. Darrin was an active member of the Research Commission from 2002 – 2013, and served as the chair from 2009 – 2013.

“I am honored to be nominated for the Gabryl Award and pleased that my contributions have helped the association. It is a pleasure to work with other volunteers from across the dental benefits industry,” Darrin said.

Darrin has worked in a variety of roles in nearly every functional area of the industry during his 20+ years with Cigna Dental and Oral Health Services prior to joining The Ignition Group.

The National Association of Dental Plans (NADP), a Texas nonprofit corporation with headquarters in Dallas, is the "representative and recognized resource of the dental benefits industry." NADP is the only national trade organization that includes the full spectrum of dental benefits companies operating in the United States. NADP's members provide Dental HMO, Dental PPO, Dental Indemnity, and Discount Dental products to more than 163 million Americans, approximately 90 percent of all Americans with dental benefits. 

About The Ignition Group

The Ignition Group, the healthcare consulting company that powers NetMinder, has been analyzing and interpreting competitive provider data since 2004. NetMinder provides more than 80,000 reports to more than 4,000 users every year. NetMinder delivers industry-leading network comparison data to make brokers and insurance sales teams more effective and recruiters more efficient. The Ignition Group’s executive team has decades of experience in the health insurance industry and regularly analyzes data to identify industry issues and trends, sharing their findings in blog posts, white papers, and webinars.

Tags: NetMinder, The Ignition Group, ACA, dental benefits, NADP

 

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