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NetMinder Adds Provider Lookup to Suite of Network Comparison Tools

Posted by Laura McMullen on Wed, May 04, 2016 @ 12:28 PM

MIAMI, May 4, 2016 – NetMinder, the leading provider network comparison tool powered by The Ignition Group, now includes an easy-to-use Provider Lookup that allows users to enter a geographic search term plus a provider or office name to quickly see the network affiliations for that provider or office.

“We’re committed to making it easier to compare provider networks in the healthcare space,” said Aaron Groffman, president of The Ignition Group. “Our new Provider Lookup is just one more way for our customers to quickly and easily find the competitive network data they need to move their businesses forward.”

Provider Lookup is available to all NetMinder users as part of the standard suite of reports for medical, dental, vision, and behavioral health networks. An API is also available to incorporate NetMinder data into your application. For more information, email info@netminder.com

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, Healthcare, provider networks, provider lookup

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

The Ignition Group Participates in the 2015 NADP Webinar Series

Posted by Susan Donegan on Tue, Jun 23, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

MIAMI, June 23, 2015 – Aaron Groffman, president of healthcare consulting company The Ignition Group, participated in the National Association of Dental Plans 2015 Webinar series. Aaron presented a complimentary webinar, hosted by NADP, to explore the ways dental and vision networks work together. The session, presented on June 10, 2015 included an interactive question and answer session.

Aaron examined important industry trends that favor dental and vision networks. During the webinar he explored the complementary relationship of these two lines of business. The webinar also included ideas for leveraging the synergies of the dental and vision networks and how to create opportunities to market and distribute dental and vision networks together. Attendees left with an understanding of the similarities and differences of the two lines of business and the obvious conclusion that adding vision coverage is a good opportunity for dental companies.

The session was recorded and is available on-demand, 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 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: NetMinder, health insurance, Vision insurance, dental benefits

NetMinder Spring 2015 Data Update Released

Posted by Susan Donegan on Fri, Apr 10, 2015 @ 09:30 AM

MIAMI, April 10, 2015 – 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. We saw a 10% increase in the number of doctors included in this update compared to our last data update in September 2014. The new data is available to subscribers.

This spring update includes data on:

  • upward-trend1846,000 doctors
  • 209,500 dentists
  • 58,500 eye care professionals
  • 580,500 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 400 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, NetMinder, data management, network metrics, network rank, network change

NetMinder Attends Specialty Health Summit in Vegas May 5-7

Posted by Laura McMullen on Thu, Apr 02, 2015 @ 12:57 PM

MIAMI, April 2, 2015 – Aaron Groffman will represent NetMinder at the National Association of Specialty Health Organizations/National Association of Vision Care Plans (NASHO/NAVCP) Specialty Health Summit from May 5-7th in Las Vegas. The Hearing Network Alliance and Physical Medicine Management Alliance also participate. The three-day conference brings together leaders in the specialty health, vision, hearing, and physical medicine industries for learning and collaboration opportunities. The annual conference attracts well over 150 executives and leaders from specialty health plans throughout the nation.

NASHO_Conf_sm“Networks are important elements in the delivery of vision, hearing, and other specialty health care and benefits. NASHO, NAVCP, HNA, and PMMA members are on the frontlines of these efforts and we are pleased to support their work,” Groffman said.

To see the program and conference materials, click here. For more information about NASHO, HNA, and PMMA, visit www.nasho.org. For more about NAVCP, visit www.navcp.org.  

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 3,500 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: narrow networks, Vision insurance, vision networks, Specialty Benefits, hearing network alliance

The Ignition Group's Aaron Groffman Quoted on Investopedia

Posted by Susan Donegan on Mon, Jan 26, 2015 @ 12:22 PM

MIAMI, January 23, 2015 – Ignition Group President, Aaron Groffman, quoted on Investopedia.

In the article titled “Assurant Vs. Delta Dental Insurance”, Investopedia explores the increase in and differences between dental insurance plans. Groffman was quoted about increases in the level of dentist participation in network plans over the last several years. Investopedia also shares some consumer tips for comparing plans as the popularity of dental benefits grows.

Read Aaron’s comments and the full article here.

Investopedia is an online resource for investing education, personal finance, market analysis and free trading simulators. Investopedia is wholly owned subsidiary of IAC.

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 3,500 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: Affordable Care Act, dental insurance, dental benefits

NetMinder sponsored 2014 New York Health Plan Association conference in Albany, NY

Posted by Susan Donegan on Tue, Dec 09, 2014 @ 11:03 AM

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MIAMI, December 4, 2014 – Aaron Groffman and Darrin Hall represented NetMinder at the New York Health Plan Association conference on November 20th in Albany, NY. The one-day conference highlighted the ongoing efforts to reshape health care delivery in New York State and across the nation. The annual conference was attended by approximately 200 managed care professionals and other high-level executives and key leaders in the New York State health care industry.

“Networks are a critical element to consider as the industry works to improve health care delivery. NYHPA members are on the frontlines of these efforts and we are pleased to support their work,” Groffman said.

To see the program and conference materials, click here. For more information about the NYHPA, visit www.nyhpa.org.  

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 3,500 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: healthcare benefits, Managed Care, Health plan

 

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