Denise Mirtich, Director, Informatics & Technology Solutions at Oswald Companies, has been featured in the September PLANSPONSOR Magazine article, “Harvesting The Right Facts and Figures” by reporter Judy Ward (subscriber login required).
The article reads: In this age of ‘big data,’ sponsors have the analytic tools at hand to make more informed decisions.
In the excerpt below, Mirtich contributes her thoughts on the role of culture in data-driven decision making by companies:
An employer’s corporate culture also plays a big role in the decisions it makes about health plan design for the next year, says Denise Mirtich, director of informatics and technology at Oswald Companies, an insurance brokerage and risk management firm in Cleveland. She recalls one paternalistic client that faced steadily rising health care costs but still recently opted against adding a spousal surcharge—i.e., for premiums including employee spouses not covered by other insurance—to help curb expenses.
“You have to find the right balance between the health plan design and the employer’s culture,” Mirtich says. When talking about requiring employees to shoulder more of their health care costs, she observes, “Some employers say, ‘Yes, I realize that we need to shift more costs to employees, but we just can’t do all of it this year.’ So we [present] a three-year strategy plan: We explain, ‘Here is what you can do, step by step, to get you there.’”
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Denise Mirtich, Vice President, Director of Informatics & Technology Solutions
Denise C. Mirtich leads the Informatics Practice for Oswald Companies, which consists of Health Management Solutions, Data Analytics and Technology Solutions. Under the direction of Ms. Mirtich, the Oswald team empowers clients with information to make crucial data-driven decisions which typically impacts their bottom line. Her leadership has had direct impact on the growth of Oswald’s highly regarded Group Benefits Division.