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Michael Taggart

Consultant, S&P Healthcare Indices, S&P Dow Jones Indices

Michael Taggart is a Consultant with S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI), with responsibilities surrounding the oversight and development of the S&P Healthcare Indices. Prior to his consultant role at S&P DJI, Michael served as President at Empyrean, where he was responsible for overseeing the development of strategy for Empyrean’s emerging businesses, sales, and marketing.
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Dec 27, 2014

Impact of the Affordable Healthcare Act on Healthcare Cost Trends

With the start of the second annual enrollment under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there is high interest regarding the impact of the ACA on healthcare cost trends. The S&P Healthcare Claims Indices provide an accurate and up to date source of information available in the market regarding healthcare cost trends. The updates released in…


Nov 20, 2014

Healthcare Trends – The Full Story

It’s an obvious point, but having access to accurate information is a critical part of being able to manage healthcare costs for the long term. Economic commentators often talk about the increase in healthcare costs (or trends) as a single figure, but, as the S&P Healthcare Claims Indices demonstrate, the truth is that healthcare trends…


Sep 5, 2014

Can indexes help organizations manage the financial risk of healthcare costs?

Moving past the political debate around Obamacare, the news last month drove home a more important point – not only are healthcare costs high and increasing, but the rate at which these costs increase (trend) is also volatile. Walgreens made headlines when it announced that FY 2016 pharmacy earnings would drop by over $1.1 billion dollars….


Aug 15, 2014

S&P DJI July update provides insight into ACA impact on individual health policies

One of the most significant changes made by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was in the individual health insurance market, where the law eliminated the traditional medical underwriting processes and required health carriers to accept all applicants, regardless of their health conditions. The impact of these changes on the cost of individual health insurance has…


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