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.

Michael has over 30 years of management experience in the benefits consulting and administration areas, having led major engagements with firms such as Southwest Airlines, Temple Inland, BNSF, and Standard & Poor’s. Recent professional accomplishments include: National Practice Leader, Healthcare Analytics at Aon Hewitt, where Michael was responsible for developing the client analytics and vendor relationships to support the firm’s consulting practice.

Michael also served as President at Synhrgy HR Technologies, where he was a founder and led the development of strategic partner alliances, sales, and marketing. Previously, Michael served as Executive Director at MethodistCare HMO, where he was responsible for establishing operations and gaining accreditation for the commercial and Medicaid HMO operations. He also worked as Regional Practice Leader, Health & Benefit practice at Mercer HR Services, and led the firm’s consulting engagements for large clients.

Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in finance with a major in actuarial science from the University of Texas. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries.

Author Archives: Michael Taggart

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 Read more […]

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 Read more […]

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. Read more […]

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 Read more […]