Katie Oberkircher

Oberkircher is a content specialist on The Council’s Market Intelligence & Insights team. After graduation from the University of Richmond with degrees in Rhetoric & Communication Studies and English Literature, Oberkircher worked for an employee benefits consulting firm. She joined The Council after completing a Master of Arts degree in Communication, Culture & Technology from Georgetown University in 2018.
Are Employers the Real Disruptors of Healthcare?
Health+Benefits Are Employers the Real Disruptors of Healthcare?
Tech and retail giants deploy new cost-curbing strategies.
October 16, 2019
Medical Tourism Reimagined
Health+Benefits Medical Tourism Reimagined
Breaking down what cost, access and quality of care actually mean.
October 9, 2019
I Can Access My Health Data. Now What?
Health+Benefits I Can Access My Health Data. Now What?
Health data systems cannot talk to each other, and it’s a problem.
September 13, 2019
The Fight to End Balance Billing Gets Ugly
Health+Benefits The Fight to End Balance Billing Gets Ugly
Everyone is fighting to end surprise medical bills, but competing proposals are ...
September 6, 2019
Social Determinants of Health Surface in U.S. Policy Agenda
Health+Benefits Social Determinants of Health Surface in U.S. Policy Agenda
As medicine becomes more personalized, the approach to patient care is changing ...
August 16, 2019
What Prescription Drug Importation Could Mean for Brokers
Health+Benefits What Prescription Drug Importation Could Mean for Brokers
Q&A with David Shore, SVP, Enterprise Strategy & Risk Management at Borislow Ins...
August 14, 2019
Unlocking the Value of Healthcare Data
Health+Benefits Unlocking the Value of Healthcare Data
Q&A with Wally Gomaa, CEO, ACAP Health
May 31, 2019
An Insurer’s Take on Voluntary Benefits
Health+Benefits An Insurer’s Take on Voluntary Benefits
Q&A with Keith Mueller, VP, Voluntary Sales & Business Development, Lincoln Fina...
May 30, 2019
Collaborative Care
Health+Benefits Collaborative Care
Q&A with Scott Powder, CSO, Advocate Aurora Health
May 30, 2019
The Employer Perspective
Health+Benefits The Employer Perspective
Q&A with Sally Welborn, consultant, Welborn Advisory Services; former SVP of Glo...
May 30, 2019
Q&A with Samantha Dever, Council Foundation Scholar
Industry Q&A with Samantha Dever, Council Foundation Scholar
Providence College, Class of 2019, 2018 Council Foundation Scholarship Recipient...
May 29, 2019
A Conversation with Brad Plummer, SVP of Employee Benefits, Cottingham & Butler
Health+Benefits A Conversation with Brad Plummer, SVP of Employee Benefits, Cottingham & Butler
Plummer talks prescription drugs and the proposed rule by Health & Human Service...
April 18, 2019
An Update on Association Health Plans
Health+Benefits An Update on Association Health Plans
The latest on the response to a federal district court decision to set aside por...
April 18, 2019
Introducing Haven Healthcare: The Brainchild of Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan Chase
Health+Benefits Introducing Haven Healthcare: The Brainchild of Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan Chase
What we know, what we expect and what it all means for the insurance industry.
March 21, 2019
How One Innovator Exposes the Market to Startups and Other Innovators
Health+Benefits How One Innovator Exposes the Market to Startups and Other Innovators
Q&A with Dave Kerrigan, founder and managing director at Sante Nasc, LLC about h...
February 21, 2019
A Look at Current Single-Payer Systems
Health+Benefits A Look at Current Single-Payer Systems
How government-run health systems work in the U.K., Canada and within the U.S.' ...
February 21, 2019
What are Congress’ Priorities in 2019?
Health+Benefits What are Congress’ Priorities in 2019?
The 116th Congress officially opened earlier this month with 100 new members bei...
January 25, 2019
Q&A: Accessing & Leveraging Healthcare Data
Health+Benefits Q&A: Accessing & Leveraging Healthcare Data
We sat down with Kyle Anthony, Director of Human Capital Practice at Oswald Comp...
January 25, 2019
Tech Giants Poised to Shift Healthcare Landscape
Health+Benefits Tech Giants Poised to Shift Healthcare Landscape
Tech companies are banging down the doors of the healthcare industry, infiltrati...
December 5, 2018
How Disruptive is Medicare for All?
Health+Benefits How Disruptive is Medicare for All?
It’s no secret that a government-controlled healthcare system would be disrupt...
December 5, 2018
The Next Step in 1332 Section Waiver Changes
Health+Benefits The Next Step in 1332 Section Waiver Changes
The Departments of Treasury and Health and Human Services recently released fou...
December 5, 2018
1332 Section Waiver Changes
Health+Benefits 1332 Section Waiver Changes
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released new guidance on Secti...
November 8, 2018
Pharmacy Supply Chain: What You Need to Know
Health+Benefits Pharmacy Supply Chain: What You Need to Know
Despite the Trump administration’s push to lower drug prices, costs have not y...
November 8, 2018
Midterm Implications for Healthcare
Health+Benefits Midterm Implications for Healthcare
Healthcare proved significant to voters on Tuesday, but it was not quite pivotal...
November 8, 2018
The HRA Rule
Health+Benefits The HRA Rule
The Trump administration proposed a rule to allow employers to offer Health Reim...
November 8, 2018
Medicare Part B Drug Pricing to Mirror Foreign Prices?
Health+Benefits Medicare Part B Drug Pricing to Mirror Foreign Prices?
CMS released an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking—with the spring of 2019...
November 8, 2018
What Does the Removal of Pharmacy ‘Gag Clauses’ Mean for Consumers?
Health+Benefits What Does the Removal of Pharmacy ‘Gag Clauses’ Mean for Consumers?
The Senate passed The Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act, which bans gag clau...
September 20, 2018
Cigna-Express Scripts Deal Gets the Green Light
Health+Benefits Cigna-Express Scripts Deal Gets the Green Light
Cigna’s acquisition of Express Scripts was approved by federal officials
September 20, 2018
Partnership for America’s Health Care Future
Health+Benefits Partnership for America’s Health Care Future
The Council recently joined a coalition called Partnership for America’s Healt...
September 20, 2018
Association Health Plans: What’s Next?
Health+Benefits Association Health Plans: What’s Next?
June marked the implementation of a regulation focusing on Association Health Pl...
August 30, 2018
D.C. Roundup: Health Policy and Midterm Elections
Health+Benefits D.C. Roundup: Health Policy and Midterm Elections
As the midterm election gets closer, the health policy agenda in Washington focu...
August 9, 2018
What We Know About Atul Gawande
Health+Benefits What We Know About Atul Gawande
After his appointment as the CEO of Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, JP Morgan (ABJ) ...
August 9, 2018
Healthcare and Big Data at the State Level: All-Payer Claims Databases (APCDs)
Health+Benefits Healthcare and Big Data at the State Level: All-Payer Claims Databases (APCDs)
What do Colorado, Arkansas, Delaware and Virginia have in common? In the spirit ...
August 9, 2018
The State of Healthcare Today: Report on Costs, Outcomes and Reform Efforts
Health+Benefits The State of Healthcare Today: Report on Costs, Outcomes and Reform Efforts
As healthcare spending in the U.S. reaches unsustainable levels, the value-based...
April 25, 2018