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May 27, 2021

This episode seemed particularly relevant right now because it gives insight into how large self-insured employers are prioritizing their efforts to disrupt health care revenue streams that do not provide adequate health outcomes for dollars spent.

This episode’s conversation is with Lee Lewis. This is an encore episode. The original was recorded when Lee was the newly minted chief strategy officer at the Health Transformation Alliance, otherwise known as HTA. The HTA is a group of 50 major corporations that have come together in an alliance to do one thing: fix our broken health care system.

Anybody who knows Lee knows he knows a lot about how to improve health and health care benefits for large employers. The most amazing thing I always find about improving health and health care benefits is that it’s like having your cake and eating it, too. On one hand, both employer and employee save money. On the other hand, employees get better care and spend less time away from work struggling to navigate the health care jungle all by themselves.

Lee’s playbook consists of three chapters which we get into here. The first chapter covers the “how” of health benefits, including what Lee calls the “administrative superstructure.” The second chapter in Lee’s playbook is the “what,” which usually comprises drug spend and then, on the medical side, how care is delivered for specific clinical conditions like musculoskeletal, cardiometabolic, etc. There are a few conditions that tend to rack up the most costs categorically. The last chapter in Lee’s playbook is the “who,” meaning where employees are steered for care, especially in those high-cost areas.

You can learn more by visiting and by connecting with Lee on LinkedIn. 

Lee Lewis serves as chief strategy officer and GM medical solutions for the Health Transformation Alliance. He leads efforts across over 50 large and jumbo employers and six million employees to save lives and save millions of dollars through improved health delivery, outcomes, and experience. Key initiatives in this role include new models of health benefits administration, curated provider steerage, and improved clinical delivery and outcomes.