David Axene started Axene Health Partners in 2003 after a successful consulting career at Ernst & Young, LLP and Milliman & Robertson, Inc. Mr. Axene is an internationally recognized health consultant providing consulting services to all types of health care organizations including health plans(HMOs, PPOs, managed care plans, BlueCross Blue Shield plans, insurance companies, etc.), healthcare providers (hospitals, medical groups, ancillary providers, etc.), various governments and government programs (federal, state and local, international, Medicare, Medicaid, CHAMPUS, social systems), employer health benefit plan sponsors, healthcare technology companies, medical device and technology suppliers, etc.
Mr. Axene is recognized as a strategist and thought leader. At Ernst & Young, he was responsible for the firm’s health actuaries. He was an Equity Principal with the well known actuarial firm Milliman & Robertson, Inc. where he led their healthcare management consulting activities, including founding their Care Guidelines division. Prior to beginning his consulting career in 1978, he held several positions in the insurance industry specializing in the health insurance area.
Mr. Axene is a frequent speaker and writer on healthcare issues. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, a Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst, a Fellow of the Conference of Consulting Actuaries, and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries. He previously served as Chair of the Society of Actuaries Health Section Council and the Entrepreneurial Actuaries Section. He is a certified ARIAS-US arbitrator.
In addition to his actuarial credentials, Mr. Axene earned an MS degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Washington, and a BS degree in Physics and Engineering from Seattle Pacific University.
Mr. Axene serves on multiple non-for-profit Boards including Azusa Pacific University.
Mr. Axene is married and has three married children and soon to be eight grandchildren. Mr. Axene and his wife reside in Southern California.
RECENT ARTICLES BY David Axene
Unintended Consequences Of Exchange Rate Filings
Carriers have responded in somewhat of an unexpected way, a rather bullish approach which will have a favorable impact on health premiums.
19 Specific Taxes Directly Related To Healthcare Reform
Based upon the count of many experts, there appear to be 19 specific taxes or increased taxes directly related to healthcare reform, estimated by some experts to total $500 billion over 10 years.
So What Is the Actuarial Value Of My Health Benefit Plan?
Understanding the actuarial value (i.e., AV) of your health plan is important. Identifying what that value is will require specialized expertise. It is critical that you have good information to make good decisions.
Medicare Implements Value-Based Purchasing
Medicare has introduced some useful and very helpful tools to improve our health care system. Hopefully this will provide an improved foundation to make even more improvements to our health care system.
The Insurance Rate Public Justification & Accountability Act - Does It Get To The Real Problem?
If the Insurance Rate Public Justification and Accountability Act is to fix the healthcare cost problem, then it is taking action on a symptom of the problem, not the real cause. There are multiple reasons why health insurance premiums increase. Regulating the carriers alone doesn't solve any of the underlying problems. It restricts the behavior of one of the middlemen. It doesn't get to the core problem.
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