Dave Chase, Author at Insurance Thought Leadership




Dave Chase

Dave Chase

Dave Chase is the CEO of Avado.

Dave has a unique blend of health IT and consumer Internet leadership experience that is well-suited to bridging the gap between health IT systems and individuals receiving care. A quintessential Internet entrepreneur, Dave has launched several businesses over his career, initially from within Microsoft. These include leading Microsoft’s entry into the enterprise software business and founding Microsoft’s healthcare business, both of which began from virtually nothing and are now industry-leading, multibillion-dollar enterprises. He also gained deep experience in the healthcare industry as a senior consultant for Accenture’s healthcare practice, working with more than two dozen healthcare providers and systems. Dave has worked as an acting executive, founder, or consultant for a variety of start-ups, including market-leading companies such as LiveRez.com, MarketLeader, iMedia Communications and WhatCounts.

Dave’s entrepreneurial roots go back to building up a lawn-mowing business in junior high to help pay his way through college and leading ski trips to Whistler. Dave also owns a local media property in Idaho (SunValleyOnline.com) that became one of the country’s first local websites to be profitable.

He regularly writes for Reuters, TechCrunch, Forbes, Huffington Post, Washington Post, KevinMD and others. 

Recent Articles by Dave Chase

Health Insurers Must Open Up on Pricing

From one way of looking at it, the big carriers are caught in the middle, between the providers that aggressively raise their prices each year and the employers or individuals who are starting to realize that there’s no bottom to the pit into which they throw their premiums and deductibles each year. On the other […]

PPOs and the $444 Box of Kleenex

#The Affordable Care Act requires every health plan to offer benefits free from most annual and all lifetime dollar limits. If you have a self-insured plan, you may feel the direct impact of this a little more immediately (although many employers still do not recognize it). Even employers that are fully insured should realize they are […]

11 Ways Amazon Could Transform Care

“Your margin is my opportunity.” – Jeff Bezos Amazon has proven again and again that Bezos and team can bring fundamental change to multiple industries. Adding one of the world’s most respected and trusted business figures in Warren Buffett and the leader of one of the largest financial institutions who pulled it through the 2008 […]

10 Mistakes Amazon Must Avoid in Health

There is something far more interesting about the Amazon, Berkshire and JPMorgan Chase (let’s call them ABC) than the 1 million-plus lives they employ. There have been similar initiatives announced before along with countless business group on health coalitions that have made no meaningful dent in the wildly underperforming status quo healthcare system. The BUCAs (Blues […]

Open Letter to Bezos, Buffett and Dimon

I applaud your announcement of a an organization designed to tackle what we believe is the greatest immediate threat to America — our status quo healthcare system. I have sent your healthcare leaders the new edition of my book, The CEO’s Guide to Restoring the American Dream – How to Deliver World Class Health Care to Your Employees […]

Is This the Largest Undisclosed Risk?

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) has been around since the Ford administration. Most people know the law in relation to retirement benefits, but it’s emerging as an unexpected, yet high-potential, opportunity to drive change in the dysfunctional U.S. healthcare system. The law sets fiduciary standards for using funds for self-insured health plans, which is […]

3 Trillion Reasons Against Change

With 3 trillion reasons ($$) to protect the status quo, it should be no surprise that employing frontal assault on healthcare would be laughably ineffective. This would be like the revolutionaries battling the British army via a frontal assault. One could argue that top-down, governmental efforts to reform healthcare are experiencing what happens through a […]

A New Focus for Health Insurance: ‘Negaclaims’

Historically, the “do more, bill more” fee-for-service model of healthcare measured success by increased billings. In the fee-for-value era, we need a new framework for assessing healthcare results. Quality indicators are logical, but they are mostly geared toward measuring actions taken. We can borrow a concept from the energy sector for an additional metric.  We […]

Healthcare's Age of Agility Will Shuffle Market Leadership

Surgeon and author, Dr. Atul Gawande outlined how, at the turn of the 20th century, more than forty per cent of household income went to paying for food, and food production consumed roughly half the workforce. The drive to change that began in a small town in Texas where an array of new methods of […]

Healthcare Disruption: Providers Will Use HealthTech To Differentiate And Produce Better Outcomes

Historically, in the U.S. Healthcare system, a primary way to differentiate oneself as a healthcare provider has been to have impressive physical assets such as newly built clinics/hospitals/wings and medical equipment. This is logical when the legacy reimbursement model has incentivized activity (procedures, tests, prescriptions) instead of positive health outcomes. Anything that can be done […]

Marcus Welby Is Dead – Long Live Marcus Welby

As Dr. Jason Hwang, co-author of the Innovator’s Prescription, has stated, one of the core tenets of disruptive innovation is to use technology to transfer services from costly, expertise-intensive settings into more affordable, convenient, and accessible venues. Doctors from Seattle to South Carolina are demonstrating exactly that by removing the 40% “insurance bureaucracy tax” from […]

Healthcare Disruption: Providers Are Making Newspaper Industry Mistakes

Since the latter half of the 90’s, the handwriting has been on the wall for newspaper companies that media’s future was digital. Heck, the newspapers’ own business sections reported on this trend. Despite this, the majority of the industry focused on traditional strategies such as taking on debt to acquire other newspapers or investing in […]

Employers Solving Healthcare Crisis One Onsite Clinic at a Time

In my past pieces, I have written about the importance of a disruptive model of care and payment called Direct Primary Care (DPC) such as The Most Important Organization In Silicon Valley That No One Has Heard About. As the Direct Primary Care models scale, they become a great option for individuals and small business. […]

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