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Wendy Lynch

Wendy Lynch

For over 25 years, Dr. Wendy Lynch has been making the connection between human and business performance. Her career has included roles as faculty at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Vice president of Strategic Development at HCMSGroup, Senior Scientist at Health Decisions International, Principal at Mercer Human Resource Consulting and as a member of the Board of Directors for two publicly-traded companies. Now Dr. Lynch serves as Co-Director of the Center for Consumer Choice in Health Care at the Altarum Institute and runs her own consulting firm. She also holds an adjunct position of Associate Professor at IUPUI in Indianapolis.

Educated at the University of Colorado at Boulder, she earned a Doctorate in Research and Evaluation Methodology.  Dr. Lynch has applied her skills in research design and evaluation to several pivotal studies in the fields of health management, productivity assessment and human capital management. A frequent speaker, and author of over 100 articles and reports, Dr. Lynch has also published two books: “Who Survives?” and “Aligning incentives, Information and Choice.”

Media Featuring Wendy Lynch

Recent Articles by Wendy Lynch

The Broader Picture on Getting Injured Employees Back to Work

The “good health = lower cost” equation is an oversimplification of reality and needs to be better understood if we’re to address the causes that help drive up costs for workers’comp. Yes, people with medical problems are generally more expensive to care for than those without the conditions, but consider the studies that found that: […]

How Much Does Health Care Cost? More Than You Can – or Want – to Imagine

In my mind’s eye, I’ve started imagining U.S. health care spending as the Blob from the 1950s horror movie of the same name: the monstrous mass at the edge of town, consuming everything in its path. It’s expanding before our eyes, oozing all over the economy, threatening our future, and no one knows exactly how […]

Choice In Health Care? A Hassle Worth The Effort

It was almost a miracle, an immediate answer to my question about the cost of an ultrasound. “$196 including the interpretation, and we price-match if you find a better price somewhere else.” In my eight years having a health savings account (HSA), clear, immediate information about cost has been extremely rare. Most often, “How much?” […]

All Employers CAN Reduce The Cost Of Health Care

What health plans and brokers don't want you to know…. Sometimes it's humbling to admit what you don't know. It's even worse to realize that you don't know what you don't know (YDKWYDK – pronounced, yidick-widick). Well, last fall I was hit square in the face with an embarrassing case of YDKWYDK. Silly me, I […]

Health Insurance: A More Rational Approach To Employer Purchases

    In the second part of WRIN.tv’s interview with Dr. Lynch, she shares her thoughts on fostering “consumerism” in health care despite history and government intervention.    

Survivor: Hospital Edition

You knew it was coming. Reality TV has come to health care. WDEY network began filming a new reality show last month — it's called Medicine Unlocked1. It follows real patients navigating the health care system in search of treatment for their ailments. Each two-hour episode focuses on four patients who share a specific preliminary […]

When Someone Else Pays, Employees Simply Care Less (And Spend More)

Do you honestly believe that individuals deserve the right and responsibility to make their own choices about health care? Before you answer, remember, the party in charge of spending the money becomes the ultimate decision-maker. When it comes right down to it, most people say they support patient rights, but only in the context of […]

The Key to Lower Health Care and Absence Costs

Part 2 of Video Interview (hint: the key to lower health care and absence costs isn't about health) When medical and disability costs are high, conventional wisdom assumes there must be more illness driving up costs, right? But how much of total cost can we actually attribute to health status versus other factors? Four components […]

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