Denny Weinberg is an experienced entrepreneur and real estate developer maintaining diverse business interests, such as FocalScan, LLC, and OldInsuranceGuys.com. Since 2014, Denny Weinberg has also managed operations at Hixme in the position of chief executive officer.
Hixme functions as a resource for large businesses with complex employee benefits needs. Hixme provides a number of services as well as information in regard to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). All of the organization’s benefits offerings are not only tax compliant, but fully adhere to strictures set out by the ACA.
Recognizing the nuanced and sometimes confusing nature of ACA requirements, Hixme maintains a convenient, customer friendly support center that connects employers directly to a representative with knowledge in various areas of employee benefits and ACA legislation. Employers are encouraged to discuss any questions they have with a Hixme representative, either before a specific plan has been selected or in the wake of a recent transition.
For more information on Hixme services and ACA compliance, please visit www.hixme.com.
Denny Weinberg has more than four decades of management and executive experience, having led companies in a diverse range of industries, including real estate, aviation, and health insurance. Since 2014, Denny Weinberg has served as chief executive officer of Hixme, a private health care exchange that has prepared strategically to continue coordinating quality care regardless of the fate of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
Despite Obamacare being in danger of repeal in 2017, Hixme plans to continue helping employers reduce benefit costs and helping employees access a network of more than 3,800 plans. The company is based on a business model that keeps it insulated from the fate of Obamacare, which will likely remain controversial throughout 2017.
For years, Hixme has consulted with experienced advisors in Washington in order to be prepared for this scenario. If Congress tries to target the public exchanges and eliminate tax credits in favor of other subsidies, Hixme will be prepared because it has tapped into the broader insurance market beyond the health care exchanges created under Obamacare.
Further, to replace Obamacare, Congress may emphasize more use of pretax savings benefits in an effort to make health care coverage more portable between states. Hixme’s coverage is already portable and is grounded in a “bundling” approach that integrates pretax savings, health insurance, and other banking components.
Hixme plans to continue to provide a variety of options that meet individuals’ need for high-quality, flexible coverage regardless of the fate of Obamacare.
Denny Weinberg joined a founding team to become the chief executive officer of the digital health benefits technology company, Hixme.com. During a legendary career with Wellpoint (now Anthem), Denny Weinberg was widely regarded among other things, as an original architect of the preferred provider (PPO) health insurance model, still the most prominent form of Managed Care.
A PPO brings together medical doctors, hospitals, and other ancillary providers with an insurer to provide health care services to its member clients at reduced prices. A PPO health care plan has its own network of doctors and physicians, referred to as in-network providers, who are available to treat any of the participating clients without the financial hassles of claims, patient billing and reimbursements. PPO patients can still go to an “out-of-network” provider, but they will pay more; additionally, they will have to pay the costs themselves, then later file a claim with the PPO to be reimbursed. This is a largely misunderstood option and often very workable when people have special relationships with doctors that they don’t want to interrupt. People learn over time, that when a doctor says, “I don’t take that plan”, what they really mean is I am “out of network”, but happy so be your doctor. Often, a patient receiving care from an “out of network doctor or other provider” will discount their bill since the patient will be paying cash up front and then billing their insurance company later.
Some of the benefits of PPO health plans are flexibility, in that members are free to choose a physician from the wide variety of physicians covered in the plan and can do so without first getting a referral from a Primary Care Physician (PCP), and reduced paperwork for members who visit in-network physicians.
Renal Ventures Management, LLC
In addition leading Skyview, LLC, as Managing Member and Hixme, as CEO, Denny Weinberg serves on several corporate boards. Included among the companies that Denny Weinberg has served as board member is Renal Ventures Management, LLC, a Lakewood, Colorado-based organization that works with hospitals and other medical centers to provide dialysis services.
In its efforts to improve health outcomes for those with kidney issues, Renal Ventures oversees a variety of patient-centered programs, including Renal Ventures Team Linked Care (RV TLC). Founded in 2014, the RV TLC program helps dialysis clinics work more closely with hospitals to ensure that kidney patients receive the comprehensive care needed to stay out of the hospital.
The RV TLC program improves communication between hospitals and Renal Ventures staff and ensures that patients receive the medication, consultations, and other resources required to maintain their health following a hospital stay. The program has been very successful overall and was associated with a 40 percent decrease in re-hospitalizations during its first year. Recently, Renal Ventures expanded RV TLC to focus on providing nutritional supplements in order to further improve patient outcomes.
Denny Weinberg’s 25 years of experience in healthcare operations, turnarounds and innovation has been reflected in advanced solutions to companies he has led, clients he has advised and portfolio companies he has directed. Now, as the recently appointed CEO of Hixme, Inc., a venture funded technology and health care startup, Denny Weinberg helps facilitate large employer’s migration through challenges and opportunities brought about by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
HIXME, located in Calabasas, California, was founded and is led by a highly respected team of health benefit and health care professionals with expertise in technology and servicing for larger employer health related benefits. HIXME helps these large companies discover and leverage a less obvious, but much simpler and more effective employee health plan strategy. The company accomplishes this through collaboration with their customers and the broader health care industry in unique ways and delivering a completely “portable” employee platform not possible until the enactment of the ACA.
Many employers engage in an expensive annual process of re-designing and re-structuring a health coverage solution, essentially creating their own health benefits company, and taking on the associated costs and risks of doing so, expending energy on matters outside their core competencies. They have been led to believe this customized approach is most effective, despite its cost and complexity.
Hixme looks at the subtleties of its clients’ business and determines how to migrate the company to a plan that creates more value for employees through direct employee ownership, leveraging the massive retail market of choices and stability. As the employer’s benefit consultant, Hixme starts this transition process, fully appreciating the client’s current position and approach and then helps the client through a “path of migration” best suited to each individual employer’s natural pacing and complexity. Once this strategy is in place, each employee can access a new and portable system of health and related insurance and the employer is able to get out of the messy and costly roles of designer / provider and into the much more important roles of facilitator / contributor.