The Future of Employee Benefits Blog

At Maxwell Health, our aim is to fix health care in America. To do that, we've built an operating system for employee benefits.

Gardening in the City: Square Foot Gardens

Posted on Jul 29, 2014 11:25:00 AM by Ali Desjardin

 Living in a city, or maybe a place with little to no space for a traditional garden? There is a new craze in the gardening sphere that allows for the best of both worlds: having a garden, while living in the city. The answer is: Square Foot Gardening.

At Maxwell, our offices are in Boston and New York City: two major cities that are not known for massive backyards and private gardens. Square foot gardens (SFG) allow the user to garden in even the smallest of spaces.

My dad started using square foot gardens a year ago. From what I’ve seen, they are infinitely easier to maintain than the traditional plots. He grows tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, and even mini-watermelons! All of these delicious fruits and veggies are grown right on our front porch. The amazing thing is, when it starts to get cold, as it does in New England, he can simply put them in the basement to preserve them during the winter months.

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A Short Guide to Insurance Acronyms

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 3:50:00 PM by Ali Desjardin

Am I the only one who is baffled by all of the different acronyms involved with insurance? There is actually a website that claims over 1,000 insurance acronyms and abbreviations! HSA, CDHP, PCP, HIPAA, IRA, PPO, PEO-- trust me, the list goes on. Insurance alphabet soup!

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The Benefits of Millennials

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 10:49:00 AM by Ali Desjardin

One of the most common hurdles that Maxwell Health faces in the benefits/insurance realm is how to make the field interesting and palatable for the "young invincibles". And let me tell you-- we are doing an awesome job.

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A Culture of Appreciation

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 10:04:00 AM by Ali Desjardin

We conclude our weekly team meetings at Maxwell Health with a round of appreciations. There is no grand ceremony, people rarely clap, and no one gets a medal. These appreciations are genuine and given without the expectation of getting anything in return.

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8 Movies About Health, Wellness, and Other Drugs

Posted on Jul 22, 2014 9:33:00 AM by Ali Desjardin

Good movies are contagious, right? Maxwell Health thinks so!

8. Side Effects

Not my favorite movie, but worth a watch if you like movies about health and prescription drug drama. The cast had me thinking that this would be great, but it was good. IMDb really liked the movie (especially compared to the other movies on this list). Depression, drugs, prison, and Rooney Mara—it isn’t a complete waste of time!

IMDb: A young woman’s world unravels when a drug prescribed by her psychiatrist has unexpected side effects.

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Meditating Meditation: Maxwell’s Morning Mindfulness

Posted on Jul 22, 2014 9:04:00 AM by Ali Desjardin

A gong chimes from an iPhone app, members of the Maxwell team are sitting on pillows in the “living room.”

Eyes closed, legs crossed -- these fifteen minutes can change a whole day.

The gong app chimes again and the meditators are back to work. The pre-workday group was started by Andrew Ellis and Cory Noonan in order to de-stress and focus before a long day of work.

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One Week Later: The Maxwell Health Launch Party 2014

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 11:55:00 AM by Ali Desjardin

On Monday, July 14, we hosted a launch party for the ages at the Maxwell Health Boston Headquarters. We spent the weekend decking out our (admittedly already awesome) office space with festive lights, and we teamed up with some awesome local companies like Harpoon Brewery, Downeast Cider House, 90+ Cellars and BoLoCo to provide food and drink!

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The Sweet Song of Success: Music and Productivity

Posted on Jul 17, 2014 5:07:00 PM by Ali Desjardin


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Topics: Music

Maxwell Takes a Stand: 10 Benefits of Standing Workstations

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 10:29:00 AM by Ali Desjardin

Over the past several decades, the US has perpetuated a society of sitters. “Sitter-syndrome” is so common that the thought of standing while working seems too different and, frankly, unrealistic. Though these views still exist in “traditional” workplaces, Maxwell Health has never followed the “traditional” model. At Maxwell, health is central. In an effort to supply a culture of health, employees stand for a large portion of the day. Standing has several benefits, and Maxwell Health is all about benefits.

As an employee at Maxwell Health, I have seen and experienced the positives of standing during the day. (Disclaimer: I am definitely not an anti-sitting lobbyist, but adding a few more hours of standing to my day has really helped.)

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Topics: blog

3 Radical Changes in the Way We Pay for Health Care

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 9:58:47 AM by Ted Phillips


One Medical, a concierge-style primary care practice, touts on-time or early appointment times. (source: One Medical)

Health reform through the ACA has started to change the ways people access health care and affect the relative premium affordability, but what if the underlying setup was the real problem? Why is it that one deductible, or one set of copays, or one plan determines how a patient interacts with and pays for their care? There are a number of innovations happening on the payment side of health care, in the areas of primary care, chronic disease, and large ticket items, but these innovations sometimes struggle under the current plan design setup. This may just be the next wave of disruption in health insurance.

1. Primary Care

Primary care makes up a large part of how most experience health care throughout their lives. A 2010 study outlined that 50% of the population only spends about $250 each year, much of which is on primary care (these include the annual preventative check-up which is now free with the PPACA, late night illness, or bumps and bruises that don’t require an ER trip). One way physicians are disrupting the primary care space is through concierge medicine, where patients pay an annual fee or retainer which may or may not be in addition to other charges.

For that fee, the doctor provides enhanced care, including a principal commitment to limit patient loads to ensure adequate time and availability for each patient. There is a growing number of concierge primary care practices throughout the country (One Medical as an example) that plan to remake the primary care system. However, many still operate with some level of insurance involved. What if they didn’t?

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Topics: aca, ppaca, health care reform, health care, medical tourism, primary care, reference-based pricing