1. How likely is someone aged 25 to 44 to have an emergency department visit? What is the probability of having two visits? What is a typical charge for emergency department visit? On the basis of your answers, would someone aged 25 to 44 willing to buy coverage for emergency department care (with a $50 copayment) if it cost $250 per year?
2. Your vice president is an accountant and believes that accountants make the best practice managers. One of the three finalists for a practice management has an accounting background. Everyone on the search team has ranked this candidate lowest of the finalists. You fear that your vice president will tend to selectively read the team's recommendations and lean toward hiring this person. What can you do to offset this potential confirmation bias?
3. Thirty-four percent of the employees in your health system are obese, and 16 percent of their children are obese as well. Obese employees are less productive, have higher medical costs, and miss more work. Employees with obese children also miss more work, so persuading employees and their families to lose weight looks like a good investment for the system. In fact, effective, clearly cost-effective interventions are available to reduce obesity, and you offer them to your employees and their families. You have recently begun to make weight loss interventions available for free, but only 1 percent of your employees have signed up for them. What behavioral economics tools can you use to help your employees lose weight?
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