Maria Opdycke

Recent Posts

How Employers Can Fight the Stigma of Taking Sick Days

It always seems to happen: You have three big projects crossing over each other, a presentation, and barely enough time to get it all done in the work week. And then you feel a cold coming on. It’s not just the sniffles, or something you could push...

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[Interview] Essential employee benefit trends you can’t afford to miss

We recently had the opportunity to chat with Adam Kroeger, a Client Executive at Truss LLC. Adam believes that by being strategic and consultative, he can provide solutions to his clients that are far from commodities that could easily be provided...

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Dr. Friedman, First Stop Health CMO: Physicians Should be Innovators

Chief Medical Officer at First Stop Health and emergency room physician Dr. Mark Friedman answers questions about medicine and the medical system on

What's the biggest barrier to practicing medicine today?

The biggest barrier to...

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4 Reasons Embedded Telemedicine Is Not Free

When it comes to telemedicine benefits, beware the words “it’s included,” “no additional cost,” or “free”. These phrases may be harmless describing a set of Ginsu knives on late night infomercials, but they should raise red flags coming from...

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Phew! Happy New Year... Happy New Benefits

2017 is here! A new year and a clean slate. For many, this is a time buzzing with the excitement of new goals and resolutions. However, for many others, after the ball has dropped and the confetti fallen, it can become a time of worry.

Just as sure...

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Chicago Tribune Reports First Stop Health's Clients Have Highest Utilization of Telemedicine

That wasn’t the headline of the article published in the Chicago Tribune on Sunday Oct. 10, but it should have been. I was excited when the Chicago Tribune called me to talk about First Stop Health’s telemedicine solution. But when the article came...

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Using Your Carrier’s Telemedicine Service Could Cost More Than $500K

The old adage “You get what you pay for” is a quote I often find myself muttering when I choose the cheaper option. In the end, those irresistible deals don’t always turn out to be a sound investment with an optimal ROI.

This is especially true...

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Removing Barriers from Telemedicine Use

Seeing a doctor when you are sick can be a hassle. First, you have to figure out where to go. Then you have to get there, register, wait, pay, hopefully see a doctor in under an hour or two, and then finally get home via the pharmacy, which...

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Cheap and Easy Telemedicine Benefits Are a Waste of Your Money

“I saw a billboard here in Washington D.C. advertising vision correction surgery, and the billboard claimed that they have “the cheapest Lasik in town.” And I’m thinking, ‘If you’re going to be operating on my eyeballs with a laser beam, I don’t...

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