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Dress More Casual

2020-01-30T15:57:08+00:00

Non-technical staffing company Randstad US reports that 79% of employers offer casual, business casual or no dress code at all. Even investment bank Goldman Sachs has reportedly relaxed its dress code in response to the changing nature of workplaces. While most employers are considering increased flexibility to be a welcome benefit, many employees appreciate [...]

Dress More Casual2020-01-30T15:57:08+00:00

Department of Labor Releases 2020 Adjusted Penalty Amounts

2020-01-28T21:59:55+00:00

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) have issued adjusted/updated civil monetary penalties for a myriad of benefits related violations. The Departments are required by law to provide their annual adjustments by January 15th each year. The 2020 penalties will not be assessed until after January 15, 2020 [...]

Department of Labor Releases 2020 Adjusted Penalty Amounts2020-01-28T21:59:55+00:00

Communicate Better. Benefit More.

2020-01-23T19:53:00+00:00

Communication and helping plan members get the most out of their health plan should be an all year round endeavor. Surveys continue to indicate that even highly educated employees describe benefits, insurance and the enrollment process as “very confusing.” Consider academic research by the Commonwealth Fund and a recent study by Accenture. While one points [...]

Communicate Better. Benefit More.2020-01-23T19:53:00+00:00

Physicians Push to Ease Pre-Authorization

2020-01-16T15:32:47+00:00

Doctors representing several Physician associations recently appeared before the U.S. House of Representatives to encourage legislators to streamline the prior authorization process which they say is out of control. A spokesperson representing the American Academy of Family Physicians said that a process initially implemented to prevent unnecessary and extremely costly treatment has led to physician [...]

Physicians Push to Ease Pre-Authorization2020-01-16T15:32:47+00:00

Diversified Group’s State Update

2020-01-02T17:26:16+00:00

New Jersey: Health Insurance Mandate In 2018, New Jersey Governor, Phil Murphy, signed into law The New Jersey Health Insurance Market Preservation Act. This law requires all New Jersey residents to have health insurance or pay a penalty. Lawmakers in New Jersey drafted this legislation in response to the decision to eliminate the ACA individual mandate with the [...]

Diversified Group’s State Update2020-01-02T17:26:16+00:00

Subtle Signs of Diabetes

2019-12-27T16:26:38+00:00

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 30 million Americans have diabetes – a chronic condition that happens when your body doesn’t produce enough insulin or process sugar efficiently. The surprising thing is that about 7.5 million people are diabetic and don’t know it! Doctors say if you’re over 45 years of age, are overweight [...]

Subtle Signs of Diabetes2019-12-27T16:26:38+00:00

For Her Head Cold, Insurer Coughed Up $25,865

2019-12-26T17:10:40+00:00

When Alexa Kasdan's sore throat lingered for more than a week, she went to her doctor. The doctor sent her throat swab and blood draw to an out-of-network lab for sophisticated DNA tests, resulting in a $28,395.50 bill. (Shelby Knowles for Kaiser Health News). This article was published on December 23, 2019 on NPR, written [...]

For Her Head Cold, Insurer Coughed Up $25,8652019-12-26T17:10:40+00:00

Hospital Errors Rose 7% In 2018

2019-12-23T16:21:23+00:00

This article was published on December 18, 2019 on Connecticut Health I-Team, written by Cara Rosner. Photo Source: Connecticut Health I-Team. The number of “adverse events” occurring at Connecticut hospitals rose 7% in 2018, compared with the previous year, with a growing number of patients suffering serious injury or death associated with falls, according to [...]

Hospital Errors Rose 7% In 20182019-12-23T16:21:23+00:00