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Is there really a “right” way to do worksite wellness?

2020-02-27T15:02:25+00:00

Wellness must be relevant and easily accessible to your employees. Studies have shown that worksite wellness programs generate anywhere from $1.50 to $6.00 in healthcare savings for every dollar spent. Our worksite wellness subsidiary, Corporate Fitness & Health (CF&H), confirms that the vast majority of clients agree that their program has lowered healthcare costs and [...]

Is there really a “right” way to do worksite wellness?2020-02-27T15:02:25+00:00

Cost Increases Outpace Wages

2020-02-20T17:36:13+00:00

The Kaiser Family Foundation employee health benefits survey for 2019 shows that the cost of annual premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance plans have reached $20,576. While there are differences between small and large employer groups, costs are rising faster than wages for both and average contributions by employees have reached $1,242 for single coverage and [...]

Cost Increases Outpace Wages2020-02-20T17:36:13+00:00

Wellness Budgets Rising

2020-02-13T15:41:55+00:00

While the National Business Group on Health has forecasted a 5% increase in the cost of healthcare benefits, others are expecting employers to dedicate more resources to health and wellness. More emphasis will also be placed on the use of digital tools to identify lower cost providers and boost employee engagement. Experts say the trend [...]

Wellness Budgets Rising2020-02-13T15:41:55+00:00

Moving Patients Can Be a Win-Win

2020-02-06T15:40:21+00:00

From hospitals to insurers, you’ve probably heard many say that the goal is to provide the right healthcare, at the right time, in the right place. When it comes to the infusion of high-priced specialty drugs, location can make a huge difference. As an example, the variance in the cost of hospital-administered multiple sclerosis drugs [...]

Moving Patients Can Be a Win-Win2020-02-06T15:40:21+00:00

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
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