Prescription Drugs from Vending Machines


If Florida House Bill HB59 becomes law, Floridians will be able to use video conferencing technology to speak with a pharmacist and obtain prescription drugs dispensed by automated pharmacy systems or vending machines. The systems, manufactured by Canadian company MedAvail, are currently in use in hospitals located in Jacksonville and Miami, Florida. [...]

Prescription Drugs from Vending Machines2020-04-02T14:47:22+00:00

ACA exchange warns of 40% or more premium increase in 2021 due to COVID-19


This article was published on March 25, 2020, written by Katie Kuehner-Hebert. Photo source Covered California's actuarial/policy brief recommends that Congress consider three actions now to mitigate impact. Congress needs to mitigate what could be substantial cost increases for both insurers and their members due to the COVID-19 pandemic, warns Covered California, the [...]

ACA exchange warns of 40% or more premium increase in 2021 due to COVID-192020-03-27T15:23:52+00:00

DG Compliance Update: Handling Benefits During a Furlough or Temporary Layoff


In light of the nation's response to COVID-19 and the resultant economic downturn, employers of all sizes face a dilemma of evaluating employee head counts. Many employers are considering furloughs or temporary layoffs to reduce immediate payroll, hoping the downturn lasts for a period of a few weeks instead of months. Below is a list [...]

DG Compliance Update: Handling Benefits During a Furlough or Temporary Layoff2020-03-26T21:43:09+00:00

Cost Increases Outpace Wages


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

Moving Patients Can Be a Win-Win


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

Communicate Better. Benefit More.


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


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

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


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