Health reform costs drive employers to migrate toward consumer-driven plans

Article Written by:   Matt Dunning  Taken From:  Business Insurance A growing percentage of mid-market employers are migrating toward high-deductible, consumer-driven health plans, partly in response to added financial burdens resulting from the federal health care reform law. Continu
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State of North Carolina reduces cost-shifting

Article Written by:  Kathleen Koster   Taken From:  EBN Benefits leaders for the State of North Carolina’s health plan – which covers state employees as well as teachers – have implemented successful disease management programs, which not only have helped improve pop
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A faster, cheaper way to wellness programs that work

Article Written by:  Vlad Gyster   Taken From: EBN The debate over whether wellness programs “work” is becoming increasingly heated. Many question the validity of research demonstrating that wellness programs reduce health care costs. At the same time, others swear by thei
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HHS clarifies ‘religious employer’ rules

Article Written by:  Kate Bongiovanni   Taken From:  EBN The Department of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury recently released final rules on the application of the contraceptive coverage requirements under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to certain rel
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The future of mini-meds

Article Written by:  Brian Kalish   Taken From:  EBN The Affordable Care Act will eliminate one type of mini medical plan, while making minor changes to another, experts say. Even so, there is an onus to act now. Under the act, expense-incurred plans will cease to exist, as they fail
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Cost savings attributed to self-funding, wellness

Article Written by:  Tristan Lejeune  Taken From: EBN Dianne Howard has understandably made a number of changes during her tenure as director of risk and benefits management with the School District of Palm Beach County, Fla. – after all, she’s been there for 18 years. One
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Transitional reinsurance program ‘complex’

Article Written by:  Andrea  Davis   Taken From:  EBN The Affordable Care Act’s transitional reinsurance program aims to stabilize the individual health insurance market as, starting in 2014, insurers provide coverage to large numbers of individuals who don’t currently hav
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HIPAA hurdles

Article Written by:  Joe Carlson   Taken From:   Modern Healthcare Safeguarding patients’ personal health information has become a more complicated job—and potentially more punitive—thanks to a raft of new federal rules going into effect this week for healthcare companies and an
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Obamacare’s positive economic news

Article Written by:  Merrill Goozner  Taken From:  Modern Healthcare The never-ending and ill-informed debate in Washington over defunding Obamacare has almost entirely drowned out public understanding of the law’s positive impact on the economy. We’re only a few months aw
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Gaining strength

Article Written by:  Melanie Evans   Taken From:  Modern Healthcare The long slump in healthcare spending, whose growth slowed as the economy plunged into recession and never recovered, may be about to end. Actuaries at the CMS said last week that healthcare spending growth will gain
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