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Informed Enrollment Strategies to Move the CDHP-Adoption Dial
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A Weighty Question
A recent study by a British medical-research organization has determined that online weight-loss programs can be just as effective as their in-person counterparts, but experts agree that employee motivation remains the key to success.
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Here We Go (Again)
The challenges employers will soon face when implementing healthcare reform echo the same ones they wrestled with when traditional pension programs began giving way to defined-contribution plans decades ago.
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Employer Flexibility Key in Breast Cancer Survivors' Return to Work
Employers can play a major role in a patient's recovery from breast cancer, experts say, but they must be willing to be flexible, and communication is crucial.
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The Trouble With Tobacco Testing
There may be some legal issues around organizations testing their employees for tobacco use, but whether the benefits outweigh the costs largely depends on a company's culture.
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Balancing Benefits Communication
Recent research shows a majority of companies struggle with communicating benefits information to employees on a year-round basis. Experts urge HR leaders to incorporate the technology and tools at their disposal to make communication strategies more successful, and to document their efforts to ensure consistency.
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Playing Games at Work
I love to play games -- something that started as a kid and continues to surprise my mom. She thought I outgrew this fascination.
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Numbers Don't Bode Well for Blue-Collar Health
With a new report showing blue-collar workers are more prone to illness than other groups, experts say HR's challenge is to understand the unique aspects of their own workforces' well-being as well as the unique things they're going to have to do as an employer to address its workers' needs.
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On Target
With healthcare costs only going up, employers are getting aggressive about motivating unhealthy and chronically ill workers to get healthy.
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Confusion Reigns Over ACA Implementation
With the 2014 deadline approaching for implementing major provisions under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, many employees covered through their employers are already receiving letters informing them of the ACA's "Medical Loss Ratio" requirement.
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Wellness Program Passes ADA Fitness Test
A recent ruling by the 11th Circuit suggests that there are circumstances where an organization can offer a "non-voluntary" wellness program without running afoul of the ADA, according to legal experts.
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Corporate Health Care Exchange Survey
See the results of Aon Hewitt's survey of 562 organizations in its Corporate Health Care Exchange Survey and report.
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How Healthcare-Reform Ruling will Affect Play-or-Pay
The U.S. Supreme Court made up its mind on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Now, it's "play or pay" decision-time for employers.
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A Line of Sight
Companies are finding that vision plans can do more than just help their aging workforce with eye care. But getting employee buy-in isn't necessarily a snap.
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Getting It Right
Against the backdrop of healthcare reform, planning and prioritizing for open enrollment is more crucial than ever.
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Is Healthcare Spending Beginning to Stabilize?
While healthcare spending for employers should grow at a historically low rate in 2013, it continues to escalate at double-digit levels around the globe in 2012.
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Specialty Drugs, Spiraling Costs
Thanks to the rise of generics, pharmaceutical-benefit costs have been dropping -- with one glaring exception: specialty drugs.
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The 'Grand Experiments'
Are corporate exchanges the answer to soaring healthcare costs?
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Wal-Mart may turn the primary-care industry on its ear with its new, convenient and highly accessible extended-care centers, where treatment will be provided to employees and consumers alike.
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