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The 'Grand Experiments'
Are corporate exchanges the answer to soaring healthcare costs?
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Private Healthcare Exchanges Are Here to Stay
Oliver Wyman's latest research shows that private exchanges are no fad -- they're a very real consideration for employers, with at least 50 percent of employers willing to leverage them for a 10 percent cost savings.
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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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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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Employer-Provided Healthcare: One Size Does Not Fit All
Offering all participants in a healthcare program equal access and opportunity to receive quality care and medical purchasing efficiency should be the goal of any organization. Experts say eliminating structural and language barriers, and respecting the cultural context of each individual employee or their family members, are the keys to success.
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The Global Nomad's Retirement Puzzle
The flattening of the business world has given rise to an international cadre of global nomads, or expatriates who constantly roam the planet on assignment for their companies. While the benefits of such a lifestyle can be plentiful to both employer and employee, viable options for retirement programs for these nomads have been limited, until now.
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The Global Nomad's Retirement Puzzle
The flattening of the business world has given rise to an international cadre of global nomads, or expatriates who constantly roam the planet on assignment for their companies. While the benefits of such a lifestyle can be plentiful to both employer and employee, viable options for retirement programs for these nomads have been limited, until now.
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Psychiatric Disabilities in the Workplace
Psychiatric disabilities are considered just as legitimate as physical disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act. Here's how HR can best handle these sensitive situations when they arise for workers.
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Revisiting the Hybrid Option
Smaller employers appear to be embracing cash-balance plans at a double-digit rate. Large employers, however, are another story, though some experts suggest greater regulatory clarity could spur more to add the option going forward.
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Study: OSHA Inspections Reducing Claims
Many business leaders are of the opinion that Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspections are costly and undermine productivity. But a new study implies that couldn't be further from the truth.
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Wake-Up Call
Employers should pay heed to mounting evidence that sleep apnea is to blame for employee accidents and rising healthcare costs.
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Disorder of Magnitude
In the world of journalism, a writer sometimes needs to just go where the story takes him or her.
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Weighty Occupations
A new CareerBuilder survey of more than 5,700 workers finds certain occupations have a higher incidence of workers reporting weight gain, often tied to more sedentary or high-stress positions. Among those most likely to report gaining weight are:
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Employers Shifting Benefits Costs, Choices to Employees
As healthcare costs continue to rise, companies expect to give employees greater responsibility for choosing their benefits and contributing to the cost, according to a survey of senior finance executives by Prudential Financial Inc. and CFO Research Services.
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COLAs Vanishing from Pension Plans
Much like rotary phones, snail mail and pension plans in general, cost-of-living allowances are increasingly becoming a thing of the past, new research finds. But, for those organizations considering a COLA, experts say they should implement one on an age-segmented basis to the workforce.
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The Play-or-Pay Decision for Employers
The U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling on healthcare reform moved the national conversation forward. Now, employers are plotting their next moves, but what factors will weigh most heavily in their decision to either "pay" or "play"?
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OSHA Boomerang?
The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has delivered a positive decision for employers regarding workplace-related injury and illness. Yet, say employment-law experts, the decision -- while maintaining the status quo regarding certain reporting guidelines -- does have the potential for uncertainty in the future.
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Lost and Found
Some plans sponsors go to greater lengths than others to find ways to reunite former employees with their retirement funds.
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There is a long consideration list to review before making the move to a private exchange. If you don't like the current blueprint for exchanges, express your opinion and wait. Things may shift again soon.
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