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Employee Satisfaction with CDHPs Grows
Consumer-driven health plans are gaining popularity among workers. What's driving this trend?
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Sep 18, 2013
Putting the Brakes on Healthcare Spending
A recent PwC report suggests healthcare spending rates are slowing down, defying post-recession patterns. While experts say the drop could just be a natural leveling off, more organizations may begin to make bigger, bolder changes to benefit plan designs in an effort to keep costs trending down.
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Jul 11, 2013
Five Key Healthcare-Reform Considerations for HR
The key aspects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act have become well known to most employers, but there remain more than a few issues that haven't received as much attention but still need to be addressed by HR executives.
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Mar 6, 2013
Wrestling With Metrics
A session at the first-ever Health & Benefits Leadership Conference aims to show how employers are relying on an expanded set of metrics to manage health and productivity data, and to foster a healthier workforce.
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Feb 7, 2013
Healthcare Benefits Keep Evolving
Employers are keeping their healthcare costs down, in part by continuing to shift more costs to their employees. Private healthcare exchanges represent the next step in this approach.
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Dec 13, 2012
Informed Enrollment Strategies to Move the CDHP-Adoption Dial
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Dec 6, 2012
Game Change
In an effort to help employees better understand their benefit options -- and make them partners in the effort to control costs -- some companies are making serious changes to their benefits-communication strategies.
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Jun 2, 2012
Is the Price Right?
The rise of high-deductible plans is leading more organizations to demand "price transparency" from their healthcare providers.
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Jun 2, 2012
Employers May Need Help, Too
This article accompanies Choosing Wisely.
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May 1, 2011
Choosing Wisely
As more employers make changes to their benefit offerings to adapt to rising costs, some are turning to tools designed to help employees decide which plan is best for them.
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May 1, 2011
Transparency Gaining Steam
With consumer-driven health plans increasing in popularity -- more than half of U.S. companies will offer such plans in 2011 -- employers must provide as much medical cost and quality information as possible to enable informed decisions.
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Dec 9, 2010
Time We Faced the Truth about CDHPs
In the story entitled "The Myth of Consumer-Directed Health Plans" (May 2010 issue), I was pleased to read that others are starting to realize consumer-directed plans are not what people are led to believe. Unfortunately, too many of us still blame the insured for the problem rather than the system. The problem is in the system. Consider the following:
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Aug 1, 2010
Supplemental Security
Time was when voluntary benefits -- electives funded primarily by employees via payroll deductions -- were mainly thought of as extras, such as pet insurance and prepaid legal plans, to sweeten the benefits pot. But today, in the age of high-deductible insurance plans, more workers are turning to them for the security that many core benefits packages can no longer provide.
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May 1, 2010 Apr 23, 2010
The Myth of Consumer-Directed Health Plans
A recent survey reveals that cost trends for high-deductible health plans eventually rise at the same rate as those for other types of health plans. Lack of employee engagement, inadequate quality measurements and skyrocketing healthcare-delivery costs are factors.
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Mar 31, 2010
Raising the Stakes
Raising the Stakes | Human Resource Executive Online Results from Mercer's annual employer survey reveal how the stress of the downturn is affecting costs and options in employee healthcare.
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Oct 16, 2009
Employers Skeptical of Healthcare Reforms, Planning to Reduce Costs
A recent Mercer survey on healthcare finds that large employers are more likely than mid-sized and small organizations to approve of two key elements of the Obama administration's proposed healthcare reforms. The survey also indicated that the percentage of employers offering consumer-directed healthcare plans could double next year.
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Jul 1, 2009
A Considered Approach
Although more organizations are turning to consumer-directed health plans to keep healthcare costs low, selling employees on the plans can be a challenge. An expert offers some successful strategies.
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May 2, 2009