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Scott Nitowski

Scott Nitowski

Tuesday, 31 October 2017 06:56

How do Your Benefits Stack Up?

The Kaiser Family Foundation has released their 2017 Annual National Employer Benefits Survey.  This survey compares employer-sponsored health benefits for private and nonfederal employers with three or more workers.  
 
Do you know how your current plans stack up to the competition?  Fall River uses this Kaiser survey and other local data to offer complimentary benchmarking consultations to ensure your specific benefits and contributions are attracting/retaining the top talent in your field. To sign up for a benchmarking session, existing clients can contact their Client Manager, and others can click here to get started.  
Tuesday, 26 September 2017 18:59

HRIS Technology: To Digital Infinity and Beyond

Habits are hard to kick and people are hesitant to change, but it’s no secret that HR functions are leaving the paper-based world and moving digital.  Digital signatures, cloud computing and online benefits platforms are areas we are seeing most HR professionals gravitating towards.  The major reasons we are seeing this transition from manual to digital processes is for increased efficiency, employee engagement, and bottom line cost savings.  
Tuesday, 29 August 2017 11:16

Making Wellness Wearables Work

Employers are constantly looking for ways to create effective, value-driven wellness programs for employees.  Wearables, such as various Fitbits (Charge 2, Blaze and Alta HR) and the Garmin Vivoactive, or watches from Apple or Samsung, have become a common motivational tool for employers who are implementing wellness programs. 

A recent survey conducted by Springbuk found that 35 percent of employers are currently using wearable devices. 
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 14:11

Filing Deadline for PCORI Fees 7/31/2017

The Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee is due July 31, 2017 for employers with any type of self-funded plan and/or a Health Reimbursement Arrangement. 

The fee helps fund unbiased research that evaluates the clinical effectiveness of medical treatments regardless of the profit potential. This fee is also known as the Comparative Effectiveness Research Fee, or CERF.

Employers are naturally concerned about their rising healthcare costs, and are always looking for ways to cope with this ongoing situation.  While Fall River helps its clients create year-round strategies to address costs over the long term, some employers need some short term or one-time savings. 
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 08:27

Benchmarking your Benefits

Evaluating your current benefit plan with the intent to attract and retain top talent is more crucial than ever. Benchmarking gives employers a chance to compare their current plan and contribution strategy to that elusive “standard practice.” Fall River helps its clients understand how they stack up, and we will soon be sharing a new benchmarking document with all our clients. 
 
When was the last time you measured your benefits package against other employers?
One of the most difficult times for any business is following the death of an employee. Thinking ahead and being prepared for this unfortunate circumstance will help ease the burden.

The 21st Century Cures Act was signed into law on December 13, 2016 by then President Obama. The bulk of the Cures Act covers areas such as medical research and drug and device approvals. This new law also revokes a ban in effect since 2014 on small employer pre-tax funding of individual health insurance premiums. Beginning in 2017, this new act will allow small employers to create “Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements” or “QSEHRAs.” 

In President-Elect Trump’s administration, changes to our healthcare landscape seem to be inevitable.  Nominations for many prominent cabinet positions have already been made and will be considered by Congress starting in January.  What should you expect?  

Here are the three nominees that we think will most impact you as an employer. 
 
The largest increase for the individual market in Colorado, since the inception in 2014 of the Affordable Care Act Exchanges, will go into effect in 2017. Therefore, most small group insurance plans are now a better value than individual plans. As a result, some small businesses who dropped coverage to send their employees to the then cheaper individual market, are now thinking of going back to group. 
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