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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 13:56

On Wellness, One Size Fits ONE

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Guest Article by Brad Cooper, CEO of US Corporate Wellness

 

The research is in, and it warrants an exclamation point!  An effective employee wellness program will provide a 125-600% ROI or more through decreased health care, sick time and disability costs, as well as improved recruitment, retention and employee engagement (and that doesn’t take into account the personal enhancements participants experience in their own lives!).  The result of this research has been a two-fold increase in the number of organizations that have launched wellness programs for their employees in recent years.  Only one problem – the first word in the phrase “Effective Employee Wellness Program.”

 

There are many approaches to employee wellness.  Common entry level approaches include holding an internal “biggest loser”-like contest or providing paid memberships at the local health club. 

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 23:43

21st Century Cures Act and Small Employer HRAs

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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.” 

Wednesday, 25 January 2017 20:13

Update on ACA Repeal and Replace Strategy

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It was no secret before President Trump signed the executive order that he wanted the Affordable Care Act (ACA) repealed, and now he has made his intentions clear. His first signed executive order requires federal agencies to ease the economic burden of the ACA “to the maximum extent permitted by law” until it is repealed. Although the executive order doesn’t grant the administration any powers that it didn’t already have, it does signal to the public that change is coming. 

One of the root causes of rising healthcare costs is that services are often delivered in more costly locations than needed.  Anyone who has attended a Fall River enrollment meeting knows that we continually educate employees about how accessing care in the right place can save time and money.  
 
One way to do this is to become more familiar with Convenience Care Clinics, or Retail Health Clinics. These walk-in clinics in some grocery stores and pharmacies allow you to access care immediately, without waiting for a doctor’s appointment or visiting a more expensive Urgent Care center. 
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. 
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