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Category: Health Reform

May Resources to Manage Cost & Quality of Health Benefits

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Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, May 15, 2017 | 0 comments

5 Things Employers Would Change About the ACA

Given a magic wand, employers would make signficiant changes to the ACA. Here are the top 5 changes, according to John Barkett of Willis Towers Watson: Eliminate the Cadillac Tax Approve the Small Business Healthcare Relief Act Keep pushing health care delivery system reforms --- and enforcing anti-trust rules End the employer mandate Adopt provisions that better address the root causes of the high-cost of health care  Read John's article in Employee Benefit... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, May 27, 2016 | 0 comments

Uninsured Rate Decreases to 9.2% in First Quarter 2015

According to a Dan Mangan September 1, 2015 blog post for CNBC: "In the first three months of 2015, the CDC said, the rate of people without health insurance stood at 9.2 percent. That's down from 11.5 percent in the same period in 2014, and represents a 20 percent reduction in the uninsured rate over the past year.In absolute numbers, 29 million people lacked health insurance in early 2015, compared with 36 million people in 2014. That number reached a high 48.6 million in 2010, the year... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, September 3, 2015 | 0 comments

Fewer People Skipping Medical Care for Cost Reasons

According to the September 1, 2015 Amy Goldstein article in the Washington Post: "During the first three months of the year, just 1 in 20 Americans said they did not get medical care they needed because they could not afford it, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The findings, from the federal National Health Interview Survey, show that 4.4 percent of people interviewed from January through March said they had skipped medical care in the previous... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, September 3, 2015 | 0 comments

Flexible Spending Accounts May Disappear

Richard Stover, an actuary with Buck Consultants, predicts that Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) will be the first to go if the Cadillac Tax moves forward as planned. FSAs allow employees to save their own money, pre-tax, to pay for various health-related expenses including co-pays and deductible, eye glasses, and more. According to Stover, eliminating FSAs may be the most obvious way the Cadillac Tax impacts the middle class. The Cadillac Tax, which taxes the amount of benefits over... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, August 31, 2015 | 0 comments

Clarifications Issued On Key Health Reform Coverage Requirements

Click here to print out a copy of the clarifications issued by HHS and DOL regarding key health reform coverage requirements, including: Coverage of FDA-approved contraceptives BRCA genetic testing Sex-specific recommended preventive services Well-woman preventive care for dependents Colonoscopy anesthesia services You can also click here to go directly to the DOL site. Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, May 12, 2015 | 0 comments

Cadillac Tax To Become 2016 Election Issue

MBGH Members Only Peer Roundtable Discussions: Strategies Being Implemented re: Cadillac Tax The next time your CFO asks you to explain the Cadillac Tax just tell them it is a way to "equalize the way wages and health insurance are taxed. " According to the April 13, 2015 article in Employee Benefit News, Jonathan Gruber, an MIT economist, explains "Health insurance is compensation and wages are compensation. They should be taxed the same. And they're not". Gruber believes that since... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, April 13, 2015 | 0 comments

Private Exchange Enrollment Doubles in 2015

2015 MBGH Annual Conference Topic: Private Healthcare Exchanges! According to an April 13,2 015 article in Employee Benefit News, Accenture data shows that enrollment in private exchanges doubled from 3 million in 2014 to 6 million in 2015. Accenture projects that by 2018, the first year of the Cadillac Tax, 40 million will be enrolled in private exchanges. Although most of the growth in 2015 was in the mid-market segment, Accenture believes that more large employers, who have been... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, April 13, 2015 | 0 comments

No Impact on Employer Sponsored Insurance Coverage Rates Due to ACA

Data from the Health Reform Monitoring Survey for June 2013 through September 2014 was used to examine, from the perspective of workers, early changes in offer, take-up, and coverage rates for employer-sponsored insurance under the ACA.  Results show that there is no evidence that any of these rates have declined under the ACA. They have, in fact, remained constant: around 82 percent (offer rate), 86 percent (take-up rate), and 71 percent (coverage rate), respectively, for all workers... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, December 22, 2014 | 0 comments

Menu and Vending Machine Calorie Labeling Regulations Announced

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has finalized two rules requiring that calorie information be listed on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments and vending machines.  This is a significant act and will go a long way in helping your employees and their families make wiser choices when they eat out or use your company vending machine. We know that transparency changes behavior!   Menu labeling final rule: Applies to restaurants and... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, November 26, 2014 | 0 comments

CMS Announces ACA Transitional Reinsurance Fee for 2016

On November 21, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released proposed regulations in the form of the 2016 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters . The proposed regulations address a number of issues, including the transitional reinsurance program (TRP) fee. Under Section 1341 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), during the first three years that state health insurance exchanges are operational... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, November 26, 2014 | 0 comments

In-Patient Hospitalization Requirements Finalized for Minimum Value Plans

On November 21, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released proposed regulations in the form of the  2016 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters . The proposed regulations address a number of issues, including in-patient hospitalization requirements for minimum value plans. The proposed regulations formalize guidance provided in IRS Notice 2014-69 (released on November 4) addressing the glitch in the HHS minimum... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, November 26, 2014 | 0 comments

IRS Closes Loophole on Minimal Value Plans

The Internal Revenue Service, in a surprise move, said it will not qualify employer-sponsored health plans that fail to cover inpatient hospitalization as meeting the minimum value health plan standard under the Affordable Care Act.  In a notice issued under the public radar on Election Day, the IRS says it, the Treasury Department and the Department of Health and Human Services believe that plans that fail to provide substantial coverage for inpatient hospitalization services or for... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, November 14, 2014 | 0 comments

EEOC Continues Legal Action Against Employer Wellness Programs

From the National Business Coalition on Health The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a new lawsuit against an employee wellness program on October 27, alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).  The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, seeks a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction to prevent Honeywell International Inc.... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, October 31, 2014 | 0 comments

Beginning to See the Change We Want

An insightful article by Mark Hepler, CFO of Munson Healthcare, an 8-hospital system based in Traverse City, MI, on HealthLeadersMedia.com, reveals that health care providers, well, at least his, are beginning to make the changes that we want to see and that have, to a large extent, been spurred by the Affordable Health Care Act (see recent blog post on whether the ACA is working). What changes are happening in how health care is delivered? Investing in becoming clinically... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | 0 comments

Is the Affordable Health Care Act Working?

From Brian Klepper, CEO of National Business Coalition on Health: The New York Times has published a major, multi-article piece , on different aspects of the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) performance.  Here's the overview: "After a year fully in place, the Affordable Care Act has largely succeeded in delivering on President Obama’s main promises, an analysis by a team of reporters and data researchers shows. But it has also fallen short in some ways and given rise to a powerful... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | 0 comments

EEOC Files Second Lawsuit Challenging An Employer Wellness Program

MBGH and National Business Coalition on Health thank the American Benefits Council for the information provided in this post.    On October 1, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit challenging a wellness plan sponsored by Flambeau, Inc. (a Wisconsin-based manufacturer with 1,600 employees) as violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  The EEOC lawsuit in EEOC v. Flambeau, Inc. alleges that the company's wellness plan... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, October 9, 2014 | 0 comments

Most Employers Reject Private Exchanges

In a stark departure from other industry polls, employers plan to resoundingly reject private exchanges as a way to control rising health care costs, according to a new survey of more than 330 employers conducted by the non-profit National Business Coalition on Health and Benz Communications.     More than half (55%) of the respondents indicate they will “never” stop sponsoring employee health plans in favor of giving employees money to buy coverage through a private exchange.... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, October 8, 2014 | 0 comments

ACA's Impact on Health Benefits & Coverage in 2014

How have 2013 health reform requirements impacted health benefits and coverage in 2014? What changes did we see that have a direct relationship to health reform, although not necessarily even required by health reform? Check out t his article in HRProfessionalsMagazine.com by Cristie Upshaw Travis, CEO of Memphis Business Group on Health.  Please note that since this article was published in January, there have been additional delays in mandates and new final regulations, but the... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, March 25, 2014 | 0 comments

More Details on Employer Mandate Final Regs

From the National Business Coalition on Health:  NBCH thanks the American Benefits Council for the information provided in this post.  The U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released final regulations on February 10 implementing the “Employer Shared Responsibility” provisions (commonly known as the “employer mandate” or the “pay-or-play mandate”) under Section 4980H of the Internal Revenue Code, as added by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, February 12, 2014 | 0 comments

ACA's Employer Mandate Delayed, Again

From the National Business Coalition on Health: On Monday, February 10, 2014, the Obama administration announced it is delaying part of the ACA employer mandate for a second year, exempting mid-sized businesses until 2016 and giving big businesses more time to ramp up to full coverage.  The Affordable Care Act requires large employers -- those with more than 50 full-time employees -- to either provide health insurance to their workers or pay a penalty. The mandate was scheduled to take... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, February 11, 2014 | 0 comments

ACA Issues in the Budget/Fiscal Cliff Deal

From the National Business Coalition on Health: The bill to avoid the fiscal cliff and keep the government funded for a few more months ended up not including several ACA-related provisions that had been under consideration during discussions.  Lawmakers had been considering a number of benefits provisions as part of the legislation, either as modest policy concessions or as federal revenue offsets. It appears that most of those provisions are not included in the final package. The... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, October 21, 2013 | 0 comments

One-Third of Large Employers Taking Steps in 2014 to Avoid Cadillac Tax in 2018

From the National Business Coalition on Health: The Commonwealth Fund reports on recent trends among employers to start trimming back benefits now in preparation for the Cadillac Tax hitting "high cost plans" in 2018. As employees at many private companies prepare for the open enrollment season, some will find out soon about decisions their employers have made about benefits in order to escape a tax on expensive health care coverage that hits in 2018.The tax imposes a 40 percent excise... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, October 14, 2013 | 0 comments

Proposed Rules on Employer Shared Responsibility Reporting Released

From the National Business Coalition on Health: Treasury has published proposed regulations - following the July 2 one-year delay - on the employer shared responsibility reporting requirements.  The proposed regulations clarify that the reporting is on a calendar year basis, with electronic returns due on March 31 of each year starting in 2015 (for reporting on 2014 information). There are simplified procedures for low-volume W-2 filers (less than 250).  In addition to... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, September 18, 2013 | 0 comments

New Policy Brief on ACA's Cadillac Tax

From the National Business Coalition on Health:  A new health policy brief from Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation explains one of the most controversial provisions of the Affordable Care Act: the so-called Cadillac tax on generous employer-sponsored health insurance plans.  Beginning in 2018 a 40 percent excise tax will be assessed on the cost of any of these plans exceeding $10,200 for individual coverage and $27,500 for family coverage. Employers, who would... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, September 18, 2013 | 0 comments

Workers Recognize Rewards of Workplace Wellness Programs

From the National Business Coalition on Health: More American workers recognize the rewards of participating in workplace wellness programs, according to the latest survey from Principal Financia l. Sixty-two percent of workers, up from 55% in 2011, believe workplace wellness activities are successful in improving health and reducing health risks. In addition, 51% of respondents feel wellness benefits encourage them to work harder and perform better, and another 59% of program... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, February 12, 2013 | 0 comments

DOL Moves Employer Notification of Health Insurance Exchanges to Summer/Fall 2013

The Department of Labor has concluded that the notice requirement under FLSA section 18B will not take effect on March 1, 2013 for several reasons.  The Department of Labor expects that the timing for distribution of notices will be the late summer or fall of 2013, which will coordinate with the open enrollment period for Exchanges.  Background From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) posted here : Notice of Coverage Options Available Through the Exchanges... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, January 25, 2013 | 0 comments

IRS Releases Employer Shared Responsibility Proposed Rules

From the National Business Coalition on Health: On Friday, December 28, IRS published proposed regulations on the Employer Shared Responsibility ("pay or play") provisions of the ACA. Read on for details and click here for a summary from Buck Consultants. The document explains how to determine large employers who must offer workers affordable, minimum coverage. It also includes guidance on determining employees who qualify as full-time and assessing the fines large employers must pay... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, January 3, 2013 | 0 comments

Health Care Provisions in the Fiscal Cliff Deal

From the National Business Coalition on Health: Both the Senate and House have now passed a bill to avert the fiscal cliff, and the bill has been signed by the President. The bill deals mostly with the tax implications of the cliff, and not much with the scheduled automatic spending cuts to domestic programs - the "sequestration" - so there will be more to come from Congress. But the personal income tax provisions, although dominating the news, were not the only provisions included in the... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, January 3, 2013 | 0 comments

Tennessee Defers State Health Insurance Exchange to the Feds

From Governor Bill Haslam of Tennessee, posted 12/10/12: Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced Monday the state will not operate a state-based healthcare exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act. Haslam made the following statement on the issue:“Tennessee faces a decision this week about health insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act.“I'm not a fan of the law.  The more I know, the more harmful I think it will be for small businesses and costly for state governments... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, December 10, 2012 | 0 comments

HHS Releases Proposed Regulation on Incentives for Nondiscriminatory Wellness Programs

Helpful links to understand the specifics of this proposed rule: Health Affairs Blog:  http://healthaffairs.org/blog/2012/11/21/implementing-health-reform-wellness-programs-and-medicaid-faq/ Kaiser Health News coverage of all 3 proposed rules: http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2012/November/20/administration-releases-new-rules-for-health-law.aspx Coverage on all 3 of the proposed rules from across the nation at ... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, November 21, 2012 | 0 comments

HHS Releases Proposed Rule for Health Insurance Market Reforms

Helpful links to understand the specifics of this proposed rule: Health Affairs Blog:  http://healthaffairs.org/blog/2012/11/21/implementing-health-reform-the-dam-bursts/   comments on the market reform and rate review proposed rules Kaiser Health News: http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2012/November/20/smoking-insurance-costs-regulation.aspx  details how smokers can participate in smoking cessation programs and avoid higher premiums Coverage on all 3 proposed rules... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, November 21, 2012 | 0 comments

HHS Releases Proposed Regs: Essential Health Benefits, Actuarial Value, Accreditation Standards

Helpful links to help you understand the specifics of this proposed rule: Health Affairs Blog:   http://healthaffairs.org/blog/2012/11/21/implementing-health-reform-essential-health-benefits-actuarial-value-and-accreditation/ Kaiser Health News coverage of all 3 proposed rules:   http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2012/November/20/administration-releases-new-rules-for-health-law.aspx Coverage of all 3 proposed rules from across the nation:  ... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, November 20, 2012 | 0 comments

South Carolina's Interesting Approach to Health Reform

Leah Binder, CEO of The Leapfrog Group, puts a spotlight on Governor Nikki Haley's (R-South Carolina) approach to health care delivery system reform and how it complements the health insurance reforms put forth through the ACA. Haley's approach hinges on developing new payment systems which are tied to health care quality and cost. Transparency will be a critical factor in making this payment change possible. Purchasers and patients need to know how physicians and hospitals compare on quality... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Sunday, November 11, 2012 | 0 comments

So, What About Health Reform After the 2012 Elections?

From the National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH): The 2012 elections were closely watched because of their potential impact on health reform and Affordable Care Act implementation. With the balance of power remaining unchanged at the federal level, work that had been placed on hold will continue as we work to prepare for 2014, which is a critical year for many major ACA programs. NBCH has prepared a summary of the impacts on budget sequestration and ACA implementation... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Sunday, November 11, 2012 | 0 comments

Catch Up on What's Happening with Health Insurance Exchanges

Wonder what's going on with Health Insurance Exchanges, especially in Tennessee? The answer is that a lot has to happen very quickly for exchanges to be ready for open enrollment in the fall of 2013. HHS has extended the deadline for states to indicate their intention to establish a state-sponsored exchange until December 14, 2012. Click here to read Tennessee Governor Haslam's official response to this new deadline. Plus, as you know, employers have obligations to notify their... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Saturday, November 3, 2012 | 0 comments

New MBGH Member Benefit: Resolve Health Challenges with Other Employers Who Understand

Join us January 30, 2013 8:30-10:30 for our first meeting! Open to MBGH members and affiliates only. Register by email to ctravis@memphisbusinessgroup.org . You know other businesses face the same employee health and health benefit challenges as you. Instead of reinventing the wheel by yourself the next time one of these challenges arise, imagine being able to work collaboratively with these other businesses to arrive at creative solutions much more quickly. MBGH makes that... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, October 10, 2012 | 0 comments

ACA Will Raise Costs for Mid-Sized Employers

From the National Business Coalition on Health:  President Obama's healthcare law won't erode employer-based health insurance — but it will raise some companies' costs by nearly 10 percent, according to a new analysis from the Urban Institute. Although the law's critics usually focus on small businesses, the new paper says medium-sized firms will see the biggest cost increase. Mid-sized businesses — firms that have between 101 and 1,000 employees — would have... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, October 10, 2012 | 0 comments

Survey Shows Many Employers Not Waiting Until November Elections to Implement ACA Reforms

From the National Business Coalition on Health: A recent Mercer survey of 4,000 employers, conducted the week after the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act, revealed that a majority said they had been waiting for the Court's decision before developing a strategy to respond to the law’s provisions slated to go into effect in 2014 and beyond. While 40% said they will begin taking action now that the court has ruled, another 16% said they will continue to wait until after the... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, July 31, 2012 | 0 comments

House Subcommittee Approves Appropriations Bill Cutting Funding for ACA Programs

From the National Business Coalition on Health: In a formal mark-up session on July 17, the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee’s Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee approved a draft fiscal year 2013 Labor, Health and Human Services funding bill , which would establish a blueprint for the funding of these agencies’ regulatory activities. Generally, the draft bill includes $150 billion in discretionary funding, which is $6.3... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Saturday, July 28, 2012 | 0 comments

Don’t Place Curbs on ‘Stop-Loss’ Insurance, GOP Lawmakers Tell Administration

Three Republican senators have warned the Obama administration not to place new limits on the issuance of “stop-loss” insurance, which employers purchase in order to operate self-insured health plans. A recent Federal Register notice issued by the Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services suggests that the agencies “may be considering actions to limit stop-loss coverage for small and medium plans, which would be outside the limits of the administration’s existing... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, July 9, 2012 | 0 comments

Business as Usual for Employers After Supreme Court Upholds Health Reform

I have to admit that when we finally got the whole picture and the Supreme Court had upheld PPACA, it was a little anti-climactic Not because health reform itself is any less impactful, but because the employers I know have been moving forward with compliance and implementation assuming that health reform would stand and continue as the "law of the land". What else could they do? Waiting was just not an option as there was a lot of work to do. So, although the ruling itself was interesting... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Saturday, June 30, 2012 | 0 comments

New, More User-Friendly Health Reform Website from American Benefits Council

From the National Business Coalition on Health: The American Benefits Council, an important strategic partner of NBCH, has announced its new, more user-friendly website. The Health Care Reform issue page is now divided into its component pages, covering the wide variety of health reform issues addressed by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). These individual topics are: § Employer Shared Responsibility § Market Reforms & Adult Child/Age-26 Coverage §... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, May 4, 2012 | 0 comments

Costs of Many Preventive Services Vary Widely: What Employers Can Do

Kelly Kennedy's April 6, 2012 article in USA Today sheds light on the significant variance in the costs of preventive services, now required to be covered by insurance at 100%, not subject to co-pays or deductibles. "Over the past year, health plans and self-insured employers began paying for wellness exams — diabetes screening, mammographies, Pap smears and colonoscopies — as required by the law, without charging consumers a deductible or co-payment. But in looking at 15,000 consumers, a... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, April 17, 2012 | 0 comments

Will CFOs Play or Pay Under Healthcare Reform?

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Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, April 5, 2012 | 0 comments

Are You Meeting Your Obligations to Nursing Mothers?

One of the highlights of MBGH's "Believe in a Healthy Memphis: the 2011 Let's CHANGE Summit" held last July in collaboration with the Healthy Memphis Common Table, the Shelby County Health Department, and Shelby County Mayor Luttrell's office, was the decision to encourage breastfeeding friendly practices in all area birth hospitals. The Shelby County Breastfeeding Coalition is taking the lead on this important initiative. Clearly the hospital and its staff play a significant role in... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, March 14, 2012 | 0 comments

Health Benefits Changes on the Horizon

Towers Watson/National Business Group on Health study finds health benefits changes are on the horizon. Although the rate of health care cost increases is expected to remain stable in 2012, employers are taking more aggressive steps to manage their rising costs and improve employee health, according to findings from the 2012 Towers Watson/National Business Group on Health (NBGH) Employer Survey on Purchasing Value in Health Care. Steps being taken focus on: Developing a... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, March 13, 2012 | 0 comments

Health Reform Ends Lifetime Limits for 2 Million Tennesseans

In a new report on how the health reform law has impacted people, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says that the health reform law has eliminated lifetime limits on coverage for more than 105 million Americans, including approximately 2 million Tennesseans. According to Sebelius, before health reform, many Americans with serious illnesses such as cancer risked hitting the lifetime limit on the dollar amount their insurance companies would cover for their health care... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, March 13, 2012 | 0 comments

Employers Interested in Exploring a Corporate Health Exchange Model

From Aon Hewitt: Employers Interested in Exploring a Corporate Health Exchange Model, Says Aon Hewitt  --  March 23 marks two years since Health Care Reform legislation passed. During this time, many employers have re-examined the way in which they provide health care benefits to employees. While state exchanges will not be available to employers with more than 100 employees until at least 2017, organizations are exploring alternate health care models, such as Corporate... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, March 13, 2012 | 0 comments

Catalyst for Payment Reform Releases Model Contract for Employers

From the National Business Coalition on Health : The Catalyst for Payment Reform released a tool ( see model health plan contract language ) to unite employers and other health care purchasers around the shared goal to make 20% of health care payments based on value by 2020. This tool will help MBGH with our efforts to reform payment in the greater Memphis area. The model contract highlights immediate opportunities to reform how health plans pay doctors and hospitals. Together... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, January 19, 2012 | 0 comments

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