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Gallop: Investing in Employee WellBeing Improves Company Performance

Gallop's most recent release of their "State of the American Workplace" finds that, on average, 70% of U.S. workers are not engaged in their work. They have "checked out" or are "actively disengaged". Gallop estimates that lack of engagement costs U.S. employers over $550 billion annually. Gallop has found a strong link between employee engagement and company performance: Work units in the top 25% of Gallop's engagement database have higher productivity, profitability, lower... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, June 25, 2013

38% of California Hospitals Have Been Penalized Under Their Immediate Jeapordy Program

From time to time, I post about the penalties assessed against California hospitals in their immediate jeapordy program. This program, which started in 2009, California publicizes incidents in hospitals that violate state licensure requirements and have caused or were likely to cause serious injury or death to a patient. In the most recent release, 10 hospitals were penalized a combined total of $625,000 with retained surgical objects, patient falls, and medication errors being the top... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Employers Adopting Payment Strategies to Improve Efficiencies in Health Benefits

Plan to attend MBGH's August 29th Annual Conference "Follow the Money: You Get What You Pay For" to learn more about new payment approaches and how those are beginning to play out in Memphis and TN! Register here . Aon Hewitt Research Shows Employers Increasingly Adopting Payment Strategies to Improve Efficiencies in the U.S. Health Care SystemJun 6, 2013 LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill., June 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- To mitigate rising health care costs, an increasing number of companies are... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Cutting Employee Hours due to Health Reform May Infringe Federal Law

In his May 29, 2013 Employee Benefit News article, Craig J. Davidson points out that cutting employee hours to under 30/week as a means to reduce eligibility for health insurance under health reform may infringe on Federal law.; "...a potential problem exists with this strategy and it is found in the backwaters of ERISA Section 510 which refers back to ERISA Section 502. This could be fodder for attorneys depending on the motive of the employer in taking employees part time." Davidson... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, June 6, 2013

Effectiveness of Wellness Programs Could Impact Employer Decisions to Enter Exchanges in 2017

The Commonwealth Fund reports that the success of workplace wellness programs could have an impact on whether employers decide to move their workers into the new health insurance exchanges, or marketplaces, an official from CVS Caremark suggested at an event last week. Troy Brennan, executive vice president and chief medical officer of CVS Caremark, said he thinks there is a big chance that many employers will be considering how they can use the exchanges in 2017 or 2018. (The ACA sets... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Taking Health Care Ratings to the Next Level

In her May 31, 2013 Health Affairs blog post , Kelly Barnes indicates:  "PwC’s Health Research Institute (HRI) surveyed 1,000 consumers in late 2012 and found that nearly half (48 percent) read a multitude of reviews (of health care providers), but only one-third acted on those ratings in health care decisions. At the same time, about half said they want payment policies to be tied to their feedback. Industry leaders interviewed by HRI attribute the slow uptake of health... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, June 3, 2013

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