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Insurer Goes After Surgery Centers for Out-of-Network Charges

May 1, 2012
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Employers are addressing the practice in part by looking at their benefit design and increasing deductibles and lowering out-of-pocket maximums so workers must pay a larger share for going out of network.
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Employers on Non-Calendar Fiscal Years Seek FSA Mandate Relief

May 1, 2012
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Under a provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2013, the maximum annual contribution employees can make to their FSAs is $2,500.
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Benefitfocus Launches Online Health Insurance Exchange

April 27, 2012
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Called HR InTouch Marketplace, the online private exchange mimics a retail site where employees can go online and add their chosen plans to a shopping cart.
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Pharmacy Benefits Manager SXC Acquires Catalyst Health Solutions in $4.4 Billion Deal

April 19, 2012
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The April 18 announcement, a merger with Catalyst Health Solutions Inc., outstripped that deal and would create a combined company that covers 25 million members nationwide.
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Humana Pharmacy Solutions Has New Offerings for Self-Insured Employers

April 12, 2012
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The new options include the Wal-Mart Rx Network, which directs employees to fill prescriptions at the international retailer; and the Rx4Value formulary, which swaps certain name brand drugs for generic.
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Going Mobile: On-Site Clinics Hit the Road for Employee Health Screenings

April 6, 2012
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Mobile clinics, a relatively new phenomenon, offer an alternative for employers who might not otherwise be able to reach geographically scattered workers.
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What Does Engagement Really Mean?

April 4, 2012
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How should we define employee engagement? Is it more than good morale and camaraderie? —In Search of Meaning, senior leader, hospitality, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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How Do We Get Our Paperwork in Order for New Health Care Requirements?

April 4, 2012
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Which standard form (if any) must employees fill out when they decline health care coverage? —Paper Weight, executive assistant, maintenance/janitorial, New Jersey
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