Companies and employees are finding that the service offers benefits: Employers can cut health care costs, and workers can get issues addressed quicker. But telemedicine isn't a substitute for a face-to-face doctor visit. “It doesn't replace the times you need to see a doctor or you need to go to a hospital,” the CEO of the American Telemedicine Association says.
Forty-six percent of employers in the retail and hospitality industries and 40 percent of employers in the health care services industry expect health care cost increases of at least 3 percent due to health care reform law requirements.Read More
The goal of the program is to reduce readmissions and improve health outcomes for its patients.Read More
High-deductible health plans have been touted as a savvy behavioral tool to motivate enrollees to more closely scrutinize the price tag of imaging tests, brand-name drugs and more. But at what point does the hefty deductible discourage employees and their families from getting potential health problems checked out or treated?
'People who were confused about what was covered [outside of the deductible] were more likely to cut back on care,' one researcher says.
Allowing schools to self-insure their student plans, officials said, should reduce the expenses incurred by students while allowing schools to maintain adequate coverage.Read More
A smaller reduction in the number of uninsured could negatively affect employers as the amount of uncompensated care—a cost that health care providers now try to shift in the form of higher charges to patients with health insurance—will not decline as much as providers had initially hoped.Read More
The findings are similar to those last month from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, which found that 85 percent of respondents said they definitely would or were very likely to continue coverage.Read More
For many temps and contractors, contingent work is a last resort rather than a first choice. As a result, they probably enter into work assignments with an engagement deficit.Read More
Existing policies will remain in effect and renewable, provided an employer's premiums are paid on time and its policy limits are not exhausted.Read More