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Articles by Jeremy Smerd

The Return of the House Call

May 8, 2007
Rather than have employees misuse emergency rooms for minor ailments, Microsoft and some other employers are beginning to contract with providers who can deliver health care to employees via the old-fashioned house call. Technology makes it easy to transport a doctor’s tools of the trade, visits are unhurried, and the cost is far less than an ER visit.
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The End of One-Size-Fits-All Co-Pays

April 10, 2007
The goal of 'value-based insurance design' is to get more value out of a company’s health care dollars by making sure people get the drugs they need by lowering or eliminating co-pays. Meanwhile, those for whom a drug is of minimal medical benefit would pay higher co-pays to get it.
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You Cant Tell Health Care Proposal and Player Without a Scorecard

March 29, 2007
How do you make sense of all the proposed health care legislation and how the different measures might affect employers? Just print out the table below and tape it to your fridge or filing cabinet. You can keep score. Health care is sure to feature prominently in the 2008 presidential election, and the race for the White House has only just begun.
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Climbing the Career Ladder

March 23, 2007
When Dina Marie LaMarche found that her employer, Sun Healthcare, was willing to provide her training and pay for it in order to retain staff, she jumped at the chance. “What they’re doing for us is just a blessing.”
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Training That Transforms a Job

March 23, 2007
The training by GM Service Technical College is so good that some GM service technicians are being poached by competitors. One technician still with GM says the program makes him feel “very valuable” in his industry.
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