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Articles by Jeremy Smerd

Home-Spun Health Savings

July 10, 2010
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Boeing's two-year initiative shows that the medical home approach to care, in which teams of doctors and nurses coordinate treatment, can improve the sickest employees’ health and reduce costs. Now it's up to other employers and insurers to build on the success.
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A Work-Site Approach to Medical Homes

July 9, 2010
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Not all companies need to change the health care system to create medical homes for their employees. In fact, the term 'medical home' broadly refers to improvements in primary care and the coordination of specialty medical care through a team approach that engages patients to take control of their health.
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Clocking CityTime, the Craziest Contract Ever

July 1, 2010
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New York City timekeeping system is a dozen years late, 10 times pricier and not even half-finished.
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Gossip's Toll on the Workplace

April 7, 2010
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A study highlights how office trash talk can hinder a person’s ability to manage others, destroy camaraderie and fuel increased turnover.
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Benefit a Burden for Home Health Care Aides

February 24, 2010
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The high cost of complying with the state requirement that all individuals purchase health insurance has inspired some to work less in order to remain eligible for state-funded health care.
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Mandatory Health Care a Bitter Pill for Massachusetts Low-Wage Workers

February 24, 2010
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Massachusetts’ health insurance mandate has more workers getting coverage through their employers but has left many low-wage earners in a financial quandary—and it hasn’t put a dent in rising health care costs. The state’s health care experiment offers a cautionary tale for federal health reform efforts.
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Subsidies May be Undermined by Surging Health Care Costs

February 24, 2010
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Unless health care costs come down, workers and employers will continue to pay more of their wages and profits to health insurance.
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Work-Site Clinics Gain Favor as Retail Sites Lag

February 23, 2010
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Several years ago, pharmacies embraced retail clinics over work-site clinics with the thinking that as more employers used high-deductible health plans, more employees would be interested in low-cost alternatives for basic health care, like flu shots. That’s beginning to change.
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When the War for Talent Ends With a Peace Treaty

January 5, 2010
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How an agreement between Teach for America and its competitors helped all the organizations grow and serve their common mission.
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How the Health Care Reform Measures Compare

December 29, 2009
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To help employers understand what is at stake for them in the Senate and House versions of the reform bill, Workforce Management (with help from the Kaiser Family Foundation) has compiled a side-by-side comparison of the provisions in each bill that are likely to affect employers.
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