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Articles by Jeremy Smerd

Employers Seek to Gain From Weight-Loss Surgery

August 5, 2008
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With six in 10 American adults overweight or obese, benefit managers are desperately looking for ways to save money on the long-term costs associated with obesity-related diseases such as heart failure, high blood pressure and diabetes.
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TOOL Investing in Maternal and Child Health

July 1, 2008
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The special health care needs of children and mothers—and the associated costs—often go overlooked by employers, leading to stress for employees and lost productivity, according to health benefits experts. They have published a ‘tool kit’ aimed at helping employers better tailor their health benefits to address those costs.
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Giving Time Off to Help Save a Life

July 1, 2008
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Organ transplant advocates push for paid leave and new laws protecting jobs of donors, but small firms say they can’t always accommodate such requests—even for a good cause.
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TOOL Investing in Maternal and Child Health

June 27, 2008
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The special health care needs of children and mothers—and the associated costs—often go overlooked by employers, leading to stress for employees and lost productivity, according to health benefits experts. They have published a ‘tool kit’ aimed at helping employers better tailor their health benefits to address those costs.
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Cleaning Up the Eligibility Rolls

March 11, 2008
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A school district in Cleveland saved more than $2 million in two steps: First, it identified ineligible dependents and removed them from the district’s health care rolls. Then, the district clamped down with a new policy that required spouses to use their own employer’s health care coverage.
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Former FEMA Director Michael Brown On Weathering Disaster and Criticism

February 8, 2008
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Former FEMA Director Michael Brown now consults with companies on disaster preparedness, but he also can be found talking about the management lessons he learned as the man maligned by much of the country for the federal government's response to Hurricane Katrina.
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Filling the Gaps in a Porous Medical System

January 8, 2008
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After some initial resistance, the employees of Hess Print Solutions, which hired a patient advocacy company to help improve care and reduce cost, embraced the idea of getting help in negotiating a health care maze that can be full of dead ends. But, as the company learned, advocacy can’t resolve every health issue.
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Heirs Not Apparent

January 3, 2008
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Breakdowns in CEO succession planning at Citigroup and Merrill reflect an over-reliance on chief execs to pick the next leaders.
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Top 5 Workforce News Headlines of 2007

December 21, 2007
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From ending retiree health care to the rise of social networking technology, these are the stories that changed the workforce landscape this year.
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