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Articles by Charlotte Huff

Massachusetts' Medical Menu

March 2, 2012
The Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance & Policy published cost figures of procedues last year, part of a blitzkrieg of data that officials have released as they strive to better understand what's driving the state's high health costs.
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Mass Overhaul

March 2, 2012
With national health care reform looming, Workforce Management examines Massachusetts' reforms, which went into effect in 2006. Five-plus years later, we found that almost all Bay Staters now have health insurance, but overloaded physicians aren't necessarily taking on new patients and some employees are realizing that their favorite providers might be too pricey.
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Vision Insurers Eye Employers' Interest in Wellness

January 3, 2011
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is expected to improve preventive care, which likely will boost access to vision specialists. But in a tight economy, all benefits are subject to scrutiny and some signs of strain are visible, according to data and vision coverage experts.
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EAPs Boost Their Post-Recession Profile

November 11, 2010
As the recession recedes, some companies are repositioning their EAP programs, using them to better support wellness efforts and to offset mental health treatment costs. Caterpillar Inc. leaders are piloting a new analytic tool, designed to better quantify EAP’s influence on presenteeism, workplace stress and other work-related outcomes.
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Employers Collaborate to Customize Health Coverage

October 18, 2010
A group of Kansas City, Missouri, employers has teamed up to pilot value-based benefits design, in which health coverage is tailored to better meet employee needs, ideally at a lower cost. Cerner Corp., one of the 16 employers involved, has used the approach to tackle mental health, diabetes and other chronic conditions.
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Tapping Family Leave—Occasionally

September 3, 2010
For employers, intermittent use of the Family and Medical Leave Act can pose some of their greatest challenges. Even if workers use the law appropriately, the periodic leave requests can create paperwork and tracking difficulties, experts say.
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Employers Cope With FMLA's Expanded Reach

September 3, 2010
Amid tight economic times, the scope of the federal law has been expanded to a few additional groups, including military families and same-sex parents. Human resource and legal experts provide advice on how to fairly apply the law's family leave protections and minimize the possibility of legal action.
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