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New Law Requires a Rework of Health Risk Assessments

April 20, 2010
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The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act prohibits the collection of any individual’s genetic information—including family history—for any purposes related to insurance underwriting. According to the interim final rules that implement the act, it also stipulates against using any incentives to encourage the completion of a health risk assessment or participation in a wellness program. Some employers have already scrubbed family history questions from their assessments.
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Wellness Hits the Social Networks

April 12, 2010
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From an employer's perspective, wellness-related social networks are still in their infancy. But interest is growing.
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Dental Programs Make the 'Mouth-Body Connection'

March 10, 2010
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By enrolling more than 600,000 pregnant women, heart disease patients and others in a special intervention program, Aetna, for example, hopes to show that medical costs can be undercut by attacking gum disease earlier and more aggressively.
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Demystifying High-Deductible Plans

February 10, 2010
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Intel’s strategy was to convince employees to consider plan facets other than just the core high deductible element, including lower premiums, preventive care coverage and the accrual of a health account. After three years of year-round education and communication, enrollment in a high-deductible plan linked to a health savings or health reimbursement account rose from 14 percent to 49 percent.
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Dental Coverage Check-Up

November 23, 2009
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To improve employee dental coverage, as well as maximize the use of existing services, consider these steps.
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Taking a Tailored Approach to Dental Benefits

November 23, 2009
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Evidence-based dentistry is changing how some employers offer dental benefits to employees. The plans more closely align coverage not only with the individual’s dental history, but even with other non-dental conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease. By providing broader coverage upfront, the goal is to forestall or prevent more costly dental work later.
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Preparing for a Hiring Frenzy—Protecting Your IT Talent

October 1, 2009
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Here are some strategies that could help you retain IT talent that could be raided by health care companies racing to meet a federal deadline governing computerization at hospitals and physician practices.
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Preparing for an IT Talent Squeeze

October 1, 2009
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IT employers, take note: The federal government’s tight time frame for computerization, along with a steep implementation curve, will require more IT workers for health care organizations—soon. Job projections range from at least 41,000 positions to more than 200,000.
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Teaming Up to Better Train

May 20, 2009
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Managers at The Decc Co., a small industrial coating applicator based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, were ready to move beyond the company’s paper tracking system. But when officials started training workers in late 2008 on the new computerized system, they quickly recognized that some weren’t even comfortable manipulating the mouse.
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