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Doctor Rating Project May Boost the Drive Toward Consumer-Driven Health Care

April 17, 2008
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The methodology should give employers greater confidence that the rankings insurers use to establish high-performance networks are based on both cost and quality, observers say.
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Employer Data Quantifies the Value of Wellness Programs

April 1, 2008
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Employers who are just now beginning wellness programs are doing so methodically, collecting data to better gauge the impact their programs are having on health and productivity.
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Wellness Programs Get a Makeover

April 1, 2008
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Companies are redesigning their programs to broaden their appeal.
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Financial Incentives Can Boost Wellness Program Participation

April 1, 2008
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But employers must weigh using rewards or punishments, and the mandates of legal compliance, when building wellness initiatives.
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Gaps in Data Slow Retiree Prescription Subsidies

February 12, 2008
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Because of administrative snafus, some employers that have applied for the Medicare Retiree Drug Subsidy are now scrambling to meet a March 31 deadline for final reconciliation. If they are unable to confirm eligibility of all of their plan members, they will not be paid for them—or worse, they may have to pay back any interim payments they’ve already received on behalf of those retirees.
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Gaps in Data Slow Retiree Prescription Subsidies

February 12, 2008
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Because of administrative snafus, some employers that have applied for the Medicare Retiree Drug Subsidy are now scrambling to meet a March 31 deadline for final reconciliation. If they are unable to confirm eligibility of all of their plan members, they will not be paid for them—or worse, they may have to pay back any interim payments they’ve already received on behalf of those retirees.
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Employers Beef Up Efforts to Increase Worker Participation in Wellness Programs

September 18, 2007
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To ensure that more consumer-driven health plan members use wellness and preventive care services, a growing number of employers are turning to stepped-up communications and financial incentives.
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Do CDHPs Increase Use of Wellness Services

September 18, 2007
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Although most consumer-driven health plans are designed to emphasize wellness and prevention to reduce future health care costs, experts say it is too early to tell whether plan members are using those kinds of services more frequently than members of traditional health plans.
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Employer Wellness Programs Must Follow Federal Criteria

July 17, 2007
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Under the final HIPAA rules, employers may vary the amount of premium contributions required from employees as long as the wellness program meets certain regulations.
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