As the cost of health care continues to rise, more employers are introducing high-deductible plans with HSAs as a funding option to enhance smart consumerism among employees. Some have even transitioned to these plans as the sole health plan choice and are finding that employees appreciate the long-term benefits, as well.
Articles by Lisa Beyer
Trying to be flexible when working with employees requesting leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act may put employers at risk for unscheduled absences and even lawsuits, especially with intermittent leave situations.
In the face of pending health care reform, pharmacy benefits managers and plan sponsors are taking a nonlegislative approach to delivering prescription medications at a lower cost, while working to boost compliance among patients, especially those with chronic conditions. As more generics enter the marketplace, more opportunities exist for cost cutting and more informed consumerism.
Because of recent higher medical claim costs, an aging population and changes brought about by health care reform, employers are using a variety of strategies and programs to contain costs for themselves and their employees.
As salaries slowly stabilize, employers are still seeking creative methods for rewarding employees. Noncash compensation and variable pay programs are on the rise and may be part of a new model for attracting and retaining employees.