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The Contrarian Approach to Health Care Reform and Group Benefit Planning

The Contrarian Approach to Health Care Reform and Group Benefit Planning

Stuart A. Slonin

In almost blitzkrieg like fashion, the U.S. has been pushed, pulled, and dragged into a next generation health care delivery system known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, passed along party lines on March 23, 2010.

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Accountable Care Organization: A branded prescription pill to keep Medicare alive or way forward to restore wrecked healthcare delivery as a whole?

Accountable Care Organization: A branded prescription pill to keep Medicare alive or way forward to restore wrecked healthcare delivery as a whole?

Anuj Shah

There is no question that U.S. healthcare has been facing amplifying cost and a daunting task in quality of care delivery. For instance, as a social insurance program,

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Medicare Portability

Medicare Portability

Jonathan Edelheit and Daniel Pyne

Medicare impacts the lives of everyone, whether it is the older Americans who rely on it for their medical needs, or the younger people who help pay for these benefits from their pay checks.

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How a Small Group Broker can Survive PPACA

How a Small Group Broker can Survive PPACA

Daniel A. Feiwell

“Iceberg right ahead” are the infamous words yelled out from the crow’s nest on the mast of the Titanic 100 years ago. In 2012, the words are no doubt a parallel for what small group insurance brokers are facing in the coming years.

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Medicare:  An Insight, Patient Protection Affordable Care Act (PPACA) Provisions, Inherent Challenges and Critical Success Factors

Medicare: An Insight, Patient Protection Affordable Care Act (PPACA) Provisions, Inherent Challenges and Critical Success Factors

Lakshminarasimha Nemani

Medicare is the United States largest public health insurance program providing coverage to 47 million people as of 2010. Medicare spending amounts to a staggering $524 billion which is 15 percent of Federal Budget Outlays as on 2010 and is projected to grow to $949 billion (17.4 percent) by 2020.

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Corporate Wellness

Successful engagement programs require New-er Age approach

Successful engagement programs require New-er Age approach

Adam Kaufman, PhD

With the 2012 presidential election season in full swing, there is certainly a lot of talk about healthcare reform and what may or may not hinge on the election’s outcome.

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ACA Guidelines for Wellness Programs

ACA Guidelines for Wellness Programs

Jonathan Edelheit and Daniel Pyne

In the recent election, one of the hot button issues was that of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). With the long election behind us and the results finally in, it appears healthcare reform is here to stay.

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Revisiting the Value of Health Risk Assessments

Revisiting the Value of Health Risk Assessments

Lisa M. Holland, RN, MBA

Since writing and publishing my article “Health Risk Assessments –A Waste of Time and Money” in April 2011, I have received quite a bit of feedback. Much of the feedback has been very positive and some, not surprisingly has been completely against the position.

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How To Keep Your Wellness Programs Alive!

How To Keep Your Wellness Programs Alive!

Cindy Pavell

I have been the health, fitness, and wellness field since 1985. I was a nationally ranked collegiate athlete and award winning triathlete. Not long ago, I weighed 267 pounds.

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Quality of Life in Worksite Wellness: What matters?

Quality of Life in Worksite Wellness: What matters?

Shawn T. Mason

Quality of life is on the rise in worksite wellness, and perhaps with good timing. Historically, wellness programs have focused on targeted health areas such as smoking cessation, weight management, and physical activity.

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Wellness and ROI

Wellness and ROI

Michael A. Schroder

When the suggestion of a wellness program is presented to an employer, an expected response might sound something like this; “Where is the money going to come from? Our health insurance premiums are going up 30 percent this year.

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Integration of Wellness within Worksite Health Center

Integration of Wellness within Worksite Health Center

JONATHAN SPERO, M.D.

Corporate wellness programs, though very popular, are hampered by low engagement rates, less than desirable efficacy, and lack of integration with the delivery of medical care.

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THE HIGHEST CORPORATE FITNESS PROGRAM  AND MEDICAL ABSENTEEISM IN A MINING COMPANY

THE HIGHEST CORPORATE FITNESS PROGRAM AND MEDICAL ABSENTEEISM IN A MINING COMPANY

JORGE OSORIO

The aim of this study was to define the effect of a corporate fitness program on medical absenteeism in a mining operation at 4,500 meters above sea level.

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The Emperor’s New Clothes Are Extra Large By LeAura Alderson

The Emperor’s New Clothes Are Extra Large By LeAura Alderson

LeAura Alderson

Political Correctness may just be The Emperor’s New Clothes of our time. If someone has diabetes, we can say they have diabetes. If someone has cancer, we can say that they have cancer.

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Managing stress requires a sense of control By Jacquelyn Ferguson

Managing stress requires a sense of control By Jacquelyn Ferguson

Jacquelyn Ferguson

If you were passed over for a promotion at work would it be because you blew the job interview or because your boss has it in for you and will never give you a promotion?

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Low Health Literacy Leads to Increased Healthcare Costs

Low Health Literacy Leads to Increased Healthcare Costs

Paul Rooney

Sitting in a physician’s office wearing nothing but a paper thin gown can be daunting in and of itself. Now imagine, your white coat syndrome worsens as your doctor throws out unfamiliar vocabulary, as your mind draws a blank.

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Self Funding

The Role of Stability Companies in International Insurance

The Role of Stability Companies in International Insurance

Hélène Viel

I was recently invited by Doug Brooks, president of ISOA (International Stability Operations Association) in Washington, D.C. in a roundtable event.

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Voluntary Benefits

The Contrarian Approach to Health Care Reform and Group Benefit Planning 2

The Contrarian Approach to Health Care Reform and Group Benefit Planning 2

Stuart A. Slonin

In almost blitzkrieg like fashion, the U.S. has been pushed, pulled, and dragged into a next generation health care delivery system known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, passed along party lines on March 23, 2010.

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VB leadership awards article

VB leadership awards article

voluntary benefits magazine

At the recently held Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress, October 24-26th, 2012, the Voluntary Benefits Association (VBA) in conjunction with Voulntary Benefits Magazine (VBM) presented the 2012 Voluntary Benefits Leadership Awards.

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