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Wellness Programs Final Regulations

Wellness Programs Final Regulations

Jonathan Edelheit

On Wednesday May 29, the Departments of Labor, Treasury and Health and Human Services issued a final rule concerning wellness programs in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). There has already been a proposed regulation issued in November of 2012. The regulations list two forms of wellness programs; these are “participatory wellness programs” and “health-contingent wellness programs.”

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Employer  Mandate Delayed

Employer Mandate Delayed

Jonathan Edelheit

For the time being – at least a year -- employers now have a little bit of breathing room after the Obama Administration decided to delay the employer mandate and insurer reporting requirements of the Affordable Care Act.

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US Domestic Medical Travel

Domestic Medical Tourism Offers more Bang for Buck

Domestic Medical Tourism Offers more Bang for Buck

HealthCare Reform Magazine

Employers shopping for the best bargains for their healthcare dollars may soon make domestic travel for medical procedures and treatments as American as apple pie.

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Corporate Wellness

Retention

Retention

Todd McGuire

The second step of a corporate wellness program, after reaching out to them, is ensuring they remain in the program. If no one stays with the problem, then the money used to create the program was wasted, and you are back at square one. Ensuring your employees are interested in using the program, the better the result will be as people become more engaged and recruit their coworkers. Building this retention base is cricuial to the succes, and sustainability of any wellness program

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Mobile and Online Technology: Bridging the Gap to Lasting Behavior Change

Mobile and Online Technology: Bridging the Gap to Lasting Behavior Change

Dr. Robert Grant

In our increasingly wired technology, communication is enhanced. However, this technology can also be contributed to our nation's worsening health. It is possible to harness this weakness and turn into a strength. By using mobile and online technologies, you can communicate small, easily actionable taskes regarding their health instead of a broad concpet of

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The Sitting Crisis

The Sitting Crisis

Chip Mills

America's work culture is one of sitting in front of a computer screen for hours everyday. The dangers of prolonged sitting are becoming more and more apparent. New trends in some workplaces are designed to combat this. The trend of standing desks not only releaves the health concerns sitting all day can have on the body, but can help users have more energy and be more productive.

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The Case for Quality

The Case for Quality

Justin Bellante

Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) is one of the leading Five Star Quality rating systems. Health plans offering Medicare and Medicaid Services receive bonus payments according to their Star ratings, higher quality equals higher compensation. Justin Bellante describes ICare’s experience with the launch of two HEDIS/star campaigns with the help of BioIQ.

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Eight Tips for Increasing Wellness Program Engagement

Eight Tips for Increasing Wellness Program Engagement

Dave Monahan

While it may seem straightforward to get employees to be active physically for only about 30 minutes a day, the fact that nearly two-thirds of Americans don’t achieve this speaks to the need to find new, creative solutions. When program providers and employers follow these eight tips, they can expect increased employee engagement and long-term success.

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Gaming for Wellness.

Gaming for Wellness.

Winston Powell

No one will use a wellness program if it is boring. By adding elements of a game to your wellness program you will engage your employees, increase results of wellness, and bring your employees closer together. By

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What to Do When Your Office is a Junk Food Maze?

What to Do When Your Office is a Junk Food Maze?

Sean Kelly

We spend roughly a third of our lives at work. How we eat and behave at work can have a lasting impact on our lives. By making a concerted effort to eat healthier at work, many people can change their lives. Workplaces are helping with this by setting up healthy vending macines. New technology is also help, with smartphone apps telling you where the nearest health resturant is.

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A Review of the New Wellness Regulations: A Departure from Personal Responsibility & Accountability for Health

A Review of the New Wellness Regulations: A Departure from Personal Responsibility & Accountability for Health

Lisa M. Holland, RN, MBA and Gregory J. Hummer, MD

As a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, wellness programs have received new regulations. This article outlines the changes made to these programs, and how to comply with the new law. These changes are to how programs operate, and how incentives are to be adminitered. With new wellness program designations like an outcomes based program or a particiapatory program, it is essential to know the new regulations to ensure your program is compliant.

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Choosing Wellness Interventions

Choosing Wellness Interventions

Lisa Weston

Corporate wellness can be a confusing landscape for those new to the industry. Lisa Weston detials what to make of all of these abberviations, and how to best implements these programs. This is a useful guide of where to begin any wellness program.

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How Wellness Programs are Shaping Up in 2013

How Wellness Programs are Shaping Up in 2013

Sue Willman

The wellness industry is a constantly changing landsacpe. It is important to monitor the changes and innovation in the industry so you can make sure your program is current. A recent survey from Optum tracks the trends in the industry.

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Making Your Wellness Program Work

Making Your Wellness Program Work

Jerry Kornfeld, M.D.,FAAFP

An often overlooked part of any corporate wellness program is the culture of the company. If the company does not value health, then any attempt to make employees healthier is doomed to failure. Chaning that culture can be difficul, but not impossible. In order to effect this change it is crucial to habe employee involvement form the very beginning. Only with the employee population is together can change occur

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Improving Health - One Lunch at a Time

Improving Health - One Lunch at a Time

Tammy Pelstring and Amy Hemmert

Eating healty is a crucial part of living a healthy lifestyle. Eating a healthy lunch at work is often overlooked duing the work day. Creating a healthy packed lunch is easy. With creative engagement, and participation from the workforce, having your employees eat healty will be effective and fun. This is more important than ever becuse of the role eating food that is good for you has on productivity.

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5 Crucial Steps to Successful, Profitable, Workplace Wellness

5 Crucial Steps to Successful, Profitable, Workplace Wellness

Greg Justice, M.A.

It all starts with you. Human nature is to follow by example. Any program your company introduces is only as effective as the endorsement, value, and action that top level management places in it

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Column

Are Health Insurance Marketplaces Right for You?

Are Health Insurance Marketplaces Right for You?

Justyn Harkin

Health care costs are rising and the administrative and financial burden of running your companies health benefit program is considerable. If you eliminated your company’s health benefit program would your company sink or swim? Justyn Harkin defines and discusses the pro’s and con’s of public, private self-insured, an private fully insured marketplaces.

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A Review of the New Wellness Regulations:  A Departure from Personal Responsibility & Accountability for Health

A Review of the New Wellness Regulations: A Departure from Personal Responsibility & Accountability for Health

Lisa M. Holland, RN, MBA and Gregory J. Hummer, MD

As a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, wellness programs have received new regulations. This article outlines the changes made to these programs, and how to comply with the new law. These changes are to how programs operate, and how incentives are to be adminitered. With new wellness program designations like an outcomes based program or a particiapatory program, it is essential to know the new regulations to ensure your program is compliant.

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ICD-10 Remediation for Provider practices – Key Challenges and Mitigation Strategies

ICD-10 Remediation for Provider practices – Key Challenges and Mitigation Strategies

Harika Allada and Apoorv Surkunte

The Ninth Edition of the International Classification of Diseases will make way for the Tenth Edition. This will bring a large set of changes to the U.S. healthcare system. It is important to be ready for these changes now. The time to begin testing your coding system with affiliates and partners is now, so you can be sure your systems are in sync com the deadline of October 1, 2014.

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Effects of PPACA on Homeowners’ Property Taxes

Effects of PPACA on Homeowners’ Property Taxes

Connie Gee

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act creates new taxes employer and individuals need to be aware of. These range from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute tax to the Transitional Reinsurance Tax. These will impact more than just the amount paid in premiums. These taxes can shift to consumer goods and property taxes.

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Self Funding

The Trusth about Wellness Roi

The Trusth about Wellness Roi

Dr. Robert Grant

Health care costs are among the biggest concerns of CEO’s today and the interest in workplace wellness programs potential financial savings is increasing. Employers are realizing they must be proactive as well as preventive in their wellness programs and are curious if the return on investment is worth the cost of implementation. This article breaks down the formula for tracking ROI along with case studies of companies who have seen success in tracking their ROI.

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Self Insured Employers Turning to Centers of Excellence

Self Insured Employers Turning to Centers of Excellence

Naren Balasubramaniam

Across the country networks of Centers of Excellence and self-insured companies are partnering to offer employees higher quality medical treatment for a lower price. These Centers of Excellence are chosen according to the procedure or treatment the facility specializes in. Walmart has played a major role in the establishment of Centers of Excellence. Walmart partnered with the Mayo Clinic allowing its employees to travel to the Mayo Clinic and receive treatment with no co-pay or deductibles. These Centers of Excellence are known for being high-volume surgical facilities and produce a better outcome percentage. With such efficiency and skill the likelihood of an employee having a follow up procedure or surgery is minimal decreasing the chance of future costs to the employer.

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Approach Employee Benefits Like Workers Comp

Approach Employee Benefits Like Workers Comp

Melissa Robinson

Approaching employee benefits like workers compensation can pay dividends to your bottom line. Finding the root cause of your companies insurance benefit problem is the first step in formulating a plan to prevent and reduce the percentage of claims your company sees in the future. Research shows the chronic diseases are the most common, costly, and preventable. The implementation of an integrated health management strategy is key to keeping healthy employees healthy and reducing the cost of employee healthcare for your company in the long term.

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Voluntary Benefits

The Changing Landscape of Voluntary Employee Benefits

The Changing Landscape of Voluntary Employee Benefits

Jay M. Jaffe

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has caused an increased interest by insurance agents and companies to become more active in the voluntary employee benefits market. The health insurance landscape is changing along with the voluntary employee benefits business. Technology, competition, market maturity, and predictability are all responsible for this change. New and improved technology is discovered every day. The growth in the voluntary benefits market can account for the increase in market competition. Increased regulation will encourage employers to change how they operate as employers begin to handle the health insurance needs their employees have rather than throwing out new benefits to offer. The voluntary benefits distribution center is making available and affordable products for average workers.

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Skinny Plans and the Controversy Surrounding Them

Skinny Plans and the Controversy Surrounding Them

Voluntary Benefits Magazine

Skinny plans may offer employers a chance to save money from the employer mandate, but there may be some suprises.

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