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The Challenges of Increasing Reliance upon Evidence Based Medicine in Health Care

The Challenges of Increasing Reliance upon Evidence Based Medicine in Health Care

Lorna Sills Katica, J.D.

The Accountable Care Organization (ACO), as introduced by the Affordable Care Act, is a coordinated group of health care providers who provide comprehensive team based care to a defined population. The ACO is designed to reduce cost and improve quality through pay for performance initiatives. The overarching theory is that providers will perform better, at a lower cost, when they are financially rewarded for doing so. However, in order to do this, one must be able to measure their performance accurately

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Laying the Groundwork for a Successful Private Exchange Experience

Laying the Groundwork for a Successful Private Exchange Experience

Eric Grossman

Employer interest in private exchanges has exploded over the past year. Early adoption by many employers for 2014 is a strong leading indicator that exchanges will become a prevalent strategy over the next few years. This view is supported by a Mercer survey of 900 employers conducted in May 2013, in which 35 percent of respondents said they would consider offering a private exchange within two years and 57 percent within five years.

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Health Insurance Exchanges – Provider Impacts: An Exploration

Health Insurance Exchanges – Provider Impacts: An Exploration

Neelam Vinay & J. P. Pattanaik

The reforms proposed by president Barack Obama is expected to change the healthcare landscape of the U.S. in the next few years. While it has gained popularity, a significant section of the population have opposed these reforms.

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The Value of Private Health Exchanges

The Value of Private Health Exchanges

Mark Roberts

As almost everyone knows in the benefits world, the federal government is moving toward health care exchanges as one outflow of guidelines in the Affordable Care Act. As well, several states also have their own health exchanges active or in the pipeline for activation. Another option being introduced into the market place is private health exchanges.

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Supply Chain Transformation (P2P from A to Z) Healthcare Looks to Other Industries for Best Practices

Supply Chain Transformation (P2P from A to Z) Healthcare Looks to Other Industries for Best Practices

Kevin L. Shrake, FACHE

There are at least 100 different objectives that healthcare executives could be working on to address the challenges of healthcare reform, and 99 of them do not count. The one that all objectives roll up to is improving the financial performance of the organization. Should executives turn their backs on quality, physician integration, disease prevention, electronic health record and all the other hot topics of the day? Of course not, because doing the right thing in all of these key areas leads to enhanced financial performance. Keeping priorities in line and objectives alive relates back to that one key objective, financial performance. It is also clear that not all best practices reside in healthcare. ATM cards have been available for 30 years and have accommodated banking transactions all over the world but the healthcare electronic record is still a work in progress.

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Mobile Communications and the Future of Healthcare Delivery

Mobile Communications and the Future of Healthcare Delivery

Craig Keyes, CEO, Alere Health

In the most remote villages of Africa, community healthcare workers are using mobile devices to bring healthcare to people who would otherwise perish for lack of a healthcare infrastructure. Mobile communications also enable healthcare workers to track information about their patients and access guidance on standard care practices1. Surprisingly, emerging economies have been leading the way with mobile health (mHealth), demonstrating the value of the technology to the rest of the world as they use it to compensate for deficiencies in their fragmented health systems.

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Carefully Choosing the Right Benefits Package Pays Off for Employees—and Employers

Carefully Choosing the Right Benefits Package Pays Off for Employees—and Employers

Sherry M. Skarda

For many employees today, salary is no longer the sole measure of what constitutes a desirable job. Fed by business news websites, online forums and chat rooms, and countless other sources in our information-rich society, savvy employees are keenly interested in the perks offered in their benefits package.

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Corporate Wellness

Achieving Corporate Wellness Through the Art of Presentation: Why the Medium Is the Message

Achieving Corporate Wellness Through the Art of Presentation: Why the Medium Is the Message

David Tang

Achieving Corporate Wellness Through the Art of Presentation: Why the Medium Is the Message

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Leverage Wellness Leadership:  Make Lemonade from Health Reform’s Lemons

Leverage Wellness Leadership: Make Lemonade from Health Reform’s Lemons

Sibyl Bogardus & Josh Stevens

Health reform makes for strange bedfellows. Wellness is a feel-good, employee engagement tool. Many employers still view wellness as a luxury. At the opposite end of the spectrum, consider new minimal health plan designs (“skinny plans”) promoted to employers for healthcare reform penalty avoidance. Where is the common ground? What is the long-range strategic benefit of combining such opposite benefit offerings? In addition, how can you use your leadership skills to make the very most of a situation, to turn it on its head

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Culture of Health: A New Perspective

Culture of Health: A New Perspective

Joe Alexander

One thing is clear, simply instituting a health and wellness program does not mean your employees are participating or that your business is benefiting. In order to drive employee engagement and ultimately realize business impact, a more robust approach must be taken. This includes establishing organizational best practices and taking the employees’ perspective into consideration. In this paper, we argue that establishing a Culture of Health (COH) is a critical component of realizing the full benefit of health and wellness programming. We have three aims: (1) to define what a culture of health is and how it influences employee engagement, (2) present data from our “Landmark Study” on the importance of employee perceptions of COH in the workplace, and (3) draw conclusions on how to approach COH in employer organizations.

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The Growing Gap Between Nutritional Promise and Behavior

The Growing Gap Between Nutritional Promise and Behavior

Charles K. Bens, PhD

The gap between personal nutritional behavior and what scientists say can be achieved with better nutrition is growing faster than the national debt. There is scant evidence that many people are adopting truly healthy diets, as can be seen by some recent statistics.

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Employer Wellness Programs: Are They Worth the Money?

Employer Wellness Programs: Are They Worth the Money?

Vince Han, CEO Coach Alba

As HR executives and wellness directors navigate the rapidly developing employer-sponsored wellness landscape, a common plea from C-level management is for more clarity around ROI (Return on Investment). For every dollar spent to support employee wellness, what will we get back, and when will we get it?

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Addiction and the Workforce

Addiction and the Workforce

Johnny Tabaie

In the midst of the Great Recession, and the impact it has had across a multitude of professions, there is a corresponding phenomenon

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Sugar and Insulin: Double Edged Swords

Sugar and Insulin: Double Edged Swords

Charles K. Bens, PhD

AIc levels of 5.7 or above are said to be problematic. AIc measures the amount of glucose that has attached to hemoglobin over the past 3 to 4 months.

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Self Funding

Bouncing Back

Bouncing Back

Gregory Poulakos

Companies are working to reduce excessive employee leave and get them back sooner. Here are some tips to help make that happen.

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Value Based Purchasing by Self Insured Employer

Value Based Purchasing by Self Insured Employer

GCI

When it is time for elective surgery, most Americans still turn to their local hospital. Self-insured companies are increasingly making the bold move to allow their employees more options by creating networks of Centers of Excellence across the country, however. By forming partnerships with selected medical facilities renowned for particular services, these companies encourage their employees and covered dependents to pursue higher quality, lower cost treatments than would be available locally. The Centers of Excellence from which patients are able to receive care differ from local hospitals in several key aspects.

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Voluntary Benefits

Why Would an Employer Find a Worksite Long-Term Care Insurance Product Valuable Enough to Include in the Portfolio of Employee Voluntary Benefits?

Why Would an Employer Find a Worksite Long-Term Care Insurance Product Valuable Enough to Include in the Portfolio of Employee Voluntary Benefits?

Linda Tsironis Caruthers

The ‘invisible’ working family caregivers bring caregiver issues and caregiver-related ailments to the workplace every day. They remain ‘hidden’ to keep their jobs in a workplace culture that has no place for those with other problems no matter how worthy or socially redeeming

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Is Your Employees’ Legal Health a Wellness Issue

Is Your Employees’ Legal Health a Wellness Issue

Robert Heston

Legal problems are a direct drain on employee financial wellness and this is becoming an increasingly critical component in the employee wellness wheel. While no studies yet exist, this silent stress producer is creating massive amounts of costly employee stressors.

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Voluntary Legal Plans and Indentity Theft Protection

Voluntary Legal Plans and Indentity Theft Protection

Rip Mason CEO LegalShield

LegalShield is one of the nation’s leading providers of legal service plans for individuals, families and businesses. We have been offering legal service plans for more than 40 years and cover 3.7 million lives, so we know what it takes to provide a quality product and stellar member support. More than 34,000 companies offer the LegalShield plan to their employees as a voluntary benefit.

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Protecting your Financial Innocence

Protecting your Financial Innocence

Mark Roberts

How many times have you read about friends, family, or someone you don’t even know be victimized by a loss of their financial security through identity (ID) theft? Every day, thousands of men and women have their credit cards, bank accounts, and other personal and financial information stolen or compromised. Here is an infographic from Cisco that talks about risky behavior and its impact on ID theft:

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A Legal Services Plan Allows Identity Theft Victims to Obtain Swift, Effective Restitution

A Legal Services Plan Allows Identity Theft Victims to Obtain Swift, Effective Restitution

Brittany Schmigel

Identity theft is a significant problem on the rise. In 2012, it affected more than 12.6 million victims and was the number one complaint reported to the Federal Trade Commission

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