By bundling all costs for the surgery under one negotiated price and offering expertise that lowers the odds of complications, the Cleveland Clinic can give employers a better deal than some hospitals closer to employees' homes.
As consumer-directed health plans proliferate in response to market forces, their success will be contingent upon a workforce that is comfortable with using health savings accounts to pay and save for qualified medical expenses.
Foursquare helps people discover new places, restaurants and experiences nearby with their mobile phone. For the talent team at Foursquare, employee procedures like onboarding didn't have the same ease and connectivity that their products allowed consumers to enjoy. Onboarding and other procedures were time-consuming, manual processes that resulted in redundant records and tons of wasted paper.
Much has been made about how the exchanges are playing in Peoria, but what about Portugal, Poland or Peru?
The Affordable Care Acts ongoing rollout is likely to spark many employers to take action within their benefit plans. Whether it is utilization of a high-deductible health plan or emphasizing voluntary options, employers say that a change is imminent, according to a new studys findings.
Form 8822-B is approaching its March 1 deadline and many employee benefit plan and trust sponsors and administrators are not aware if this date applies to them. Find out more about this confusing topic from national business and corporate law firm Porter Wright.
A new workplace campaign from Employers' Coalition and the Partnership for Workplace Mental Health aims to help employers reduce the stigma of depression and help avoid costly disability claims.
A majority of private company executives say that hiring is still at the top of their to-do lists for 2014 despite concerns over the skills available in the workforce, according to a study released by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Health care plan sponsors planning to get in the front of costly services this year may want to consider increasing employee communication, particularly if they have high deductible health plans. New data from Change Healthcare shows wide price variability among some common medical procedures.
An estimated 1.5 million employees call in sick the Monday after the Super Bowl, according to global survey data from Kronos, the worlds leading provider of workforce management technology. After Sundays big football face-off, workers have the Winter Olympics to watch and discuss, as well as March Madness, meaning businesses around the world are sure to see a downtick in employee attendance and productivity.
Among additional fun facts around the big games costly time out, Joyce Maroney, director of the Workforce Institute at Kronos, offers employers five tips for managing a less productive and/or thinning staff during such events. [Images: Shutterstock.com]
The president also touched briefly on the Affordable Care Act, challenging Republicans to let Americans know what their specific plans [are] to cut costs, cover more people, and increase choice.
Improving employee health while reducing employer health care costs are the dual objectives of supermarket chain Kroger, which has about 130,000 people employees and dependents enrolled in one of its three medical plans.
The strength of a business relies on its bottom line, and it takes a productive and engaged workforce to help meet those financial goals, particularly for a client-focused organization, such as EPIC, an employee benefits brokerage firm in Petaluma, Calif. With this in mind, EPIC has implemented a wellness program to improve its employees health and has watched it grow and positively influence employees lives.
Among benefits-related cases in 2013, courts addressed offerings to same-sex couples, statute of limitations, remedies under ERISA and 401(k) plan fees. Heres a look at five cases that could have implications for your benefit plans in the year ahead.
Finding a new job is a top priority for many workers with 83% of Americans saying they plan on switching careers in 2014. Considering the upswing, Allison & Taylor, an employment verification firm, offers 10 employment trends that potential job candidates should consider while searching ideas that reflect many of the changes and the new normal in the HR world.