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  • Private exchange adoption could catch many by surprise

    October 23, 2014

    Commentary: The migration of employers from defined benefit to defined contribution programs has been the subject of a lot of conversation in the employee benefits industry for the past seven or eight years. The Affordable Care Act has galvanized the industry’s move forward, and the availability of highly advanced technology is likely to accelerate this transition.


  • Weight management programs suffer from lack of innovation

    October 23, 2014

    With more than one-third of U.S. adults being obese, employer-sponsored weight management programs can play an important role in the effort to get Americans to adopt healthier lifestyles.


  • Is your wellness math better than a fifth grader's?

    October 23, 2014

    The Validation Institute certifies individuals as competent to review, analyze, and produce health program measures. Given the high stakes – millions of dollars in savings – it’s comforting that not just any 11-year-old could pass.


  • 5 things employees would rather do than enroll in benefits

    October 23, 2014

    Open enrollment is a stressful time for benefit managers and employees alike. More than half of U.S. employees say the traditional open enrollment process to sign up for health care benefits is a waste of time and a miserable experience. In fact, the enrollment process is so unpleasant for employees that 20% of them would rather watch a movie about the life of Lindsay Lohan than complete it.


  • The risks of maintaining grandfathered health plan status

    October 21, 2014

    For employers fighting to maintain grandfathered status, consultants and benefit managers predict the Affordable Care Act’s ongoing implementation will mean the end of these health plan structures in the near future.


  • Why ex-employees are a data security menace

    October 20, 2014

    A new report from business applications cloud-hosting vendor Intermedia, which contracted with Osterman Research to survey employees who recently left companies, finds they commonly retain some degree of access to corporate information.


  • Benefit agencies plan tech spending spree

    October 20, 2014

    EBA’s first-ever technology survey reveals where benefit agencies plan to invest their IT dollars.


  • Easing Ebola fears in the workplace

    October 17, 2014

    U.S. employers are not immune to the Ebola scare sweeping the country, but for most businesses, the risk of their employees contracting the virus remains extremely low. Nevertheless, employers are encouraged to re-examine their workplace travel policies and pandemic plans, say labor and business health experts.


  • 5 reasons wearable wellness is here to stay

    October 16, 2014

    Whether it’s Fitbit, Jawbone UP, Apple Watch or even Google Glass, consumer demand for wearable technology is at an all-time high. Amy McDonough, Fitbit’s director of wellness, shares five reasons wearable fitness technology is not just a fad and what each trend means for employers and employees.


  • 4 ways to combat stress

    October 14, 2014

    Open enrollment is one of the busiest times of year for benefit managers. But don’t let the stress of the season get you down. Use these four strategies to fight back against the ill effects of stress.


  • Coal mining company tackles health care spending with telehealth, nurse practitioners

    October 10, 2014

    At Alliance Resource Partners, 4% of the workforce is responsible for roughly 45% of the company's annual health care spend. The coal mining company is implementing new initiatives to better reach workers at remote mine sites.


  • 3 ways private exchanges are changing employer-sponsored health care

    October 8, 2014

    Private health care exchanges bring with them major implications for employer-sponsored benefits, including a shift to defined contribution health care and increased access to data.


  • Are gaming apps just a wellness quick-fix?

    October 8, 2014

    Encouraging the use of video game-styled features on smartphones to boost participation in your wellness program might get employees off to a good start, but these tools might not be the best long-term solution to building engagement.


  • Taking an unconventional approach to wellness planning

    October 7, 2014

    Can a benefits manager pushing a wellness program simply tell his or her management team, 'trust me on this?' For Elkay Manufacturing, that positive attitude - and a great combination of personalized incentives - produced great results.


  • How to make the most of your narrow network

    October 6, 2014

    Narrow networks of health care providers offer new ways for employers and health plans to control the costs of care. But many of these networks are being constructed without regard to the value they deliver, says Scott Wallace, visiting professor at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine.



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