High Deductible Health Plans: Gaining Steam!

By |June 6th, 2016|Categories: Employee Benefits|

Traditional Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) health plans have been the most popular health insurance option in the U.S. since the decline of HMOs in the late 80’s to mid-90’s. But times are changing. Employers have [...]

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Subsidies, Or Lack Thereof: A Hurdle For The Marketplace

By |June 2nd, 2016|Categories: Healthcare Reform|

A recent ruling by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia has the attention of the health insurance carriers and politicians. The public should also be following this decision, since it impacts [...]

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No Cost / High Impact Summer Benefits to Keep Employees Engaged

By |May 31st, 2016|Categories: Human Resources|

This is a guest blog post from our HR partner, CAI. CAI is a trusted resource for N.C. employers for HR, compliance and people development. During the winter months, when the weather outside is cold, gray and [...]

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Value-Based Contracts For Drugs: The New Trend?

By |May 24th, 2016|Categories: Employee Benefits|

In reviewing claims and utilization data for my clients, I often find that pharmacy costs are increasing at a higher rate than other categories. Upon further analysis, the cost may be related to expensive drugs [...]

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Healthcare Transparency Tools: A Hit Or Miss?

By |May 20th, 2016|Categories: Employee Benefits|

We used to say that people have more information about the price of the next car that they’re going to buy then the next knee surgery or MRI that they are going to have. Furthermore, [...]

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Be Prepared: Phase Two HIPAA Audits Are Coming

By |May 16th, 2016|Categories: HIPAA|

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on March 21, 2016, that it has officially begun Phase 2 of its Health Insurance Portability and Accountability [...]

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NC Healthcare Benefits And Cost Survey: The Results Are In!

By |May 6th, 2016|Categories: Employee Benefits|

The results are in for the most recent iteration of the North Carolina Healthcare Benefits and Cost Survey, and there are some interesting results across the board. The bottom line is something that won’t surprise [...]

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What Employers Should Know About Section 1411 Certifications

By |May 4th, 2016|Categories: Healthcare Reform|

The Employer Mandate is perhaps one of the most nerve-wracking parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for large employers: those employing more than 50 full-time equivalent employees, or FTEs. (What’s an FTE? Find out [...]

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As UHC Leaves the Exchange, What Does The Future Hold?

By |April 29th, 2016|Categories: Healthcare Reform|

On April 19th, United Healthcare made waves in the medical insurance world by announcing that they were going to discontinue offering individual insurance on the exchange in the majority of the states in which they [...]

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Using Effective Recruiting Sources

By |April 25th, 2016|Categories: Human Resources|

This is a guest blog post from our HR partner, CAI. CAI is a trusted resource for N.C. employers for HR, compliance and people development. According to a CareerBuilder survey of over 1,600 of their [...]

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10 Things We Can Learn From Apple’s Company Culture

By |April 7th, 2016|Categories: Human Resources|

Each company’s culture is entirely unique. And at Apple, the internal culture has lent itself to one of the most successful companies of the 21st century. Here are 10 important things that HR managers can [...]

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Spousal Health Coverage Costs Continue To Rise

By |March 31st, 2016|Categories: Employee Benefits|

The cost of health insurance continues to rise, but the cost of covering one’s spouse is looking to be quite expensive for those spouses that waive their own employer-sponsored benefits. According to a recent survey [...]

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Community Paramedicine: The Evolution of Case Management

By |March 28th, 2016|Categories: Health Management|

As healthcare costs continue to climb and the new reality of the Affordable Care Act sets in employers, providers, and communities are all looking for new ways to impact their healthcare costs. One emerging trend [...]

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Top Reasons Why Employees Voluntarily Leave Your Company

By |March 24th, 2016|Categories: Human Resources|

This is a guest blog post from our HR partner, CAI. CAI is a trusted resource for N.C. employers for HR, compliance and people development. There are several reasons employees decide to leave their jobs. Every employee [...]

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Communicating Change: Don’t Ignore ERISA

By |March 22nd, 2016|Categories: Employee Benefits|

For most businesses, total employee compensation is one of the largest investments they make. According to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employee Benefits typically comprise 30% of the total compensation [...]

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Can We Control Healthcare Cost By Utilizing Medicare?

By |March 18th, 2016|Categories: Employee Benefits|

Did you know Medicare reimbursement rates for healthcare are typically lower than reimbursement rates paid by insurance companies? Some employers are taking notice and indexing their employer reimbursement rates to the Medicare rates in hopes [...]

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CBO Report: Why You Shouldn’t Jump To Conclusions

By |March 17th, 2016|Categories: Employee Benefits|

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently generated some noise by releasing a report predicting that employer-based healthcare premiums would increase by an average of 5.6-5.8% over the next ten years. Some of this noise is [...]

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Oral Health: More Than Just a Pretty Smile

By |March 10th, 2016|Categories: Health Management|

What do endocarditis, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s disease have in common? According to the Mayo Clinic, all of these diseases may have a link to oral health. Understanding the connection between oral health [...]

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3 Considerations In Allowing Medicare To Negotiate Drug Prices

By |February 25th, 2016|Categories: Health Management|

Anyone following America’s ongoing presidential campaign has probably noticed candidates on both sides discussing one specific concern: high prescription drug prices. One solution that multiple candidates, including Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, have [...]

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Four Tips To Make Your Onboarding Process A Success

By |February 24th, 2016|Categories: Human Resources|

This is a guest blog post from our HR partner, CAI. CAI is a trusted resource for N.C. employers for HR, compliance and people development. Starting a new job is overwhelming. Trying to perform your best and [...]

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