A Good Job Description Is An Important Management Tool

By |July 1st, 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. What comes to mind when you hear “job description?” Waste of [...]

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Marketplace Premiums Will Continue To Trend Upward In 2017

By |June 27th, 2016|Categories: Employee Benefits|

Now is the time when insurance carriers will begin determining premium pricing for their individual plans and filing for approval with state departments of insurance.  Undoubtedly, their goal will be to offer plans that meet [...]

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Do Transparency Tools Make Us Better Consumers?

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

Transparency tools may make us better consumers but will they really help keep health plan costs down?  A couple of recent studies indicate that this tactical approach, which is intended to make us better shoppers [...]

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Accountable Care Organizations: What Are They?

By |June 15th, 2016|Categories: Employee Benefits|

With ever increasing costs to provide healthcare to employees, employers are searching for lower cost alternatives in the marketplace to provide adequate coverage at a cost that fits into their organization's budget. Conversely, the Affordable [...]

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What Can Group Health Plans Learn From ACA Rate Hikes?

By |June 14th, 2016|Categories: Healthcare Reform|

Just after Memorial Day, Blue Cross and Blue of North Carolina (BCBSNC) filed for an 18.8% average increase in premiums for customers who buy their coverage through www.healthcare.gov via the Affordable Care Act.  BCBSNC is [...]

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Pharmacies, Big Pharma, and Rising Prescription Prices

By |June 10th, 2016|Categories: Employee Benefits|

A key trend among medical plans lately has been the move away from traditional pharmacy tiers. In the traditional model, generics — regardless of cost — reside under the least expensive copay tiers on your [...]

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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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