How to Develop Your Employees by Providing Feedback

By |August 19th, 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. Part of a manager’s job is to help grow and develop talent [...]

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Cyber Threats & Security – Stay Safe & Stay Compliant

By |August 17th, 2016|Categories: Compliance|

Credit cards with computer chips in them.  New online passwords every 30 days with capital letters and numbers and symbols.  Everywhere we turn these days, companies seem to be going to great new lengths to [...]

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Telemedicine: Just What The Doctor Ordered

By |August 15th, 2016|Categories: Health Management|

It’s so predictable - just like clockwork every year.  My family gets ready to go on vacation, and then it begins.  One son says his “throat is hurting” and I find out he had been [...]

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13 Million Steps And Counting – A Wellness Journey

By |August 12th, 2016|Categories: Health Management|

Chris Froome accomplished quite a feat this July, becoming Britain’s first three-time winner of the Tour de France. He was also the first Tour de France winner to defend his title in over twenty years. [...]

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Sun Setting Isn’t Just for Beach Vacations: North Carolina Small-Group Transitional Relief Is Ending In 2018!

By |July 19th, 2016|Categories: Healthcare Reform|

Small business group insurance requirements under the Affordable Care Act have been, to put it mildly, confusing. While the ACA did not require small businesses (as it defined them, those with fewer than 50 full-time [...]

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Why Top Performers Choose to Leave

By |July 12th, 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 a declining economy, new hires for organizations would often come from [...]

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Is The GOP’s ACA Replacement Really “A Better Way”?

By |July 6th, 2016|Categories: Healthcare Reform|

The Republican Majority in the House of Representatives recently unveiled their latest proposal, dubbed "A Better Way," to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Though the House has voted to repeal President Obama’s signature [...]

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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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