BHCG Monitor: Focus on Health Care Benefits - April 2012
 
 

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BHCG Monitor: Focus on Health Care Benefits - April 2012

 

Supreme Court Decision: Full Speed Ahead with Compliance

On June 28 the United States Supreme Court rendered a historic decision that many employers were waiting to hear to put an end to their guessing about health care reform. In a 5-4 decision, the Court generally upheld the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including the individual mandate and the provisions directly impacting employers. Employers can now turn their attention to the near- and long-term compliance deadlines the ACA imposes. However, with health care front and center in the national conversation, the only thing certain is that more changes will come, thus heightening the need for plan sponsors to stay focused on plan management and cost control.



 
 
 
 

BHCG Monitor: Advance Care Planning – An Imperative Conversation

 

Advance Care Planning – An Imperative Conversation

Hopefully, most consumers have planned for retirement and probably have a will. But what about planning and sharing health and medical wishes with their families and key health care providers – do loved ones and physicians know their wishes? If not, they may be putting them all in the very difficult position of having to make critical health care treatment decisions on their behalf.

Advance care planning, commonly referred to as Advance Directives, is yet another critically important step that consumers can take to be responsible for their own health and health care. In this article we answer the following questions: Why advance care planning is important? What do the terms Advance Directives, Living Wills and Power of Attorney for Health Care mean? We'll also review two initiatives in Wisconsin concerning advance care planning and plans BHCG has to support its members in addressing this critical issue.



 
 
 
 

BHCG Monitor: An Electronic Personal Health Record Primer

 

An Electronic Personal Health Record Primer

A Personal Health Record (PHR) is one important step consumers can take to be responsible for their own health and health care. Without consumers taking this responsibility, efforts by employers alone to mitigate health care cost increases will be difficult at best. In this article we answer the following questions: What is a PHR? What are the benefits of creating one? What information is contained in a PHR? What are some considerations in choosing a PHR vendor/platform?



 
BHCG Monitor: Focus on Health Care Benefits - April 2012