BHCG Monitor: Focus on Health Care Benefits

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BHCG Monitor: Health Care Reform - Notable News


Health Care Reform – Notable News

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued final regulations on the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) health coverage information reporting requirements that were scheduled to take effect in 2014 but have been delayed until 2015, with reporting commencing in 2016. In addition, the IRS posted guidance clarifying flexible spending account (FSA) carryovers and health spending account (HSA) eligibility and procedures.


BHCG Monitor: An Electronic Personal Health Record Primer


Employer-Sponsored clinics – coming to a place near you?

While employer-sponsored clinics have been around for more than 70 years, it is safe to say their popularity has grown considerably over the last decade or two, and now have a presence in virtually every industry. As they have gained in prominence in the health care delivery landscape, they have grown more sophisticated in terms of their services.  Employer-sponsored clinics have evolved from places staffed by nurses to treat minor illness and injuries to, in some cases, clinics that offer services such as preventive, acute and chronic care, wellness, occupational health, disease management and a host of ancillary services.  These services are offered through employer-sponsored clinics developed using a variety of delivery, organizational and ownership models.



Making Benefits Communication Better

Mary Rode, The Write Source

Health care reform, the proliferation of high deductible health plans and health savings accounts (HSAs), integrated wellness programs, financial wellness education – the need has never been greater for employers to establish an effective, year-round employee benefits communication strategy. As a plethora of recent research has shown, employers have a significant stake in effectively communicating employee benefits and providing valuable information and education to employees regarding the use of benefits, consumerism and health and wellness.

The “right” communication goes a long way toward helping employees and dependents understand, appreciate and use their benefits – as well as helping employers manage costs and increase employee retention and engagement. From formulating a strategy to actual communication development, there are some basic tips for success that employers should consider when creating benefits communications.



The New Health Care Imperative – Driving Performance, Connecting to Value

On June 24 Janet Lucas-Taylor and Steve Riedl of Towers Watson presented highlights of the 19th Annual Towers Watson/National Business Group on Health Employer Survey on Purchasing Value in Health Care to the Business Health Care Group’s Benefits Subcommittee. The 2014 report, titled, The New Health Care Imperative – Driving Performance, Connecting to Value, identified the actions of the best-performing employers as well as current trends in health care benefit programs of U.S. employers with at least 1,000 employees, across a variety of industries. The survey was completed by 595 employers between November 2013 and January 2014.  Survey respondents collectively employ 11.3 million full-time employees and expected to spend approximately $98 billion on health care in 2014.