A New Look for a New Era

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After a creative, collaborative and thorough process that included feedback from various stakeholders, we are excited to share our new BHCG brand identity with you, effective March 1! With a change in our strategy and an expansion of our service area, it was the perfect time for BHCG to refresh our identity to better reflect […]

Thank You, Katrina Cravy – Good Ideas Need to Be Shared

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The Business Health Care Group’s (BHCG) Annual Meeting held on October 26 featured a lively keynote address by Katrina Cravy, former consumer reporter for Fox6 News Milwaukee.  Recently, Cravy mentioned her address and experience at the Annual Meeting in her blog entitled “What Are You Not Telling the Boss?” and hit upon an important factor […]

Make Open Enrollment Your Marketing Campaign

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As the old saying goes, timing is everything. Numerous studies have shown that with the market emphasis on consumer driven health plans and wellness, employees are now ready to take a renewed interest in their benefits options. In an Aflac survey last year, 89 percent of employees expressed interest in having more support and decision-making […]

Health Care Price Shopping Not Widespread Among Health Plans or Consumers, Survey Finds

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While many employers have made an effort to educate employees and dependents that medical procedure costs vary widely depending on location and provider type, a recent survey found only 29 percent of health plan sponsors offer a pricing comparison tool, according to respondents. The survey was conducted last month by corporate wellness program vendor HealthMine […]

Most Profitable Hospitals in U.S. Are Nonprofits

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A recent Johns Hopkins study found that while most U.S. hospitals lost money on patient care services in fiscal year 2013, seven of the 10 most profitable hospitals were nonprofits. Profits from these hospitals ranged from $163 million to the $302.5 million earned by Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse – which is the […]

Onsite Clinics Add Alternative Treatment Services to Impact Costs and Productivity

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Onsite Clinics Add Alternative Treatment Services to Impact Costs and Productivity Employers increasingly consider corporate health clinics a vital component of health and wellness strategies. The most recent National Business Group on Health survey revealed 44 percent of large employers had onsite corporate health clinics and nine percent were considering them. Many employers look to […]

Double Digit Increases for Prescription Drug Prices Continued in 2015

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Well in excess of the U.S. inflation rate, overall prescription drug prices rose by more than 10 percent in 2015. According to a report released this month by health care data company, Truveris, the country is in its third year of double-digit increases for prescription drug costs. The report found the price of brand name […]

Communicate Value-Added Employee Solutions to Increase Uptake

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Employers continue to look to offset increasing health care costs through high deductible health plans, while simultaneously offering quality support programs for employees to help them make the best health care decisions. Many employers have invested considerable time and resources into offering employee decision support tools and value-added programs such as telemedicine, second opinion or […]

Most Large Employers Already Planning for Cadillac Tax

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According to a recent report from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust, one in five employers with 200 or more employees say their health plans will exceed the ACA’s excise tax threshold limits that begin in 2018. The survey shows most employers are already planning for the tax, with 13 […]

What Do Employees Think of Their Benefits?

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A recent survey of both employers and employees, the Guardian Workplace Benefits Study, sheds some light on how employees perceive their benefits – and also what employers believe about employee benefit perception. Less than two in 10 employers believe their employees are extremely satisfied with their benefits. How do employees really feel about their benefits, […]