Archive for General

  • NBGH Releases 2017 Health Plan Design Survey

    The National Business Group on Health released a summary of their 2017 Health Plan Design Survey last week.  The press release itself and, of course the actual survey, are worth the read. Ironically, a 5% increase in premiums (as projected by major employers for 2017) would have been a stunning ...

  • Availability of Telemedicine Benefits Continues to Rise Availability of Telemedicine Benefits Continues to Rise

    It was reported in Becker's Health IT and CIO Review that telemedicine, as a benefit to employees, has increased from 48% of employers to 74% (2015 to March of 2016).  That is a huge increase and you just have to check the stock values of these telemedicine companies to verify that growth. This ...

  • A New Twist on Health A New Twist on Health

    CNBC reporters Mark Dixon and Susan Shoemaker, both partners at Plante Moran, authored a brief article on CNBC.com about a new offering by some companies related, indirectly, to health and wellness - financial planning. May seem unusual, but when you stop and think about it, stress related to fin...

  • Healthcare Systems Continue to Jump In Healthcare Systems Continue to Jump In

    A recent article on HealthLeaders Media (written by Christopher Cheney), states that "Providing on-site and near-site health services for large employers. . . presents a golden growth opportunity for some health systems." The article itself uses Bellin Health System as an example of one such sy...

  • Are you a Are you a “Best Company to Work For?”

    Well, 9 of the top 100 companies noted by Fortune.com as a best place to work also offer on-site clinic services at multiple locations, not just their corporate headquarters or main site of business.  Who are they? CHG (a health care staffing agency), also ranked #18 as a best place to work. ...

  • After all these years. . .

    Manatee County in Florida announced that they will vote on the creation of an on-site clinic for their employees in the next month. On the Editorial page of the Bradenton Herald (February 4, 2016) it was noted that the issue had been under review for months with objections from the medical communit...

  • Your health program can affect bottom line performance Your health program can affect bottom line performance

    Will your employee health programs translate into better financial performance for your company?  No one knows for sure, but studies performed by reputable organizations (HERO, The Health Project, and others) certainly indicate that investment value grows at a higher rate among those corporations w...

  • Optum/NBGH Study

    A white paper produced by the National Business Group on Health in conjunction with Optum shows that there is a correlation between reducing health risks among employees and improvement in absenteeism and presenteeism. The white paper is a summary of a survey conducted in which the researchers we...

  • Mercer Study Shows Employers Won't Cut Onsite Clinics In Spite of Mercer Study Shows Employers Won’t Cut Onsite Clinics In Spite of “Cadillac Tax”

    In a recent article in Forbes by Bruce Japsen, reference was made to a study of more than 100 large employers (by Mercer) showing that in spite of the fear of the "Cadillac Tax" on benefit plans costing employers at least $10,200/year for a single employee (or $27,500 annually for family benefits), ...

  • Patient Inclusion in the EMR Process? Patient Inclusion in the EMR Process?

    The New York Times is reporting in an article by Steven Lohr that involving the patient directly in their medical information is a future trend that is positive and somewhat of  a game-changing event.  It details one case and then goes on to address the fact that there are some major medical cente...