January 2012 - Employee Benefits I AP Benefit Advisors

Top Benefits Administration and Group Health Blogs

We’ve been blogging profusely at AP Benefit Advisors about benefits administration, the healthcare industry, group health and employee wellness strategies, and other important issues. Here are a few of the most popular recent blogs: Guidance on Essential Health Benefits from HHS/CMS An Ounce of Prevention Getting on the Path to Better Employee Communications

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Emerging Healthcare Technologies to Keep an Eye On

By Ed Smith Chief Information Officer, Alere Health Medicine and technology have matured, dramatically improving outcomes for critical conditions, and yet we still have epidemic levels of diabetes and obesity. As healthcare has become more specialized, it has also become more fragmented; losing site of the fact that patient engagement in the treatment plan is the […]

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Getting on the Path to Better Employee Communications

By Mary Frank, RHU, GBA Manager, Health Benefits, Stryker How many times have you immediately deleted an email you thought was spam or perused a poster and then immediately forgot what you read? Communicating effectively with employees may sound easy, but inspiring them to actually read and retain the information in your wellness program newsletters and […]

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An Ounce of Prevention..

Benjamin Franklin was fond of the aphorism “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Few concepts are more pertinent to benefits administration, employee wellness, and overall success in the workplace. Wellness begins not with the cure, but with prevention – this includes a number of activities or behaviors that many may take […]

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2012 Revised Healthcare Reform Timelines, Version 5.0

If you want to see 10 pages of health reform in a 1 page timeline (well, 1 page for Employers and 1 page for Employees) then please visit our website (www.apbenefitadvisors.com). But, if you are looking for details specific to just a certain year or plan, then you can’t do better than this implementation timeline […]

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Webinar Tomorrow: New Regulations for Exchanges and PPACA For Employers

Join us for this complimentary, educational webinar and learn the key information that employers must know about Insurance Exchanges and PPACA. CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) recently released a 360 page “draft” on new regulations regarding Exchanges. These regulations still leave a great deal of flexibility for States to design their own Exchanges. […]

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HHS Issues Final Rule for PPACA Medical Loss Ratio Rebates

On December 2, 2011, HHS and CMS (the Departments of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) released new final rules that addresses an assortment of issues with respect to the PPACA medical loss ratio (MLR) requirements.  In conjunction with the new rules, the DOL (Department of Labor) has issued […]

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IRS Issues Additional/Revised Guidance on W-2 Reporting of Health Benefits

With the release of Notice 2012-9, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has given more advice about how employers, benefit plan administrators and others should go about applying the new Form W-2 health benefits cost reporting requirements that were mandated by PPACA.  This latest guidance (23 pages) updates, expands and replaces prior IRS Notices 2010-69 and […]

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COBRA Administration

AP Benefit Advisors offers a number of insurance and administration services to optimize the cost and effectiveness of significant and complex programs needed to keep businesses running smoothly. One such service is the COBRA process, ensuring that companies are in compliance with all regulations. COBRA regulations can be numerous and intricate, like recent ARRA and […]

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