November 2012 - Employee Benefits I AP Benefit Advisors

Large employers look to on-site health clinics to reduce costs and absenteeism

By Sarah Halzack, The Washington Post On-site health care clinics are increasingly being set up at large companies that are looking for new ways to reduce health care costs and boost employees’ productivity. These facilities are being established by firms across all sectors to offer everything from urgent and primary care to biometric screenings to chronic […]

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Clearer Prescription Drug Labels May Be on the Way

Safety-standards group wants to simplify confusing language that can lead to dosing mistakes By Steven Reinberg, HealthDay Reporter Confusing dosing instructions for prescription drugs cause more than a million medication mix-ups a year in the United States, but experts say proposed labeling changes could slash that number. The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) — a nonprofit group […]

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DOL Wellness Program Guidance under PPACA

Consistent with what we’ve known about PPACA, when 2014 arrives, nondiscriminatory wellness programs will have the ability to increase the maximum permissible rewards from 20% to 30% of the cost of coverage.  Further, today’s proposed regulations from HHS/IRS/DOL allow for an increase to 50% for wellness programs designed to “prevent or reduce tobacco use.” As […]

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Healthcare Costs Top U.S. Executives' Concerns – Adecco Survey

By Nick Zieminski (Reuters) – U.S. corporate executives are more worried about providing healthcare benefits to their employees than about issues like wages, taxes or attracting qualified workers, according to a survey by the world’s No. 1 staffing company, Adecco SA. In Adecco’s poll of senior executives, 55 percent named healthcare benefits as their biggest […]

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Businesses honored by FMH for employee wellness programs

By: Ed Waters Jr. News-Post Staff Three Frederick businesses were honored Wednesday night for their efforts to keep employees well and productive. The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Legal and General America, and the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Detrick were presented the honors from Frederick Memorial Hospital. Ken Coffey, chief development officer and vice […]

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Study: Smartphones Could Help Doctors Assess Stroke Patients

www.ihealthbeat.org Viewing medical images on smartphones can be an effective way to evaluate stroke patients during telehealth consultations, according to a study published online in the journal Stroke, Clinical Innovation & Technology reports (Godt, Clinical Innovation & Technology, 10/2). Study Details The study was led by researchers at the Mayo Clinic Telestroke Network in Arizona […]

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Seven Factors Driving Up Your Health Care Costs

By Julie Appleby, KHN Staff Writer There is no one villain in the battle against rising health care costs. Currently, the United States spends more on health care services than any other country, exceeding $2.6 trillion, or about 18 percent of gross domestic product. Most years, medical spending rises faster than inflation and the economy […]

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