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This room contains pieces drawn from my experiences at Health Decisions. It offers practical advice for anyone involved in managing group health plan expenses.
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Complete Enrollment: The Source of Cost Control  

Tuesday, September 28, 2010 2:32:00 PM Categories: Prior Presentations
The longer you work in health benefits the more you realize that all costs are enrollment driven. That’s right, all costs: premiums, claims, risk, fees, liability, compliance, etc. FACT: Health care cost control requires accurate,... read more
 
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Restoring Competition to the Self-funded Market 

Monday, August 23, 2010 10:56:00 AM Categories: Prior Presentations
Nationwide, the self-funded, group health market has become dominated by high cost administrators who justify their high costs with assertions of larger “provider discounts.” Competition in this market relies on meaningless and misleading... read more
 
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Maintaining "Grandfather" Status: Is it Worth It?  

Thursday, July 29, 2010 4:03:00 PM Categories: Prior Presentations
Health reform is forcing every existing plan to decide whether it wants to maintain its status as a "grandfathered" plan. Not every plan will come to the same answer. This webinar will help attendees weigh the pros and cons of maintaining... read more
 
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Administrative Performance Contracts: "Trust but Verify"  

Thursday, June 24, 2010 3:38:00 PM Categories: Prior Presentations
Every self-funded plan fiduciary places trust in an administrator for day-to-day plan operations. Both the fiduciary and the administrator benefit if they follow President Reagan’s maxim: “Trust but verify.” This free webinar will show... read more
 
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Self-Funded Plans and Health Reform: Challenges and Opportunities 

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:36:00 PM Categories: Prior Presentations
Change creates challenges and opportunities. The change brought by the new health reform law is no exception. Self-funded plans will find that parts of health reform are not in their interests. Those that look and prepare will also find... read more
 
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Dependent Auditing in the New Age of Health Reform 

Thursday, April 15, 2010 3:33:00 PM Categories: Prior Presentations
One of the most immediate and significant impacts of health reform for employers will be changes to dependent coverage rules. All dependents are now covered until age 26 regardless of student status, residency, support, or other... read more
 
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Managing Medicare Cost Shifting  

Monday, March 15, 2010 1:29:00 PM Categories: Prior Presentations
Learn from medical claim and enrollment auditing experts Si Nahra, Ph.D., and Judy Mardigian as they share best practices for Dependent Eligibility Auditing. Co-founders of Health Decisions, Inc., the presenters will discuss the Dependent... read more
 
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Year-end Auditing  

Friday, January 15, 2010 1:38:00 PM Categories: Prior Presentations
Auditing is the most fundamental of self-funded plan fiduciary responsibilities. It is also often the most overlooked or ignored. Whether you have just ended a plan year or are preparing for year-end renewals, auditing should be on your... read more
 
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Waste, Abuse and Fraud 

Tuesday, December 15, 2009 1:18:00 PM Categories: Prior Presentations
Everyone knows that there is waste, abuse, and fraud in the health care system. The question is how much can be found in your plan? This webinar will demonstrate proven techniques for pinpointing instances of waste, abuse, and fraud in a... read more
 
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Self-Funded Health Plans: How to Reduce Costs without Changing Coverage 

Sunday, November 15, 2009 2:30:00 PM Categories: Prior Presentations
Every self-funded health plan faces the same challenge -- how to hold back the rising tide of health care costs. Double digit health care inflation makes this a challenge that can't be ignored. Changing coverage or administrators offers... read more
 
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