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Health Decisions Helps Employers Manage Enrollment, Eligibility 

Friday, August 23, 2013 9:44:00 AM Categories: News and Views
How to handle working spouses is front and center for more and more employers, as seen in this recent article. This along with common-law marriages, domestic partners, same-sex marriages, and multi-generational families are all part of the... read more
 

A New Era of Secrecy Between Group Health Payers and Providers 

Monday, August 19, 2013 1:26:00 PM Categories: News and Views
In the last ten years, secret agreements between providers and payers have become the norm with most PPO networks. These agreements specifically exclude employers and self-funded health plans from seeing what is agreed to, even though those same... read more
 

"Employers Unhappy with their Brokers" -- How We Can Help 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 11:07:00 AM Categories: News and Views
This recent Employer Benefit Adviser story underscores the challenges brokers face – providing more service in a time of diminishing compensation. Health Decisions bridges this dilemma. Our services give brokers an on-going, year-round role in... read more
 

The Claims You Should be Auditing, But Aren't (Webinar) 

Thursday, July 25, 2013 9:30:00 PM Categories: Prior Presentations
For many self-funded plans, prescription claim costs approach or exceed medical claim costs. A modern claim audit needs to include a review of prescription claims. In this webinar, Health Decisions was pleased to present Don Champoux, Senior VP... read more
 

A Trend Toward Fee-based Consulting 

Friday, July 19, 2013 12:50:00 PM Categories: News and Views
This video highlights a growing trend – brokers moving from commission to fee-based consulting. I don’t know the gentleman featured here but I know a lot of brokers like him. We provide the healthcare claims and enrollment data and IT support... read more
 

Changes in Provider Payment Practices Impact Self-Funded Plans 

Friday, July 12, 2013 11:01:00 AM Categories: News and Views
The url below links to an article on how changes in provider payment practices impact payers and self-funded plans. This illustrates why provider payment error never stops or is “fixed.” As long as providers keep changing how they bill (which... read more
 

Obamacare Compliance Delay and Self-funded Plans 

Wednesday, July 03, 2013 2:04:00 PM Categories: News and Views
What Happened? What to Do? Welcome to the regulatory roller coaster. The announcement of the one-year delay in implementing the employer "Pay-or-Play" reporting provisions under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is here. The delay relates to what ... read more
 

Obamacare Compliance: How it Helps Self-funded Plans (Webinar) 

Thursday, June 27, 2013 10:24:00 AM Categories: Prior Presentations
Here’s the “dirty little secret” about the new “pay-or-play” requirements: Most plans will pass easily and few plans will have any problems with penalties. Here’s the less obvious part of compliance: The steps called for by the new... read more
 

Recent NY Times Article on ObamaCare and Consumer Opinions 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 10:35:00 AM Categories: News and Views
Million-Anecdote Baby Si thought this article held some interesting views. The fate of ObamaCare will be determined by consumer reactions. We explore the employer's role in this new reality at our June 27 webinar. read more
 

Employer Mandate Calculations Explained (Webinar) 

Thursday, June 13, 2013 9:30:00 PM Categories: Prior Presentations
This is the second in our three-part webinar series on health reform support around the employer mandate regulations. This webinar focuses on the four levels of calculations associated with Pay-or-Play decisions every plan must make. How to count ... read more
 
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