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Non-Traditional Health Benefits are the Focus of New Piece in Self-Funding Series

SFS News Release: Non-Traditional Health Benefits are the Focus of New Piece in Self-Funding Series - Continuing to expand its collection of educational resources, the Self-Funding Success website has published another piece related to the benefits of self-funding. This latest resource explores the more non-traditional health benefits being implemented today and how they are saving plans READ MORE>

Fiduciary Burden of the Quarter: Strictly Abiding by the Terms of the Plan Document

ERISA is very clear that the Plan Administrator is required to administer benefits strictly in accordance with the terms of the applicable plan document. Plan Administrators, though, are often faced with difficult situations – situations where paying a claim that might otherwise be excluded under the plan document would avoid considerable headache, appease a member READ MORE>

Ready or Not, Leaders Prepare for a Value-Based Future

The future of the healthcare industry may be uncertain when it comes to Congressional action, or the lack thereof. But one concept that has been widely embraced for the past few years is the commitment of healthcare leaders to a value-based model for care and reimbursement. READ MORE

Cognitive Health Systems Provide Custom Analysis for Employees

With the healthcare price tag rising to $10,000 or more a year per person, employers and healthcare providers looking to lower costs and help employees manage their health are turning to big data and analytics to better handle surging costs.... cognitive health systems ... integrate patient-level data from health records and other sources to create READ MORE>

Newly Published Pieces Summarize How Self-Funded Benefit Plans Are Regulated

SFS News Release: Newly Published Pieces Summarize How Self-Funded Benefit Plans Are Regulated – Designed to be an informational tool for consumers who are exploring how self-funded health benefits work, the Self-Funding Success website has recently published two new resources... READ FULL RELEASE

Innovator’s Wellness App Aims to Improve Employee Nutrition

SFS Tech Tactics: occasional articles focused on technology’s expanding role in cost-savings and improved health in customized self-funded health plans – Jason Langheier, a physician, knew that poor diet was a major problem in the U.S. But he also knew employers could be — and should be — be part of the solution…. That’s why he READ MORE>

House Passes Bill to Limit State Regulators’ Powers over Self-Insurance

U.S. Congress has voted for a bill that provides protection for small and medium sized firms that choose to self-insure. The Lower House passed the Self-Insurance Protection Act ... which sets legal limits to regulators’ jurisdiction over self-insurance health plans by setting unequivocal parameters to define medical stop loss policies and how they are different READ MORE>

FAQ Resource Published to Answer Common Questions about Self-Funding

SFS News Release: FAQ Resource Published to Answer Common Questions about Self-Funding – Adding to its collection of educational resources for consumers, the Self-Funding Success website recently developed an FAQ reference. This piece addresses questions on the basics of self-funded health plans, as well as many others related to costs, planning and implementation. READ FULL RELEASE

A Change for Small Biz Could Cost Some Employers their Custom Health Plans

Faced with rising premiums in the group health insurance market, the Park Slope Food Coop opted five years ago to create a custom plan for its 74 full-time employees and their family members and pay for the costs directly. "I'm convinced we would have had to raise prices if we weren't self-insured," said Joseph Holtz, READ MORE>

TPA Controls High Claimant Costs through Claims Management, Early Detection

A study shows that claimants who accumulate $50,000 or more in annual benefit costs represent nearly a third of total spending as it relates to employers’ health plans. What can be done to help contain these high costs? Third party administrator (TPA) MedBen explains how two key tactics – claims management and wellness-focused early detection READ MORE>