Health Care Cost Trends

Foundation Publication Search Results

These summaries were compiled from Foundation Publications Search, a database of articles, research reports and books published by the International Foundation and the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists.


Benefit Trends: The Multiemployer Health Plan Landscape.
Held, Justin; Benefits Magazine; v54 no7 pp 8-9 Jul 2017; journal article

Availability : International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
Abstract : A look at findings of "The Multiemployer Health Plan Landscape: A Ten Year Look (2005-2014)," based on Form 5500 data from 1,602 multiemployer health plans.
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Quick Look: The Multiemployer Health Plan Landscape 2014.
Benefits Magazine; v54 no7 p 10 Jul 2017; journal article

Availability : International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
Abstract : Benefit costs increased to a median level of $10,014 for the nation’s 1,602 multiemployer health plans in 2014, according to "The Multiemployer Health Plan Landscape: A Ten Year Look (2005-2014)."
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Quick Look: Mental Health and Substance Abuse Benefits.
Benefits Magazine; v53 no12 p 12 Dec 2016; journal article

Availability : International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
Abstract : Most organizations believe employee mental health and substance abuse issues have an impact—on the overall physical health of their workforce, productivity, morale, relationships with co-workers and worker safety. The vast majority of plan sponsors that responded to the International Foundation’s "Mental Health and Substance Abuse: 2016 Survey Results" offer benefits that attempt to address these issues.
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Benefit Trends: Benefits a Big Part of Compensation.
Held, Justin; Benefits Magazine; v53 no7 pp 8-10 Jul 2016; journal article

Availability : International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
Abstract : Employee benefit offerings remain a critical component of the employment relationship, providing security for workers, while acting as a recruitment, retention and engagement tool for employers. Benefits comprise a significant percentage of total employee compensation--as much as 60 percent in some organizations, according to the International Foundation's fifth "Employee Benefits Survey."
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Employee Benefits Survey: 2016 Results
Held, Justin; Mrkvicka, Neil; Stich, Julie; 70 pp 2016; survey

Availability : International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
Abstract : Results of the fifth comprehensive benchmarking survey conducted by the International Foundation. Includes data on pension and retirement plans, health care benefits and other benefits, such as life insurance, work/life benefits and time off, for three distinct sectors in the U.S.—corporations (including professional service firms), public employers and multiemployer benefit plans. Responses were gathered from members of the Foundation and the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists during 2016.
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Mental Health and Substance Abuse Benefits: 2016 Survey Results
Dougherty, Teri; Held, Justin; Stich, Julie; 72 pp 2016; survey

Availability : International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
Abstract : An International Foundation report examining the types of mental health/substance abuse benefits offered by member corporations, multiemployer trust funds and public employers/governmental entities in the United States and Canada. The report includes information on topics such as employee assistance programs, mental health conditions covered and prescription drug abuse and examines the impact of mental health/substance abuse on the workforce and on health care costs.
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Quick Look: ACA's Impact.
Benefits Magazine; v52 no6 p 10 Jun 2015; journal article

Availability : International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
Abstract : "2015 Employer-Sponsored Health Care: ACA's Impact" found plan sponsors' opinions of the Affordable Care Act to be increasingly negative.
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Quick Look: Benefit Survey Highlights.
Benefits Magazine; v52 no1 p 15 Jan 2015; journal article

Availability : International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
Abstract : The fourth "Employee Benefits Survey" provides benchmarking data on a broad spectrum of benefits offered by 571 organizations—large, small and in between—from nearly 20 industries.
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ACA Employers Pay to Play.
Mrkvicka, Neil; Newsbriefs; v32 pp 14-15 3rd Qtr 2014; journal article

Availability : International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
Abstract : Over half of the 691 respondents to a 2014 survey by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans feel the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has negatively affected their organization. About 40 percent feel the ACA has boosted employee engagement in health care but that half of workers are confused or uninterested, despite informative communications. The vast majority of employers plan no significant changes in health insurance coverage, though a small percentage of those with 50 or fewer employees may cut their workforce or trim the number of full-time workers to contain ACA-related costs. About one in five started or expanded wellness programs and 22 percent will do so in 2015, but few will go to a limited medical plan or drop spousal coverage. For those who have analyzed costs linked to the ACA, the median cost increase or 2014 is four percent, though over 40 percent expect higher increases in 2015.
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Don't Just Take Their Word For It: Find Right Health and Productivity Management.
Ungvarsky, Mark; Benefits Magazine; v48 no5 pp 34-38 May 2011; journal article

Availability : International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
Abstract : Health and productivity management programs teach healthy behaviors and give support to the sickest participants, controlling employer costs due to health care and lost productivity. For a health and productivity management program to work, employers need to identify the sources of increased health care costs. This should include not just sources of direct health costs, but also absenteeism and productivity loss. Programs create cost data using claims information and employee health assessments. They then identify groups with chronic or serious conditions to focus on. To get the most out of their programs, employers must work with vendors to design the program and encourage as much employee participation as possible.
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Managing Today's Rapid Growth in Diagnostic Radiology Costs.
Duford, Don; Benefits & Compensation Digest; v46 no6 pp 16-19 Jun 2009; journal article

Availability : International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
Abstract : Increased use of diagnostic radiology has led to an annual growth rate of 20 percent in the cost of diagnostic imaging. Human resource and benefits administrators must be aware of the different types of radiology providers. Hospitals provide excellent radiology services at premium costs, while physicians with their own radiology equipment can lead to questionable quality and unnecessary procedures. Specialty providers can offer the best services, superior scheduling and attractive pricing.
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