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.


Collaborative Care: Working Together to Address Mental Health.
Darley, Ewuria; Benefits Magazine; v54 no11 pp 54-59 Nov 2017; journal article

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Abstract : By promoting collaborative care in the treatment of mental health issues, employers can help their employees receive better care, reducing the negative impact of mental illness on the workplace and health care costs.
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Conversation With Pat M. Irwin.
Hartman, Robert J.; Plans & Trusts; v35 no6 pp 28-29 Nov-Dec 2017; journal article

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Abstract : Organizations can support caregiving employees in many ways in order to meet employee needs, boost overall morale and increase workplace productivity.
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eACOs: Fixing the Broken Triangle in Health Care.
Brice, R. Anthony; Kimberly, Mary; Woodard, Tanisha; Benefits Magazine; v54 no11 pp 30-39 Nov 2017; journal article

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Abstract : Interest in employee accountable care organizations (eACOs) is growing among employers looking for ways to control health care costs.
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Insurance Company Must Pay Indian Tribe for Hidden Fees in ERISA Plan.
Goodman, Lindsay M.; Benefits Magazine; v54 n11 pp 72, 74 Nov 2017; journal article

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Abstract : The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District Court of Michigan grants motions for partial summary judgment by the defendant insurance company over claims by the plaintiff Indian tribe that the defendant charged hidden fees in benefit plans subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).
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Insurance Company Not Liable for Denying Natural Medical Treatments.
Goodman, Lindsay M.; Benefits Magazine; v54 n11 p 73 Nov 2017; journal article

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Abstract : The U.S. District Court for the Western Division of South Dakota grants the motion for summary judgment by the defendant insurance provider and denies the plaintiff plan members' motion for summary judgment concerning a complaint that the defendant wrongfully denied benefits and improperly handled claims in violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).
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Long-Term Care Benefits Denied Due to Insufficient Evidence.
Goodman, Lindsay M.; Benefits Magazine; v54 n11 pp 67-68 Nov 2017; journal article

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Abstract : The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirms a district court decision granting summary judgment in favor of the defendant life insurance company on the plaintiff plan participant's Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) claim for denial of long-term care benefits.
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National Pharmacare--Dead and Alive.
Bonnett, Chris; Plans & Trusts; v35 no6 pp 10-14 Nov-Dec 2017; journal article

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Abstract : Given the complexity and costs involved in a national drug insurance program, it is important for plan sponsors, advisors and insurers to be engaged on this topic and to be able to understand and communicate their needs and goals.
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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder--What Employers Need to Know.
Persaud, Anil; Plans & Trusts; v35 no6 pp 22-27 Nov-Dec 2017; journal article

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Abstract : As medical professionals learn more about PTSD, employers can use this knowledge to create a supportive workplace environment and help workers return to a healthier life.
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Quick Look: Health Care Costs.
Benefits Magazine; v54 no11 p 60 Nov 2017; journal article

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Abstract : Here's a look at costs for employer-sponsored health insurance in 2017 and how employers and employees plan to manage health care costs.
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Can Technology Improve Health Care Decisions?
Dugas, Jonathan; Benefits Magazine; v54 no10 pp 50-54 Oct 2017; journal article

Availability : International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
Abstract : Making a personal health decision is a complex process. The author discusses the factors that enter into such decisions and the growing role of technology.
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Confronting and Surviving Insolvency: A Guide for Multiemployer Pension Plans.
Rasalingam, Anusha; Benefits Magazine; v54 no10 pp 26-31 Oct 2017; journal article

Availability : International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
Abstract : What happens when a multiemployer pension plan seeks assistance from the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation? The author explains the insolvency process, including managing the plan after it begins receiving financial assistance.
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Cybersecurity: The Next Step for Protecting Your Plan.
Shick, Erin E.; Pappenfus, Rachel; Benefits Magazine; v54 no10 pp 38-43 Oct 2017; journal article

Availability : International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
Abstract : A 2016 Department of Labor report on cybersecurity provides benefit plan sponsors with guidance on implementing a cybersecurity policy, including how to ensure third parties have adequate protections in place.
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Domestic Impact Investing.
Lankin, Thalia; White, Lesyllee; Benefits Magazine; v54 no10 pp 18-24 Oct 2017; journal article

Availability : International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
Abstract : Investing in domestic and local projects that rebuild infrastructure and create jobs and affordable housing may help Taft-Hartley and public pension plans improve returns while also serving the interests of their participants.
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Flexible Work Arrangements: 2017 Survey Results.
Held, Justin; Dougherty, Teri; 33 pp 2017; survey

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Abstract : This survey report examines the status, approach, impact and policies of organizational flexible work arrangements of corporations and public employers in the United States. The report details responses on flexible work arrangements including compressed workweeks, flexible work hours, job sharing, part-time hours, seasonal work, summer hours and telecommuting/working remotely.
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Managing the Impact of State and Local Leave Laws.
Nines, Agnes; Benefits Magazine; v54 no10 pp 44-49 Oct 2017; journal article

Availability : International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
Abstract : Keeping up with the multitude of state and local laws that regulate family and other types of leave is a complicated task. This article describes best practices for developing a leave management policy.
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Other Recent Decisions.
Benefits Magazine; v54 no10 pp 69-72 Oct 2017; journal article

Availability : International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
Abstract : Summarizes cases on subrogation, fiduciary duties, retirement benefits, retiree health care and benefit denial.
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Retirees Not Entitled to Unlimited Lifetime Benefits.
Benefits Magazine; v54 no10 pp 57, 60 Oct 2017; journal article

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Abstract : The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirms the district court grant of summary judgment favoring the defendant international manufacturing company in a lawsuit by plaintiff retirees claiming unlimited lifetime health insurance benefits.
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Washington Update: Mental Health Parity Implementation FAQ and Draft Model Form.
Benefits Magazine; v54 no10 p 68 Oct 2017; journal article

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Abstract : On June 16, 2017, the Department of Labor, Health and Human Services and treasury issued a frequently asked question (FAQ) document regarding implementation of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA), as amended by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the 21st Century Cures Act, as well as a draft model form to help participants request information from health plan regarding mental health benefits.
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Addressing Behavioural Bias in Decision Making.
Cranston, Susan D.; Plans & Trusts; v35 no5 pp 18-23 Sep-Oct 2017; journal article

Availability : International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
Abstract : All of us face internal and external factors that create biases impacting our decisions. It's important for trustees and administrators, given the level of responsibility for others, to identify and minimize these biases.
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Anatomy of a Benefit Appeal: Best Practices for Plan Sponsors.
Brice, Daniel R.; Benefits Magazine; v54 no9 pp 14-21 Sep 2017; journal article

Availability : International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
Abstract : Having the proper procedures in place for responding to benefit appeals can help health and pension plan sponsors avoid breaching their fiduciary duties and prevent expensive litigation.
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Benefit Trends: Health Care Reform Priorities.
Held, Justin; Benefits Magazine; v54 no9 p 8 Sep 2017; journal article

Availability : International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
Abstract : The International Foundation's "Employer Pulse Check: The Future of ACA" survey of 727 human resources, benefits professionals and trustees representing all sectors overwhelmingly showed that respondents would continue to offer coverage if the Affordable Care Act employer mandate were repealed.
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Conversation with Ashley T. Spetch, Ph.D.
Plans & Trusts; v35 no5 pp 24-25 Sep-Oct 2017; journal article

Availability : International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
Abstract : The economic burden of anxiety and depression in Canada is almost 50 billion dollars a year in lost productivity. So although employer costs for treatment of these disorders can seem expensive in the short run, the cost of not treating anxiety and depression can be even greater. Ashley T. Spetch, Ph. D., vice president, Workplace Health and Research with Homewood Health, Inc., in Vancouver, British Columbia, discusses the importance of recognizing signs and symptoms of these mental health disorders--and ways employers can support affected employees.
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Getting More From Health Screenings.
Desai, Pete; Benefits Magazine; v54 no9 pp 46-51 Sep 2017; journal article

Availability : International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
Abstract : Workplace health screenings have the potential to catch serious health problems early, thereby improving work health status and outcomes. To operate a successful screening program, however, employers must address issues including communication with health plan participants and coordination with physicians.
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Is Your Workforce Worried About Money? A Financial Wellness Program May Be the Cure.
Luongo, Chris; Benefits Magazine; v54 no9 pp 36-40 Sep 2017; journal article

Availability : International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
Abstract : Whether it's how to pay off student loan debt or save enough for retirement, many employees are worried about money issues. A workplace financial wellness program can help alleviate financial stress among employees, potentially improving productivity and talent recruitment and retention along the way.
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Other Recent Decisions.
Benefits Magazine; v54 no9 pp 66-68 Sep 2017; journal article

Availability : International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
Abstract : Summarizes cases on contributions, benefit denial, retaliation, severance and retiree health care.
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