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.


15 Technology Trends That Can Elevate Your Wellness Program.
Mittag, Anna; Benefits Magazine; v55 no6 pp 26-31 Jun 2018; journal article

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Abstract : Technology such as wearables and wellness apps can boost wellness program participation and engagement. This article identifies 15 technology trends that have the potential to improve wellness programs.
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Administrator Must Consider Emotional Lability When Determining Disability Benefits.
Benefits Magazine; v55 no6 pp 70, 72 Jun 2018; journal article

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Abstract : The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio grants the appeal by the plaintiff employee benefits plan participant for the denial of long-term disability (LTD) benefits by the defendant plan administrator and instructs the defendant to provide a full and fair inquiry.
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Curbing the High Cost of Opioid Abuse Treatment.
Johnson, Andy; Benefits Magazine; v55 no6 pp 14-18 Jun 2018; journal article

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Abstract : As the opioid epidemic worsens, health plans are getting hit with large bills from out-of-network substance abuse treatment facilities. Plan sponsors can take steps to control these costs but must be mindful of mental health parity requirements when enacting changes.
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Evaluating the Effectiveness of Wise Use of Medical Training -- A Case Study.
McGee, James L.; Hembree, William E.; Benefits Magazine; v55 no6 pp 40-46 Jun 2018; journal article

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Abstract : Teaching severely and catastrophically ill plan members how to more effectively use health care and plan for end-of-life care can help health plans reduce costs. This article describes a study of a patient education process being tested by a transit workers fund in Washington, D.C.
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Five Meaningful Benefits for Millennials.
Rochman, Renee M.; Benefits Magazine; v55 no6 pp 48-52 Jun 2018; journal article

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Abstract : Employers that want to attract and retain Millennial employees may want to consider offering benefits that help this younger generation balance their personal and professional lives.
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Other Recent Decisions.
Benefits Magazine; v55 no6 pp 73-76 Jun 2018; journal article

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Abstract : Summarizes cases on retiree health care, heath care, reimbursement, benefit denial and stock plans.
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Benefit Plans and Cybersecurity Threats: Controls Outweigh Technology.
Dalal, Hormazd P.; Benefits Magazine; v55 no5 pp 28-33 May 2018; journal article

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Abstract : While technology is an important part of guarding employee benefit plans against cyberthreats, limiting access to information and having security protocols in place are key to protecting plan data.
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Centers of Excellence - Redefining Value for Hospital Procedures.
Matthews, Jennifer A.; Schorsch, Kenneth; Benefits Magazine; v34 no2 pp 40-48 2nd Qtr 2018; journal article

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Abstract : Employers with self-funded medical plans feel helpless these days in their struggle to control rising plan costs. Medical and pharmacy costs are continuing to increase dramatically year over year, while opportunities to truly manage them seem scarce. Centers of excellence (COEs) have represented a savings opportunity for large self-funded employers for a number of years, and the trend is moving downstream to smaller self-funded employers. Employers across the nation need to understand how a centers of excellence program could work for their population to change members’ care decisions, improve health outcomes and reduce unit costs to maximize the savings potential for common procedures.
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Class Certified in Case Alleging Retiree Benefits Had Vested.
Benefits Magazine; v55 no5 pp 50, 52 May 2018; journal article

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Abstract : The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio grants the plaintiff retirees' motion for class certification in their suit alleging that the defendant former employer violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) by unilaterally modifying retiree medical benefits that had already vested.
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Clear Language Needed to Alter Postretirement Benefits.
Hrycyna, Matthew; Plans & Trusts; v36 no3 pp 32-33 May/Jun 2018; journal article

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Abstract : In Nickel v. Weyerhauser Company Limited, the Supreme Court of British Columbia certified a class action against Weyerhauser Company Limited with respect to certain unilateral changes made by Weyerhauser to the postretirement benefit entitlements of its former employees.
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Conducting a Mental Health Culture Audit.
Ginter, Phillip A.; Benefits Magazine; v55 no5 pp 40-45 May 2018; journal article

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Abstract : One in five working adults experiences at least occasional mental health disorders, making mental health a workplace issue. Employers that want to address the issue can start with a mental health culture audit.
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Court Finds Breach of CBA to Also Be ERISA Violation.
Benefits Magazine; v55 no5 pp 57, 59 May 2018; journal article

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Abstract : The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan grants the motion for summary judgment by the plaintiff union retirees and denies the motion to strike by their defendant former employer after an arbitrator found that the defendant's decision to discontinue benefits outlined in a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) constituted a breach of contract.
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Employee Not Entitled to Compensation for Time Spent Completing Health and Wellness Screenings.
Benefits Quarterly; v34 no2 pp 67-68 2nd Qtr 2018; journal article

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Abstract : An employee is not entitled to receive compensation for time spent completing an annual health screening and online wellness review as part of her voluntary wellness program.
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Health Insurance Company, PBM Not Acting as Fiduciaries in Price Dispute.
Benefits Magazine; v55 no5 pp 54-56 May 2018; journal article

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Abstract : The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York grants the motion by the defendant health benefit company and pharmacy benefits manager (PBM) to dismiss claims by the plaintiff subscribers of the defendant health plans after finding that the defendants are not fiduciaries under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).
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Lightening the Load of Elder Care.
Doling, Adam; Solimando, Peter C.; Benefits Magazine; v55 no5 pp 16-20 May 2018; journal article

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Abstract : Nearly 25 million U.S. workers are caring for an elderly parent or loved one. Employers, unions and welfare funds can offer benefits to help workers balance the demands of work and caregiving.
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Other Recent Decisions.
Benefits Magazine; v55 no5 pp 66-68 May 2018; journal article

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Abstract : Summarizes cases on stock plans, benefit litigation and severance.
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Provider Network Optimization: The Next Frontier in Employer-Sponsored Health Care.
Murphy, Michael S.; Penev, Todor; Benefits Quarterly; v34 no2 pp 31-34 2nd Qtr 2018; journal article

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Abstract : Roughly half the U.S. population is covered under health plans sponsored by large employers. That puts these organizations in a powerful position to demand increased consistency and value from the health care system, starting with their local markets. Through provider network optimization, employers finally have a practical approach to understanding their local health care ecosystems and engaging in strategies that drive their employees to lower cost providers that truly deliver quality care. Through this new level of transparency and insight, proactive employers are empowered to make intelligent decisions on how to guide their people to the best quality care at competitively priced facilities.
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SPDs Must Inform Plan Participants of Available Plan Benefits.
Benefits Quarterly; v34 no2 pp 63-64 2nd Qtr 2018; journal article

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Abstract : Summaries and amendments to summary plan descriptions (SPDs) violate the statutory and regulatory disclosure requirements of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) if they do not apprise the average plan participants of available plan benefits.
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Terminated Retirees' Age Discrimination Claim Rejected.
Benefits Quarterly; v34 no2 pp 64-65 2nd Qtr 2018; journal article

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Abstract : Terminated retirees failed to establish a discrimination claim since their participation in a supplemental health insurance plan - not their ages - was the determinative factor in the termination decision.
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Transforming the HR Function Through Robotic Process Automation.
Papageorgiou, Dimitris; Benefits Quarterly; v34 no2 pp 27-30 2nd Qtr 2018; journal article

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Abstract : Over the next four years, the robotic process automation (RPA) market is expected to grow to about $200 billion, with the vast majority of Fortune 1000 companies adopting it. This article shows how, by beginning a journey now to transform the human resources (HR) function through RPA, employers can be in position to lead the disruption and not be compelled to react to it. The goal of RPA is not to reduce head count. Instead, it is to eliminate the manual tasks employees don’t enjoy now and allow employees—and the organization as a whole—to focus on improving client service and employee satisfaction.
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Understanding the Impact of Choice and Decision Support in Benefits Marketplaces Over Time.
Nyce, Steven; Greenbaum, Jari; Benefits Quarterly; v34 no2 pp 8-20 2nd Qtr 2018; journal article

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Abstract : Benefits marketplaces create an entirely new benefits experience by allowing employees to shop online for their health and other benefits. A wide array of product and plan choices can allow employees to create customized portfolios of benefits tailored to their own needs. Through these online marketplaces, employers can offer more benefit choices to their employees while also controlling benefits costs in the face of annual rate increases from medical carriers. In fact, the overwhelming majority of employers that participated in a 2017 Willis Towers Watson survey regarding employer satisfaction with benefits marketplaces reported that moving to an online marketplace had helped them control benefits costs. In this article, we look to the results from companies that have already made the shift to a benefits marketplace to understand employee buying patterns over time and the implications of system recommendations on employee purchases.
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What's Working: Building Wellness Program Participation and Engagement.
Bergstrom, Kathy; Benefits Magazine; v55 no5 pp 12-14 May 2018; journal article

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Abstract : Discusses Walworth County Wisconsin's employees' responses to health risk assessments (HRAs), and how the county has adjusted wellness programs to increase participation.
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How Are U.S. Multinationals Preparing for Brexit?
Crum, Selima; Dobelbower, Nicholas C.; Benefits Magazine; v55 no3 pp 48-54 Mar 2018; journal article

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Abstract : U.S. multinational companies are assessing the impact of Brexit on their European businesses, regional talent strategy and employee benefit plans.
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How to Assess the Financial Status of Your Health Fund.
Patrick, Stephanie; Benefits Magazine; v55 no3 pp 22-29 Mar 2018; journal article

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Abstract : Determining benefits and setting contribution rates for health and welfare funds can be challenging tasks for trustees. The author explains the role of financial statements, funding projections and summary reports in determining and monitoring the financial status of a fund.
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In the Know: Spring Into Action.
Plans & Trusts; v36 no2 p 35 Mar 2018; journal article

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Abstract : Accountemps offered tips to employees to beat the winter blahs and boost productivity and morale. Initiatives cited in an International Foundation report on wellness trends in the workplace provide additional ideas for employer support.
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