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.


Challenges to Changes in Post-65 Retiree Health Benefits Dismissed.
Benefits Magazine; v54 n12 pp 60-61 Dec 2017; journal article

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Abstract : The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio grants the motion by the defendant energy company to dismiss a complaint by the plaintiff unions concerning changes made to health benefit plans for post-65 retirees.
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Direct Contracting and Bundling: Remedies for Rising Health Care Costs.
Haberichter, Eric; Benefits Magazine; v54 n12 pp 22-26 Dec 2017; journal article

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Abstract : Direct contracting and health care bundling are emerging strategies for self-funded benefit plans seeking greater predictability and control over health care costs.
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Filling in the Gaps: Helping Employees Plan Better for Retirement.
Rappaport, Anna M.; Ward, Greg; Benefits Magazine; v54 n12 pp 40-45 Dec 2017; journal article

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Abstract : When planning for retirement, many people fail to consider issues such as retirement age and disability and nonfinancial aspects including health and social engagement. The authors provide insight on those concerns and suggest retirement planning resources that employers may share with employees.
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Other Recent Decisions.
Benefits Magazine; v54 n12 pp 65-68 Dec 2017; journal article

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Abstract : Summarizes cases on benefit reduction, benefit denial, fiduciary duties, retirement benefits and benefit denial.
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Setting Up For Success: Wellness Strategies for Multiemployer Plans.
Paralkar, Sadhna; Benefits Magazine; v54 n12 pp 16-21 Dec 2017; journal article

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Abstract : Multiemployer wellness programs may improve their chances of success by properly designing incentives, using on-site clinics and taking advantage of increased use of smartphones.
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What's Working: Moving the Needle on Wellness.
Bergstrom, Kathy; Benefits Magazine; v54 n12 pp 13-15 Dec 2017; journal article

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Abstract : Ohio National Financial Services shifted the focus of their longstanding wellness program to generating measurable results, linking incentives to specific actions.
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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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HSAs to lead the Way After ACA.
Gilmore, Brian; NewsBriefs; v35 pp 22-23 4th Qtr 2017; journal article

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Abstract : Proposed health savings account expansions have the potential to radically disrupt the employer-sponsored group health plan industry.
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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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Analytics + Disease Management = ROI.
Young, Nancy; Benefits Quarterly; v33 no4 pp 28-36 4th Qtr 2017; journal article

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Abstract : In the quest to control health insurance premium costs, companies have turned to wellness programs. These lifestyle-based programs have been proven ineffective from a cost-savings perspective. More effective are customized, data-driven solutions that focus on disease management. These programs focus on the prevention of chronic illness through highly targeted care management identified by in-depth data analysis. The result is a higher engagement rate than that of traditional lifestyle-based programs and, thus, lower employer health care insurance costs with a higher return on investment.
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Can My Smartphone Make Me Healthier?
Marcotte, Scot A.; Hunt, Ruth; Benefits Quarterly; v33 no4 pp 8-16 4th Qtr 2017; journal article

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Abstract : If we help our employees to be healthier, all sorts of good things can happen. Employers can see better productivity, reduced absenteeism, lower health care costs and even a more energized culture. At the same time, employees may suffer fewer health issues, better manage their health conditions and have greater quality of life. This article describes the effectiveness of smartphone apps to motivate behavior changes across multiple dimensions of employee well-being. The authors provide case studies and explain what employers should consider when designing initiatives that use apps to improve employee well-being through employee benefit plans.
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Can Technology Improve Health Care Decisions?
Dugas, Jonathan; Benefits Magazine; v54 no10 pp 50-54 Oct 2017; journal article

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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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Change and Challenge: Top Ten Investment Considerations for Not-for-Profit Health Care Organizations.
Ancell, Michael; Benefits Quarterly; v33 no4 pp 37-39 4th Qtr 2017; journal article

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Abstract : Despite relatively steady recent operating improvements, not-for-profit health care organizations face both cost challenges and significant potential changes if and when new legislation ultimately passes into law. This article provides ten considerations that should be the focus of not-for-profit health care organizations' attention as they adopt an enterprisewide view of their investment programs to understand total system balance-sheet risk.
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Civil Marriage Certificate Requirement for Health Insurance Coverage Upheld.
Benefits Quarterly; v33 no4 p 47 4th Qtr 2017; journal article

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Abstract : Individual is unable to prevail on Title VII religious discrimination claim as a result of his inability to furnish a civil marriage certificate. Employer's requirement for a civil marriage to establish spouse's health coverage was generally applicable and neutral toward religion.
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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

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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

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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

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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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Exploring the Role of Employers as Health Educators.
Cranston, Susan D.; Benefits Quarterly; v33 no4 pp 23-27 4th Qtr 2017; journal article

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Abstract : Chronic diseases are leading influencers of health care costs for employers. Employers may wrestle with whether it is their responsibility to educate employees about chronic disease prevention and support. The option of maintaining the status quo, however, may result in a mounting financial burden. This article shows how adopting a proactive role as health educator may prove to be a critical business decision, allowing employers to positively influence the direction of worker health, drive down claims expenses and reduce the demand on public health resources.
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