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Planned out-of-pocket caps for health care could cost employers

Published May 27, 2015 CST

New federal health care reform law regulatory guidance ends lingering uncertainty on how much in out-of-pocket costs employers with high-deductible plans can require employees to pick up.

Health insurer Humana explores sale

Published May 29, 2015 CST

(Reuters) – Humana Inc. is considering selling itself after receiving multiple expressions of takeover interest, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday, highlighting the potential for further consolidation in the U.S. health insurance industry.

Worksite health centers set to expand

Published May 28, 2015 CST

While less than half of large U.S. employers offering on-site health facilities plan to add new centers, the majority expect to broaden the on-site health services they currently offer, a new survey shows.

Many Americans have no retirement savings

Published May 27, 2015 CST

(Reuters) — Many Americans are not financially prepared for retirement, with almost a third of working adults without savings or a pension, according to a Federal Reserve survey published on Wednesday.

Drugmakers funnel payments to high-prescribing doctors

Published May 26, 2015 CST

Nearly one-quarter of Medicare's top-prescribing physicians received consulting fees or other financial perks from manufacturers of the drugs they prescribed in 2013, renewing nagging questions about conflicts of interest in medical decision-making.

401(k) balances hit record, but few employees manage accounts

Published May 28, 2015 CST

Employees' 401(k) plan account balances and participation rates both hit records in 2014, according to a new analysis.

Telemed docs no more or less likely to prescribe antibiotics

Published May 28, 2015 CST

Antibiotic prescriptions were as frequent among doctors providing care through a telemedicine appointment as physicians who saw patients face-to-face, a new study found, but the types of antibiotics prescribed via telemedicine were more expensive and could increase antimicrobial resistance.

Major deficiencies shown in 39% of benefit plan audits

Published May 29, 2015 CST

Some accountants auditing employee benefit plans have a quality problem, said a study published Thursday by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration.

(subscription required)Biosimilar drugs may curb health care costs

Published May 24, 2015 CST

The first biosimilar drug approved for the U.S. market has put the spotlight on how such medications could help employers with their ongoing health care cost battle, while biologic-drug makers are fighting biosimilars in court.

(subscription required)Health care reform's 'Cadillac' excise tax complicating labor talks

Published May 24, 2015 CST

The health care reform law's so-called “Cadillac tax” on employer health plans doesn't take effect until 2018, but it already is complicating employer contract negotiations with unions.

(subscription required)Employers welcome private health insurance exchanges as cost-cutting tools

Published May 24, 2015 CST

MINNEAPOLIS — Private health insurance exchanges are enabling employers to dampen rising costs for benefits they provide to employees and changing benefits professionals' view of their roles.

Defined contribution health care pairs with self-insurance

Published May 10, 2015 CST

New health care plan models brought about by the health care reform law are challenging employers to find options to rein in costs. Joseph Berardo Jr., CEO of health care services company MagnaCare, discusses how self-insuring health care and moving toward a defined contribution model can help curb spending.