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by tying their contributions to the lowest cost of several plans, employers are helping workers become cost effective health care buyers

Employers are experimenting with managed competition: by tying their contributions to the lowest cost of several plans, employers are helping workers become cost effective health care buyers Pamela Taulbee Discouraged by unsuccessful attempts to control rising health care costs through managed care, a few employers are experimenting with a new strategy: they’re managing price competition […]

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The high price of pain

The high price of pain Mary Lou Hurley Pain is responsible for one in four lost workdays, a new nationwide survey reveals. The numbers also show some surprising gaps between employers’ perceptions and workers’ experiences. Occasional absenteeism is such a fact of workplace life that it rarely gets the scrutiny it deserves. Except in cases […]

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When not-for-profits decide to make a buck; with health care rapidly transforming itself into a for-profit system, savvy purchasers are beginning to question the short-and long-term effects

When not-for-profits decide to make a buck; with health care rapidly transforming itself into a for-profit system, savvy purchasers are beginning to question the short-and long-term effects Steven Findlay The Norman Rockwell portrait of health care in America has long been one of community hospitals and dedicated professionals selflessly tending the sick and the poor. […]

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Pay-related health care plans bring equity to cost sharing

Pay-related health care plans bring equity to cost sharing Kenneth M. Coughlin Several companies are experimenting with programs that link health care costs to employee’s annual salaries. When Xerox Corp. decided nine years ago to shift a portion of its health care costs to its employees, company officials tried an approach that they hoped would […]

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HMO quality assessment partnerships improve health care

HMO quality assessment partnerships improve health care – health maintenance organization Nancy Neil A mid much evidence that high priced health care does not necessarily indicate that pro-viders are delivering a high standard of care, purchasers are forming semi-formal partnerships with providers to improve the quality of health care. Indeed, employers and their coalitions are […]

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Four cost-cutting strategies – healthcare costs; includes related articles on four companies

Four cost-cutting strategies – healthcare costs; includes related articles on four companies – Cover Story Geoffrey Leavenworth The one-size-fits-all era of managed care is oven Employers are tailoring their benefit programs to reap the greatest efficiencies. Health care costs should increase by about 8% in 1994, according to a recent study by Milliman & Robertson […]

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The new mental health watchdogs: can they deliver?

The new mental health watchdogs: can they deliver? – includes related article on coordination of managed mental health care programs and employee assistance programs Rhoda Donkin The new mental health watchdogs: can they deliver? Managing mental health services is the latest cost containment trend. Here’s what you should know. A decade ago the idea that […]

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In the shadow of the managed care monolith

In the shadow of the managed care monolith Joanne Silbrener By all accounts, managed care is a major success story. Its methods broke the back of double-digit inflation in health care, and nearly three out of four American workers are in some sort of managed care. For employee benefits, the increased dependence on managed care […]

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Mediplan reforms that will stir up the market

Mediplan reforms that will stir up the market – Medicare and Medicaid reforms Steven Findlay Three elements of the Medicare and Medicaid reforms moving through Congress warrant the close attention of employers, managed care plans and vendors in the private health insurance market. But first, a reminder. These two giant programs cover 70 million Americans, […]

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Should U.S. health care go global?

Should U.S. health care go global? – health care budgeting Joyce Frieden By Joyce Frieden SENIOR WASHINGTON EDITOR With complete disregard for any possible scheduling conflicts, two Congressional committees-one in the House, the other in the Senate-held hearings on health care during the same week. Witnesses testifying at these hearings echoed the deep disagreement among […]