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Will reform bite into dental coverage?

Will reform bite into dental coverage? – President Clinton’s healthcare reform package Norma Harris Employers are debating what they will do about dental benefits under Clinton’s reformed health care system. Employers that offer employee dental coverage may face a dilemma on whether to continue the benefit under a reformed health care system. President Clinton’s health […]

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Washington state to adopt RBRVS formula – resource based relative value scale

Washington state to adopt RBRVS formula – resource based relative value scale – State Report Eric Zicklin In Washington state, three state agencies are uniting in an unprecedented effort to create a new physician payment schedule modeled on the Resource Based Relative Value Scale. The RBRVS was developed by researchers at the Harvard School of […]

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Employee health: not just a fringe benefit – employee wellness programs

Employee health: not just a fringe benefit – employee wellness programs – includes related information Paul L. Cerrato To be effective, a wellness program must become an integral part of employees’ psyche–and the corporate culture. If you’ve ever spent a few minutes in a health food store listening to customers requests, you probably have some […]

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Electronic claims: still buyer beware? – disability claims technology

Electronic claims: still buyer beware? – disability claims technology – includes related article on evaluating claims systems Kathleen O’Connor If you’re curious about electronic claims processing systems, you’re not alone. New products are being introduced, demonstrations are proceeding, and reports of new systems abound. But because evidence of success is still inconclusive, it’s important to […]

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Will direct contractors be the cost and quality champs? – includes related article on Buyers’ Health Care Action Group

Will direct contractors be the cost and quality champs? – includes related article on Buyers’ Health Care Action Group – Cover Story David L. Coleman Like pro basketball scouts at a college tournament, corporate benefits managers are always on the lookout. But they re not looking for the next Michael Jordan. They’re hunting for strategies […]

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Merger mania: can health benefits survive? – redesigning benefits

Merger mania: can health benefits survive? – redesigning benefits – includes related information on retiree benefits Faith Lyman Ham Merger mania: Can health benefits survive? Here’s what savvy companies have learned about redesigning benefits following much-publicized mergers and acquisitions. Merger mania swept through the American business community during the last decade. Tens of thousands of […]

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Is Dutch health care a model for the U.S. health care system?

Is Dutch health care a model for the U.S. health care system? – includes related articles Joyce Frieden The Netherlands provides universal access and high-quality care, but the Dutch are reforming their system to encourage more competition among insurers. As the calls for U.S. health care reform continue to mount, Americans are studying health care […]

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Deductions urged for companies with wellness programs

Deductions urged for companies with wellness programs – under Clinton health care reform plan President Clinton should include employer deductions for worksite health promotion and disease prevention programs in his health reform plans, a coalition of trade associations and business groups has urged. The group, The National Wellness Network, represents 2,200 U.S. employers, including 200 […]

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Build a defense against employee lawsuits

Build a defense against employee lawsuits – includes related article on alternative dispute resolution David L. Coleman The first step in stamping out litigation fever is creating a corporate environment in which discriminatory practices cannot survive. Texaco, Lockheed Martin, Mitsubishi, Home Depot, Smith Barney, Wal-Mart. A who’s who of industry titans? Yes, but also some […]

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States test Medicaid reforms

States test Medicaid reforms Larry Stevens The Clinton administration may have hit upon a relatively safe way to determine the best method for reforming America’s welfare and health care systems. More than any previous president, Clinton is allowing state governments to experiment with various projects meant to save Medicaid and welfare dollars while improving, or […]