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Automation Emerging as HR Trend

Jan 15, 2015

Everyone is doing more with less. The recession trimmed HR staffs, and new terms are emerging in response – most notably Six Sigma and Advanced HRIS. While Six Sigma has been around for some time in the manufacturing sector, a trend is emerging with more application to Human Resource functions.

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Think Strategically about Employee Benefits

Dec 08, 2014

What is your low hanging fruit? In the past, employers and consumers understood benefits were either offered or not-offered at their organization. In today’s world employers have to change their mind-set and think strategically.

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Reference-Based Benefits Strategies: Control Costs and Maintain Quality and Choice

Oct 14, 2014

Often, benefits providers and advisors feel like they have to make a choice when designing health plans: lower costs or higher quality healthcare providers and services. In the upcoming issue of Employee Benefit Plan Review, Sheri Alexander discusses how a reference-based benefits strategy can help answer this question in the best way possible: “It doesn’t always have to be a choice.”

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New World Reality of Benefits Communication

Jul 03, 2014

As the world of health insurance and employee business gets more and more complicated, benefits providers face the growing difficulty of actually explaining benefits in a way people and businesses understand. I recently addressed this issue in my article, “The New World Reality of Benefits Communication” in the May 2014 edition of Employee Benefit Plan Review.

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Is the PPACA pushing dental into voluntary benefits?

Mar 25, 2014

As health care reform becomes further solidified at the federal and state level, one area of healthcare remains shaky at best: adult dental. In a recent article at Benefits Pro, Gregory & Appel's Susan Rider offered insights and options for business owners trying to decide how dental fits into their benefits programming.

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Reducing Some of the Confusion on the ACA

May 28, 2013

Judging the ACA on its third birthday is like taking a snapshot of a law that’s still relatively immature. The real “meat” of the law hits in about 7 months, in 2014. Along with all of the political headlines, the law includes a lot of new and fairly confusing language.

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A quick Explanation of Healthcare Exchanges

Mar 27, 2013

Back to the future! If you were to go back to 1978 when cafeteria plans were born, then fast forward the tape to now and apply state-of-the-art technology, you would see that we’ve created. We now have an electronic cafeteria plan called an insurance exchange or marketplace. Here is some updated information on what is coming.

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