USI Comments on the Rise of Telemedicine

In case you missed it, USI’s national health care practice vice president, Jeff Levy, was featured in Business Insurance Magazine’s November 2018 cover story, “Telemedicine expands care, adds exposures.” In the article, Jeff states, “We’re a mobile society. We are a consumer-driven society. We have to get our health care when it’s convenient for us, not when…

Lessons Learned from the 2017-2018 Flu Season

A particularly virulent influenza strain, H3N2, was responsible for a record number of illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths this winter. U.S. health officials say that flu-related hospitalizations were the highest they’ve been in 10 years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that there were almost 82 laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations per 100,000 population, breaking records…

Could Direct Primary Care Help Control Your Benefit Costs?

A new health care model called direct primary care is being touted as an alternative to traditional health insurance. Combined with supplemental insurance, it’s proving to be an appealing alternative for employers who are looking for reasonably priced plans and great benefits for their employees. Current Insurance Situation Automobile, home and life insurance policies typically…

USI Receives American Heart Association Silver Workplace Health Achievement

The USI national wellness program has been awarded the Silver Workplace Health Achievement by the American Heart Association. In addition to an assessment of a company’s overall workplace health, the achievement is based on an index that scores companies on seven organizational best practices: Leadership Engagement Programs Policies and environment Partnerships Communications Reporting outcomes  …

Most Workers Get a ‘C’ in Employee Benefits IQ Quiz

At a time of unprecedented change in employee benefits programs, 51 percent of working Americans earned a grade of “C” or below in a true-false quiz measuring their understanding of workplace benefits. Guardian’s “Closing the Gap” survey found that while 80 percent of working Americans believe they understand their benefits very well, only 49 percent…

The Changing Face of Health Plan Offerings

Does your health plan offer no-cost, unlimited primary care visits, mental health visits…and yoga? A new health plan available only in Chicago and Atlanta offers members these services, along with 24/7 access to doctors, a “personal care” team to help members meet their health goals, and free classes on a variety of health-related topics. According…