Reference-Based Pricing — A “Transparent” Way of Paying Health Care Providers

By Manoj Rajwani, USI Vice President, Employee Benefits Employers and their employees continue to struggle with skyrocketing health care costs.  The job market is already competitive, and many companies are overwhelmed with  how to manage the benefit costs but still offer a quality program at the same time.  Many of those same organizations are diligent…

Leader’s Edge: The Perfect Storm

UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES: HAS THE HEALTHCARE REFORM TIDAL WAVE CAPSIZED HOSPITALS? By Mike Turpin, USI Executive Vice President Leader’s Edge magazine, June 2014 When the Cleveland Clinic announced job and expense reductions of 6% in 2013, the healthcare sector took notice.  FAST FOCUS In a post-reform marketplace, hospital executives and healthcare systems nationwide are grappling with the…

How is Your Company Faring this Flu Season?

Every year, influenza, or “flu,” costs businesses approximately $10.4 billion in direct costs for hospitalizations and adult outpatient visits, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Employers frequently offer employees seasonal flu vaccinations on site at no or low cost to minimize absenteeism. This option works well for employers with an on-site occupational health clinic.…