April 14, 2014

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The Psychology of Consumerism, Part II

We have all heard by now that consumerism is the way to reduce healthcare costs, not just in your own family, but in the healthcare marketplace. You’ve probably learned by now the benefits of High Deductible Health Plans and Health Savings Accounts. We also know there are as many opinions about healthcare as there are […]

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April 3, 2014

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New Driver Medical Certification Procedures

Beginning May 21, 2014, all interstate commercial vehicle drivers subject to medical certification will only be allowed to use examiners that are certified and enrolled in the (National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME).  Drivers should plan ahead and know when their current medical certificate expires; allowing enough time for the state to receive and […]

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April 2, 2014

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Happy National Employee Benefits Day!

According to the Employee Benefits Research Institute, almost nine in ten people don’t think they’ll have enough saved when they get to retirement. Study after study provides data pointing to the same conclusion: A crisis is coming. Are your plan participants prepared for it? This year, the focus of National Employee Benefits Day is to […]

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April 1, 2014

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April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month

The International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders has named April as Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a disorder that causes frequent episodes of abdominal pain and altered bowel habits. It is estimated that IBS affects 10 – 15% of the population in the United States, with many more people going undiagnosed. […]

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March 27, 2014

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The State of American Well-Being – A Report Card

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index looks at six components of America’s perceived well-being: life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors, and basic access to health care. The 2013 results from the State of American Well-Being are published. The three most prominent trends found: Annual decreases in the rate of those with health insurance […]

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March 24, 2014

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March 24th DOL Compliance Requirements

On March 24, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ (OFCCP) new regulations concerning Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act go into effect. Covered federal contractors must adopt utilization goals for individuals with disabilities and hiring benchmarks for veterans. Who is a […]

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March 20, 2014

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International Business Travel

In our increasingly global economy American business owners continue to expand internationally. There are new opportunities to be discovered and emerging markets around the world to be explored. This often means sending a valued employee abroad. The Global Business Travel Association projects a 12.5% increase in U.S. spending on international outbound travel in 2014. So […]

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March 19, 2014

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Workers’ Compensation Executive Forum

J.W. Terrill is coordinating the Workers’ Compensation Executive Forum for the Self Insurance Institute Of America (SIIA), on May 20-21 in Miami Beach at the Eden Roc Hotel. The conference theme is “See and Be Seen” as this conference will bring together industry leaders from across the country, and will offer cutting edge education and […]

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March 19, 2014

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Retiree Coverage Options

As insurance costs continue to rise, one of the benefits of many organizations eliminate, or look for cost-saving alternatives, is coverage for retirees. Over the past several years, programs have been created in order to entice employer groups to keep retiree coverage with incentives of government subsidy payments and tax deductions. This article is intended […]

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March 15, 2014

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LiveWell St. Louis

The Midwest Health Initiative is a non-profit, regional health care improvement organization. Their mission is “To provide a forum where trusted information and shared responsibility are used to improve health and the quality and affordability of health care.” They work with public health researchers and other community leaders to better understand trends in disease and […]

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