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Public Wary of Outcomes-Based Wellness Plans

Workers really don’t like wellness plans that force them to choose between participating and attempting to meet goals, or paying higher premiums. If employers continue to go down that road, they could risk losing employee support for the programs, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey released July 2.

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Cash-Only Looks Good to Doctors

One small, but growing, trend in healthcare is the movement of providers dropping from the roles of managed care and taking only cash-paying patients. Experts say that cash-only practices are a workable business model when done the right way, but it may be disruptive to others in the market.

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EBRI's First Look at HSA Account Balances and Distributions

The Employee Benefits Research Institute has just published its first analysis of HSA accounts, balances, and distributions, based on its own HSA database. This report is well worth downloading and saving the entire report and using it as a baseline to watch the growth of HSAs over the coming years.

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6 Tools Needed to Make "Consumer Driven Healthcare" More Than a Buzzword

Many would agree that it’s beneficial over the long term to move to a system where individuals can behave like true consumers – comparing prices, looking for value, evaluating alternatives and getting recommendations from “people like them.” The challenge, however, is that in order to take responsibility, consumers need “response-ability.”

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Employer Health Costs Forecast to Accelerate in 2015

Health costs will accelerate next year, but changes in how people buy care will help keep them from attaining the speed of several years ago, PricewaterhouseCoopers says in a new report. But PwC doesn’t expect plans to stay the same. In a separate study, the consulting firm forecasts that employers and insurers will continue to raise deductibles and give members other incentives to mind the price of care.

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