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[Case Study] Hill Country Pain Associates

Laura Paredez, Director of Business Services for Hill Country Pain Associates (HCPA), manages the day-to-day operations and activities, and ensures that the business is run financially sound. In her role, Laura oversees all matters from vendor management to payroll administration. With a practice of 27 full-time employees and one part-time employee, HCPA brings with it its own set of employee considerations, of which by no means falls short of HR-related inquiries.

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5 Steps to an Effective Benefits Communication Program

Offering your employees competitive health benefits is only half the battle. After you’ve shopped around to find a plan that works for your business, your employees, and your budget, the next obstacle you face is effectively communicating the plan benefits to your employee base. It can be a time-consuming task so we’ve compiled a list of helpful tips and best practices to help you streamline the success of your benefits communication program.

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Make Financial Education Part of Your Employee Wellness Plan

As you probably know, one of the most valuable and popular benefits you can offer employees is a company-sponsored retirement plan. Assuming you provide your employees with the opportunity to save for their future through a corporate retirement plan, there’s just one problem: according to the Pension Rights Center, only about half of American workers are participating in an employer-sponsored retirement plan. Unfortunately, many U.S. workers feel so overwhelmed by existing debt, bills, and household financial obligations that they are unable to find funds to save in their company’s retirement plan.

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How to Save Up to 15% on Employee Healthcare Costs

Running a small businesses can be tough. Between staffing, compliance, policy creation, managing payroll, financial reports, and the 2,000 other things you have on your plate, sometimes the time you have “left over” (if there’s even such a thing) is marginal, at best. Consider the ins and outs of your responsibilities as an employer which include ever-changing regulations as they pertain to employee benefits, and well, you have yourself a recipe for stressed-out-losing-sleep-can’t-concentrate-on the-big-picture disaster. Welcome to running your own business!

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Is Value-Based Care Right for Your Company?

The United States spends over 18% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) a year on health care. The rate of growth in healthcare costs has become unsustainable and employers are now searching for innovative ways to reduce costs while providing competitive benefit programs for their employees.

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Reference-Based Health Pricing

As a business leader who must manage the rising costs of health insurance, what would you say to someone who could offer you a program that provides price transparency while adopting a fair market value approach to costs? Sounds interesting, right? What if that program required a significant up front effort by you, your business leaders, and your employees? Still interested? Reference-based health pricing (RBP) is a healthcare concept that is not particularly new to the industry, but relatively new as a technique that employers can use to help control benefits spending.

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Is Self-Insuring your Health Plan Right for your Business?

Many businesses that offer health insurance plans to their employees may think that purchasing a traditional, fully-insured plan from an insurance carrier is their only option. But depending on your situation, a self-insured plan can reduce your health care costs and provide the flexibility to tailor your plan to the needs of your employee population.

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Rethinking Benefits

When most employers think of employee benefits, they think of core medical benefits coupled with one or more other ancillary or specialty products such as dental, vision, life, disability, or accident plans. Those are certainly “top of mind” when you jot down a list of benefits employers typically offer. Today, more and more employers are being asked to enhance their program offerings by adding new forms of benefits to the overall benefit platform.

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The Evolving Health Insurance Marketplace

2017 was an interesting year for the health insurance marketplace to say the least. Insurers dealing with the continuing financial impacts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) found themselves positioned as either the hunter or the hunted in the new game of health care mergers and acquisitions. Indeed, some industry heavyweights formed new alliances aimed at strengthening their bottom line while diversifying outside the traditional health care delivery system. Others found more effective and efficient ways to operate via their merger activities.

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Your 4-Step Guide to Open Enrollment

It's that time of the year again, open enrollment. Make sure your employees understand the ins-and-outs of the open enrollment process. Check out our latest blog that can help guide you through the maze of open enrollment and ensuring your employees take advantage of all the benefits you offer.

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