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Why Provide a Total Compensation Statement? It’s All in the W-2.

January 10, 2012


New requirements on reporting healthcare costs on employees' W-2 forms may cause some employers to think of the W-2 as a replacement for a total compensation statement. Doing so, however, would be a mistake.

Will Healthcare Reform Bring Down Costs?

December 3, 2010


Will the recently passed healthcare reform law actually help to bring down costs? One recent study says that it will.

Rising Healthcare Costs Affect Employers, Too

October 15, 2010


Today’s New York Times has an article discussing changes that employees should expect in their health insurance options during this year’s open enrollment season. While the article is generally informative, the author takes a moment to include a brief dig at employers: As in years past, employers will be rejiggering their plans with an eye […]

Empowering Patients

October 7, 2009


Patients can be better health care consumers if they're provided with good data and information.

Weekend Reading – Patients as Consumers

October 2, 2009


Today’s recommendation is a relatively brief article that presents some great insights into the challenges of making consumer-driven health care a more central part of efforts to reform the health care system as a whole. The article, “Talk to the Invisible Hand” by Darshak Sanghavi, discusses the various reasons why the health care marketplace is […]

Burgers and Benefits

September 14, 2009


I’ve been thinking about corporate wellness programs of late, ever since reading an op-ed that appeared last week in the New York Times. The piece, “Big Food vs. Big Insurance” by Michael Pollan, brings a unique perspective to the continuing debate over health care reform by linking it to another important issue that, for the […]

Doing Well and Doing Good: Benefits and the Bottom Line

August 31, 2009


Two companies provide examples of how offering high quality employee benefits can not only be the right thing to do as far as what's good for employees, but also the right thing to do for the company's bottom line.