Are You Examining Your Compensation Practices? 5 Questions to Get You Started

Are you statistically examining your compensation practices? If not, you should be, because someone else will. And that someone else just might be the Federal Government…. It’s important to know what story can be told by your data. The best way to find out is to statistically examine it. Not only will this help you prepare for what the government may find when they analyze your data, it will provide you with an opportunity to identify potential problem areas, and give you a chance to take corrective action where appropriate.

The Last Mile: The Role of HPM in Rounding Out the Enterprise Human Resource Management Mission

Active management of healthcare delivery and cost control has not typically been seen as an integral part of the mission for human resource (HR) departments. But changing times — and skyrocketing costs — have pushed healthcare performance management (HPM) center stage for companies that want to boost productivity, while investing benefits dollars in better health outcomes for their employees.

This shift away from traditional ways of managing employee health benefits stems from a clear and universal reality: rising healthcare costs increasingly pose a core business challenge.

Where Are Organizations in the Decision-Making Process?

Survey Summary Are organizations waiting on regulatory guidance to make some health care decisions? In this third poll in the health care series, nearly one-half of organizations (48%) indicated that they are waiting on regulatory guidance or information on specific provisions in

Incentive Plan Design in the Current Health Care Environment

Article Summary Today’s environment is causing hospitals and health systems to rethink performance measurement. First, organizations are facing revenue pressures. The health care reform law calls for a decline in provider reimbursements and the redesign of the health care delivery system. Other

Employee Perspectives on Health Care: Employee Engagement

Part II – Report Summary With the economy still unstable, many employees face the strain of job insecurities, rising benefit costs and resulting financial troubles. With so many competing pressures, it’s not surprising many workers are failing to place a high priority

Employee Perspectives on Healthcare: The Affordability Gap

Part I – Survey Report Summary Although nearly two-thirds of employees are satisfied with their health plan, overall satisfaction with plans has fallen from 2007 levels. Increases in health care costs continue to outpace the historic rate of inflation. Recent Towers Watson

Changes Ahead: Health Care Reform in a Challenging Economy

Article Summary Health care costs continue to mount for employers, with an anticipated active employee health care cost trend  (combined medical and pharmacy rates) for 2011 of 8.2% after plan changes. At the same time, the potential financial  impact of health care