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Supporting Caregivers in the Workplace is a Good Investment for Employers, Says Northeast Business Group on Health

March 15, 2017

Employers need to be aware of the potential pay-offs for offering benefits and services that make caregiving an easier burden for employees to bear, says a new report from Northeast Business Group on Health (NEBGH). The report, “The Caregiving Landscape: Challenges and Opportunities for Employers”, says that maximizing productivity, reducing future employee healthcare costs, and competing and retaining talent are among the reasons employers should consider specific policies and services designed to help employees who are providing care to loved ones. Challenges to better supporting these employees include resistance to being labeled as a “caregiver,” the absence of best practices for employers and the need for buy-in from executive management.

How ACA replacement will affect employers - Crain's Health Pulse

March 8, 2017

The Republicans’ Affordable Care Act replacement includes plenty for employers to like. The so-called Cadillac tax on generous employer-sponsored coverage would be delayed to 2025, and the mandate that companies with 50 or more employees must offer affordable coverage would be eliminated, which will be cheered by employers in that range who don’t want to offer insurance.

“That will likely be a relief for those companies,” said Laurel Pickering, president and chief executive of the Northeast Business Group on Health.

But Kathryn Wylde, president and chief executive of the Partnership for New York City, another business organization, cautioned that the conversion of Medicaid to a per-capita financing system could strain New York state’s budget so much that employers might feel the pain. “There’s some private sector relief, but a major public sector impact,” she said. “In New York that usually means we raise taxes. Seldom does the state scale back benefits that they’ve already promised people.” In other words, while New York business owners might benefit from the repeal of ACA-created taxes on health insurance and people earning more than $250,000 a year, those gains could be erased if state and local governments raise taxes to support Medicaid expansion.

How employers can increase the value of cancer benefits - Employee Benefit News

November 15, 2016

When an employee or family member is diagnosed with cancer, they face anxieties and fears about the financial, emotional and practical implications of this life-changing finding. A new report from the Northeast Business Group on Health offers employers guidance on how to help patients get higher value clinical care for the dollars spent on treatment.

HR can ease stress on employees with cancer - Bloomberg BNA

November 8, 2016

Cancer is a notoriously complex illness to deal with, but employers can ease some of the burden on workers with the disease by clearly communicating what benefits and resources are available and helping them understand all their options, according to a recent report from the Northeast Business Group on Health.

Guidance from human resources departments is particularly helpful when employees with cancer are navigating how health benefits apply to sites of medical care, such as how specific medical practices handle palliative care or second opinions, Jeremy Nobel, physician and executive director of the NEBGH’s Solutions Center, told Bloomberg BNA Nov. 7. Additionally, employers must make sure workers have access to high quality care as easily as possible so that they can make choices in the best interests of themselves and their families, he said.

Report describes employer strategies on cancer care - Crain's Health Pulse

November 3, 2016

Employers have an opportunity to guide employees to high-quality cancer care through benefit plan design and communication about certain services, according to a new report from the Northeast Business Group on Health. The report recommends steering employees toward centers of excellence for cancer care, encouraging patients to seek second opinions and advising patients to request palliative care earlier in the treatment process. Employers can steer employees toward certain cancer centers that report quality outcomes and support patient-centered practices, such as easy appointment scheduling and care coordination services. The report encourages employers to cover second opinions in their health plans and to consider working with a third-party second opinion vendor to ensure that patients have the right treatment plan. Employers should communicate through their benefits websites the differences between palliative care and hospice care and identify providers that integrate palliative care with other services. The stressful and complex nature of cancer care also makes it worthwhile for employers to find providers that integrate behavioral health with clinical services and to cover financial navigation services to help employees sort out their bills. “The opportunity here is for the employer to make available some set of guidance to employees as they try to address those issues,” said Dr. Jeremy Nobel, medical director at the Northeast Business Group on Health.