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Replacement costs: will knee and hip surgeries drive your medical costs?

Get ready for a big wave of orthopedic surgical costs. By 2020 employers may see the number of knee and hip replacements among their plan members double and spine operations increase by up to 80 percent.1, 2 Why? To start, our workforce is aging, with more employees age 55 or older3. Medical advances that reduce […]
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Three important tips for high-deductible plans

In 2014, the average person with a single-coverage, employer-sponsored plan had a $1217 deductible.1 According to a recent Commonwealth Fund study, more than 20% of insured adults ages 19-54 spend at least 5 percent of their income on out-of-pocket medical costs – not including premiums. Of that same group, 13% spend at least 10 percent […]
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Tell your employees: it’s not too late to maximize the HSA contribution

As 2014 draws to a close, it’s a good time to remind employees to maximize their health savings account (HSA) contribution to leverage the account’s tax benefit. Under-contributing to an HSA is a common health benefits mistake employees make and one that can be avoided. The IRS sets the guidelines for how much employees can contribute […]
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Companies succeed in engaging employees in their health and wellness

One of the world’s largest global airlines, Delta has approximately 76,000 employees and 170,000 health plan members. And, due to the nature of its business, reaching all those employees poses a significant challenge. Delta looked to Optum’s Personal Health Support (PHS-TP) solution for an innovative approach including: Comprehensive activation strategy that drives engagement across multiple, […]
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