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June 2, 2020

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Carrier Rebates to Employer Health Insurance Plans -- Whose Money is It?

"[U]nless the employer pays for one-hundred percent of all medical benefits (with no employee contributions) the employer has to share those savings with employees commensurate with the amount of premium the employees paid or by using the money to benefit the health plan."

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Accountable Pharmacy Organizations: Could Pharmacists Be Paid Based on Outcomes?

"[One author] argues that value-based reimbursement for pharmacists through accountable pharmacy organizations (APOs) may be the answer.  ... [Another] notes that while APOs are innovative, a key challenge is making sure pharmacists are reimbursed for their primary job: dispensing medicines.... Both approaches move pharmacists from pill dispensing machines to true health care providers. The [first] approach pays for these additional services directly whereas the [second] approach pays for them based on quality bonuses."

Healthcare Economist

Which Types of Insurance Are Marketplace Enrollees Choosing?

12 pages. "[N]ot all consumers choose their insurance plan based on price. Having a recognized brand name or broader provider network, for example, can still be important considerations, and, if they are stronger motivators for many consumers' plan choices, they could have important implications for competition in these markets and for federal health spending on marketplace subsidies.... Blue Cross Blue Shield-affiliated insurers accounted for about 47 percent of marketplace enrollment in 2018, down slightly from 2017.... Enrollment in national and regional insurer plans fell from 33 percent in 2016 to 14 percent in 2018."

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Employer-Sponsored HRAs for Retirees: Must Use a Trust Account?

"Other than the risk of bankruptcy or other loss, is there any problem with an employer sponsoring a HRA for eligible retirees with notional accounts tracking reimbursement from current operating funds?"

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Should an Employer Assign an Email Address for Every Employee (Even Those Who Won't Use It Daily)?

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