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“In managing a company… with more than 150,000 employees and millions of customers…you of course need to be rational. But I’m gradually learning to be less rational and more emotional. Motivating people and generating a sense of spirit inside a company are essential…we need to appeal to our employees’ emotions to help create an environment where they can innovate.”
-Pablo Isla, CEO Inditex
The decision to open an occupational or medical on-site health clinic in a given country is a multifaceted one. There are regulatory, external and internal issues to consider, and questions and answers will differ by company and by location.
You can help the Business Group by supporting The Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network (LAN), an initiative launched by the Department of Health and Human Services in 2015 to align stakeholders across sectors in moving payment from traditional fee-for-service (FFS) methods to ones linked to quality and alternative payment models (APMs). The LAN’s next initiative will focus on providing support and resources to drive improvement in maternity care outcomes via episode payments.
Patient (or “copay”) assistance programs and coupons present a bit of a double-edged sword. While they help facilitate payment for certain drugs, they also complicate the payment process immensely. Both help patients ultimately gain access to expensive drugs that otherwise may not be affordable. However, the intention behind each approach differs considerably, as does the overall impact.
Despite great progress on HIV/AIDS-related research, advocacy, and workplace initiatives, very little attention has historically been focused globally on HIV/AIDS and insurance coverage, particularly in the private market. Private insurance is important because it can improve employees’ access to effective HIV testing and treatment.
Recently, the IRS extended “good faith” transition relief, which protects employers from ACA employer reporting penalties for an additional year, provided they make good faith efforts to comply. We expect that agencies regulating employers and their health plans--DOL, HHS, IRS, and EEOC--will continue to issue guidance on the ACA, tax, and other compliance topics in the coming months.
Before designing a wellness promotion program, you should have a clear image of your target group. Who is the intended audience of the specific initiatives you’re planning on implementing? This will help you and the program developers feel connected to your audience as real people, not just as a group of employees with given demographic characteristics.