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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.
November 16 is World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Day
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) refers to progressive, incurable lung diseases (e.g., emphysema, chronic bronchitis, refractory asthma, etc.). Symptoms include difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, chronic cough, wheezing, and chest tightness. The main risk factors for COPD include tobacco smoking, indoor or outdoor air pollution, or exposure to occupational dusts and chemicals.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched the Health Care Payment and Learning and Action Network (LAN) in 2015 to align stakeholders across sectors in moving payment from traditional fee-for-service (FFS) methods to one linked to quality via alternative payment models (APMs). The LAN is an unprecedented collaboration of stakeholders from the private, public, and non-profit sectors whose goal is to transform the nation’s health system by supporting health care value over volume.
This year’s theme is Eyes on Diabetes. It focuses on early screening for type 2 diabetes and treatment to reduce the risk of serious complications. Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs either when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces.