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Employee Health: The First “Benefits Package” Blog Carnival

Welcome to The Benefits Package — the very first employee benefits blog carnival. After healthcare reform, employee benefits move to center stage as one of the most important issues facing Americans.

So what are employers, insurers, and the government really doing to rein in healthcare costs, get their employees to live healthier lives, and improve healthcare quality?

The Benefits Package is the first-ever blog carnival dedicated to these issues. With benefits executives starting to make the leap into the blogosphere, The Benefits Package will highlight the best insights and opinions on this important subject. You will discover new blogs, learn new things, and hopefully think about issues a little differently. I’ll host the first couple of Benefits Packages, and then others will take their turn.

Below you’ll find a terrific set of posts by some true thought leaders. If you like what you see, please submit a post of your own next time. Enjoy the first Benefits Package!

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At the Health Business Blog, David Williams explains why mini-med plans aren’t as bad as some people would have you believe.

At Hank Stern’s Insure Blog, Mike Feehan explains how the federal government makes private coverage more expensive in a way that makes its own coverage cheaper.

Jen Benz of the Benz Communications Blog explains that companies who fail to put their benefits information online are making a big mistake.

The Healthcare Economist summarizes a comprehensive study of one of the hot trends employers are looking at: Paying doctors more for delivering higher quality care.

Providers’ power to drive the healthcare costs paid by employers and insurers is as great as it has ever been — and, according to Joe Paduda at Managed Care Matters, it’s only getting worse.

David Harlow at the famous Healthblawg sounds a similar theme, building off of the lessons of healthcare reform in Massachusetts.

Dan Buckle, the Group Guy, says that employers need to face the fact that their employees’ “well-being” may be the most important factor in their healthcare costs — and productivity.

Employers are getting tired of using “carrots” to get their employees to live healthier lives — and are starting to use “sticks” – writes David Kerrigan of the Reflexion Healthcare Blog.

Who has control of your company’s healthcare expenses? Keith Lemer at Susan Lackey’s Take Control Now blog talks about open enrollment season, and what it means for controlling healthcare costs.

George Van Antwerp of Enabling Health Decisions scores an interview with the Chief Technology Officer of HHS about how the government is going to use technology to make healthcare easier for Americans to access.

Former Hospital CEO Mike Stephens from Jennifer Mitchell’s Action for Better Healthcare Blog interviews a senior executive at a newly-forming Accountable Care Organization: Are ACOs a fad?

At MD Whistleblower, Dr. Michael Kirsch says that Americans are worried about how their benefits will be changed by reform, and it’s why the recent elections turned out the way they did.

And at the HR Executive’s The Leaderboard, Andrew McIlvane writes that when it comes to consumer-driven health plans, it’s all in the details.

*This blog post was originally published at See First Blog*


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