Healthcare Updates


Kaiser Permanente Strike Update

Dear [Kaiser members], We’ll keep bargaining until we reach an agreement Kaiser Permanente and leaders and members of the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions continue bargaining today and have been making progress. We are working hard to reach a fair and equitable agreement that strengthens Kaiser Permanente as a best place to work and ensures that the high-quality care our

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What is PCORI filing?

Question: What is PCORI filing? Answer: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) created the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study clinical effectiveness and health outcomes. To finance the institute’s work, a small annual fee—commonly called the PCORI fee—is charged on group health plans. PCORI filing is generally not required for standalone, self-funded dental or vision plans if they are considered “excepted benefits.” A plan

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Specialty Pharmacy Costs, Mental Health Are Top Employer Concerns. Here’s Why

March 2, 2023 | Source: Fierce Healthcare, by Frank Diamond Self-insured employers view the cost of specialty drugs as a major challenge in providing health benefits, according to a survey released yesterday by the Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH). Cheryl Larson, MBGH’s president and CEO, told Fierce Healthcare that “the new million-dollar treatments approved by the FDA; 30 of our employers

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