NEWS UPDATES OF INTEREST TO PLAN ADMINISTRATORS
In this section, you'll find articles and news releases that may be pertinent to your plan operations, risks and outcomes.
Quality & Safety Matters
PRODUCT & SAFETY RECALLS
In a medical tourism context, patient notification procedure integrity is our greatest concern. The patient may have traveled outside the USA to a healthcare facility. We review their procedures to make prompt notification to patients, but practices and procedures vary and medical records retention also varies by local laws. As a backup, Mercury Health Travel's case management team monitors recall and contamination notices. If the recall triggers an alarm in our system relevant to a case we've managed, we notify the patient to contact the provider for more information.
Product & Safety Recalls (FDA/CDC)
Page Last Updated: 03/05/2015
This section is courtesy of the Center for Health Tourism Strategy, the research and educational division of the Mercury Advisory Group Medical Tourism Consulting Practice. As strategists in the health tourism industry, Mercury Advisory Group experts monitor regulatory updates to create innovative solutions in health delivery. These are some of the updates they monitor with relevance to Mercury Health Travel clients and team members.
Self-funded Employer Program Issues
EBSA / USDOL Technical Release No. 2013-03
Application of Market Reform and other Provisions of the Affordable Care Act to HRAs, Health FSAs, and Certain other Employer Healthcare Arrangements
IRS Notice 2015-07 – Guidance on the Application of Code §4980D to Certain Types of Health Coverage Reimbursement Arrangements
IRS Notice 2015-87 – Further Guidance on the Application of the Group Health Plan Market Reform Provisions of the Affordable Care Act to Employer-Provided Health Coverage and on Certain Other Affordable Care Act Provisions
Notice to Employees of Coverage Options Notices for employees when employers do or don't offer health coverage to some or all employees
EBSA Public Disclosure System Form M-1 Search MEWA registration Due Diligence database
"Approximately half of U.S. employers with 50 or more employees offer wellness promotion initiatives. Larger employers are more likely to offer programs than smaller employers and larger employers offer a greater variety of options. Seventy-five percent of employees in organizations with 50 or more employees work for employers offering wellness programs. Programs often include a combination of wellness screening activities to identify health risks and interventions to reduce risks and promote healthy lifestyles. Wellness benefits can be offered by employers directly to all employees or through group health plans to plan members. According to the survey, less than half of employees (46 percent) in those organizations with a wellness program undergo clinical screening and/or complete a Health Risk Assessment (HRA), and fewer participate in interventions (ranging from 7 to 21 percent). "
"Wellness programs can also provide direct access to care through on-site vaccination activities or health or occupational clinics. Of those employers offering a wellness program, 76 percent offered on-site vaccinations. Over 40 percent of employers, regardless of whether they offer a wellness program, reported having an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which provides access to counseling and assistance for personal issues, and over 24 percent an occupational health service. About five percent of employers nationally maintain an on-site clinic. "
RAND Corporation focus group participants indicate that poor accessibility of wellness activities due to rigid work schedules and wait times limit access to wellness benefits.
REPORT TO CONGRESS ON WORKPLACE WELLNESS - 05/01/2013 [Rand Health]
The Annual Report to Congress on Self-Insured Group Health Plans (March 2016), together with its Appendices, provides the most detailed statistics currently available on self-insured group health plans filing a Form 5500 and on the sponsors of such plans that issue publicly-traded equity or debt.
Large Group Health Plans Study (26 PDF pages)