Top 5 Posts on the OneExchange Blog for 2014

January 28, 2015

It’s a brand new year, but before we’re too deep into 2015, let’s look back at the posts that attracted the most readers last year. With topics ranging from wellness to private exchanges to the primary care physician shortage, here are the most popular OneExchange blog posts from 2014:

  1. Wellness Programs and the Challenge of Pinning Down ROI

Preventative care costs employers significantly less than treatment for medical conditions and as a result, employers are looking increasingly to employee wellness programs to keep costs down. However, measuring the effectiveness of wellness programs is difficult. In this post, we explored some of the challenges of measuring wellness program ROI — and offered some advice on best practices for employers determined to crack the code.

  1. Towers Watson Survey Reveals Employers’ New Year’s Resolution: Employee Wellness

Wellness was top of mind for employers heading into 2014, according to Towers Watson survey data. Nearly half of survey respondents said health and productivity programs are essential to their overall organizational health strategy. However, they acknowledged a disconnect between the efforts of employers (often high) and the level of engagement amongst employees (low). This widely read post offered perspectives on what employers are doing to address this issue and increase the chances that their programs will be successful.

  1. The Times They Are A Changin’… Or Should We Say “Churning?”

The term “churn” used to refer to low-income Americans under the age of 65 fluctuating back and forth between qualifying for Medicaid and not qualifying. With the passage of the ACA, it now encompasses shifting eligibility between Medicaid and being able to buy health plans on private exchanges with a federal subsidy based on income levels. In this post, we broke down the concept of “churn” in health insurance as it was expanded to include overage on the public exchanges and expanded Medicaid eligibility in some states.

  1. Survey: 70% of Retirees Reevaluated Their Private Medicare Plans for 2014

Towers Watson survey data revealed that retirees did not take their health care costs lightly back in the fall of 2013 when they enrolled in plans for the plan 2014. Towers Watson data showed that 70% of Medicare retirees who purchased plans on the Towers Watson OneExchange Medicare exchange reevaluated their plans to ensure that they have the best coverage to meet their needs and their budget.

  1. The Primary Care Physician Shortage [Part III]: Is The Answer Telemedicine?

In part three of this three-part series, we explored advances in telemedicine and its unique application for reaching individuals in remote areas without access to care. Technological advances allow doctors and specialists to treat their patients regardless of how far away they live from providers of the care they need. We also examined telemedicine as a means to address the primary care physician shortage that has resulted from increased enrollment in health insurance nationwide.

Like what you’ve been reading?

Keep coming back to the OneExchange blog for more compelling posts on relevant topics in 2015.

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