Sunday Morning Reading

I woke up this morning with the desire to get a quick little article out to you all, but not knowing exactly what to discuss. So, I’m going to take a page out of Mark Sisson’s book and introduce you all to a few informational, interesting, and/or entertaining links this Sunday.

I’m not too educated about the legal frameworks surrounding compliance and benefits, so this is going to be one of several times where I defer to the expertise of others with many more years of experience.

The Affordable Care Act is like Shrek. It’s an onion with many layers, according to Pedro Mercado, CRIS, over at Riskpertise. Compliance is still not fully explained, but the various matters of compliance are very well explained in this post.

Another piece on PPACA, this time from the Benefits Advisor Blog. This one helps to explain the penalties that an employer might have to pay if it doesn’t offer full-timers health insurance, depending on how many part-time employees it has.

This article provides a great example of how to implement a wellness program for long-haul truckers. Look at how they customize everything to cater to the trucking culture: 15-minute workouts. A recipe book full of quick-prep meals. Ideas that include ordering 6-inch subs with double meat instead of a standard foot-long. Weight loss competitions that take on a team aspect — which plays perfectly into the competitive mindset that many truckers have. Even foldable bikes!

From Employee Benefits News, we have a piece detailing the plights of young and low-income workers in healthcare / health insurance. Troubling is that under half of the under-30 population participated in employer health benefits plans. The problem? Cost, as you might imagine. With the amount of student loan debt that many under-30s have, it’s often a choice between health insurance and paying back their loans. Not an easy choice. Or, in the case of low-wage workers, it’s either health insurance or food on the table.

A colleague of mine introduced me to the Resource-Based Relative Value Scale (RBRVS) and the RUC — also known as the Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee. Neither the scale nor the RUC are good for healthcare costs. Check out the site for more information.

Vik Khanna, in his self-described acerbic tone, lights into the AMA and its declaration that obesity is now a disease. (That decision comes despite the opinion of the AMA’s own council on science and public health.) Favorite line? “Obesity: the new ATM for the health care system.” Sad thing is, he’s right on the money.

Another great piece at the Health Care Blog, this time courtesy of David Katz, MD. Great article about the pitfalls of naming obesity a disease, how it’s missing the mark of how to reverse America’s troubling trend of obesity, and how obesity can be compared to – of all things – drowning.

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