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Cost Containment Strategy #1: 5 Steps to Building a Reference-Based Pricing Plan

By Ken Liberatore  

Reference-based pricing is a cost-containment program that has been used in specific pockets of the country for many years, and it is finally gaining traction in Middle Tennessee and surrounding areas. Reference-based pricing uses a standard pricing schedule, such as Medicare, as the basis of reimbursement to a health care provider for a specific service or bundle of services. Within this system, the standard reimbursement level is applied to medical services with the goal of providing self-funded employers control over their claims cost.

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Paradigm Group Named Third Time Top Workplace by The Tennessean

By Alyssa Curran  

The Tennessean has recognized Paradigm Group as one of the top ten 2017 Top Workplaces in the small business category. For the third year in a row, Paradigm Group was honored alongside Tennessee-based employers at a well-attended reception on Thursday, June 22. Several members of the Paradigm Group team attended the reception, including principals Edward Rittenberg and Bob Dugan, and employer advisor Mason Shank.

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Senate Republicans Release Discussion Draft of ACA Repeal and Replace Proposal

By Natalie Withers  

With a possible vote next week, Senate Republicans released a “discussion draft” of their proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Thursday, June 22, 2017. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is to release its analysis of the 142-page bill, titled the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, on Monday. You are probably wondering how this bill differs from the American Health Care Act (AHCA) that Republicans in the House passed in May.

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The Lesser Known Struggles of Working Caregivers

By Susan Heard, SPHR  

Working caregivers, employee benefits, Middle Tennessee

According to AARP’s public policy institute, they are among an estimated 23.9 million employed caregivers. Of these, 28 percent help their relative or friend with three or more activities of daily living, and more than half perform complex medical/nursing tasks. Increasingly, employed caregivers are millennials – men and women age 34 and younger. As devastating financially, professionally and/or emotionally as these impacts are for caregiving employees, the cost is similarly high for employers in terms of attendance or presenteeism, supervisory time, reduced productivity, or the loss of experienced employees and the cost of replacing them.

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Putting Stress Management First: Highlights From Our Wellbeing Conference

By Jaclyn Pollock  

wellbeing, corporate wellness, Nashville Tenn.

On May 16, we hosted our third annual Elements of a Healthy Culture Wellbeing Conference at the Music City Center. The event was a huge success, with 200 of Middle Tennessee’s HR and business leaders gathered to discuss stress management solutions for the workplace. This year’s conference featured several stress expert speakers, a workplace yoga demonstration, guided meditation and mini massages.

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Acclaimed Workplace Stress Expert to Share Insights with Nashville Employers

By Kelly Holt, CHC  

Jim Porter knows how to reduce stress in the workplace. His new book, “Stop Stress This Minute,” is the winner of the 2012 Silver Award from the National Health Information Awards. His programs have been used in hundreds of hospitals, by corporations such as Time Inc. and The Mayo Clinic, and on military bases and in government agencies including NASA, the U.S. Navy, Homeland Security and the U.S. Army. He is a nationally acclaimed stress expert, author and president of StressStop.com.

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Leadership Reboot: 5 Ways To Update Your Leadership Style

By Kellie Conn, SPHR  

Certain approaches to leadership were great for certain times, certain organizations and certain people. But those times, organizations and people are changing. Consider the following five tips that can help refresh your approach to sharing your vision, evaluating performance, developing talent and maintaining a collaborative work environment of continuous improvement.

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