As mental health becomes a bigger focus, what are some related benefits that are being incorporated with health plans?

With millions of employees dealing with mental illness in the U.S., two major obstacles continue to stand in the way of diagnosis and treatment: access and affordability. Fortunately, we’re seeing some signs of that changing as more employers are realizing the negative impact of mental illness and incorporating benefit solutions...

May 08, 2018

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What is causing such a major surge in the integration of telemedicine today?

Some of the early thinking behind telemedicine dates back to a time when we relied on things like land-line home phones and answering machines instead of smartphones and high-speed internet. Technology has definitely influenced the growth of telemedicine in recent years, and its widespread usage. Going beyond a simple call to...

Mar 21, 2018

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How does evolving technology play a role in employee benefits?

It’s hard to imagine what employee benefits would look like today without so many advances in technology. As people have moved online and digital channels have become a main means for communicating, many of us in the benefits/TPA industry have worked to stay a step ahead. For a firm like Cypress,...

Nov 28, 2016

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How do TPAs help employers keep costs down with their self-funded plans?

There are many ways a TPA is involved in managing plan costs, but two things immediately come to mind when considering this question. The first is health claim review and how diligent TPAs are in monitoring member claims to identify any discrepancies or problem areas. If you haven’t heard me...

Jun 15, 2016

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Can a phone-based doctor consultation (telemedicine) really be as effective as a face-to-face visit?

It’s been quite the progression, hasn’t it? Think back to the time when most traditional doctor visits consisted of house calls. Then we moved to a clinic setting where the patient traveled for care and today we’re re-entering another period of at-home care, but it’s now of the remote, electronic-based...

Mar 04, 2015

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