Skip to content

The Higher Ed Workplace Blog

Archive for

Think About Benefits Briefs

by Patti Couger

benefitsNow that your school year is well underway and in most cases you have worked your way through open enrollment (or it is just around the corner) have you given any thought to communicating with employees throughout the year about their benefits?

To many workers, insurance program utilization is a puzzlement. There are so many rules, dos and don’ts and opportunities to make costly mistakes. For instance, do they know about the huge cost of a visit to the emergency room relative to a 24-hour clinic? Do they understand pre-authorizations? Do they remember to check for in-network providers? Do they use the nurse hotlines offered by many insurance companies? Do they understand that excessive utilization ends up impacting their pocketbook when next year’s premiums are set?

Read more