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October 31, 2014

Today's Featured Story

Supplemental Executive Retirement Plans Remain Core Component of Blues Plan Executive Compensation
Reprinted from The AIS Report on Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans*

Despite occasional bad publicity that results when an executive gets a large payout, Supplemental Executive Retirement Plans (SERPs) remain popular among Blues plans and represent a core element of plans’ executive compensation packages, according to a study by Reading, Pa.-based compensation consulting and research firm HR+Survey Solutions. SERP is a non-qualified retirement plan that allows companies to provide additional retirement benefits to executives who might have their pension benefits limited because of government restrictions on qualified retirement plans, according to California benefits firm Fringe Benefit Experts.... Read Full Story

* Not affiliated with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association or its member companies


Quote of the Day

“What one can deliver in a telemedicine office visit next year will be dramatically better than what could be delivered five years ago,” because of technology advances.

— Jeff Levin-Scherz, M.D., national leader of health management practice for Towers Watson, told AIS’s Health Plan Week

Click here to read the HEALTH PLAN WEEK article in which this quote appeared. (Free for HPW subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers).


Today's Datapoint

51% ... of consumers are highly satisfied with their exchange experience and 53% are highly confident when making purchases on the exchanges, according to a Strategy& consumer survey, The Birth of the Healthcare Consumer.



Today from Washington

People on the Move

SeeChange Health appointed Bryce Williams president and CEO. Williams was previously managing director of Tower Watsons’s Exchange Solutions business unit....Rex Holloway rejoined Hammes Co. as regional vice president. He was most recently alliance director for CBRE....Kineticos named James Forte managing director. He was most recently vice president and head of marketing for inVentiv Health....Renaissance RX appointed Thierry Amat vice president and chief financial officer. Amat was previously senior vice president and chief financial officer for Remedi SeniorCare.


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