January-March 2005, Issue #2     


In this issue of the SHPS Legislative eXpress, we look back at the 2004 legislative activity impacting the health and welfare industry and look forward to potential developments for the coming year. We are also pleased to offer an in-depth article from John Hickman of Alston and Bird that reviews potential compliance hurdles that must be considered when designing and implementing disease management programs.

The SHPS Legislative eXpress is a quarterly newsletter sponsored by SHPS, a leading provider of Integrated Health Management. The newsletter is designed to provide you with comprehensive information and consultation on the latest legislation in the health and productivity marketplace. For more information on the content of this newsletter, please contact your SHPS consultant or account representative.

Looking Back: Health & Welfare Benefits in 2004

By John R. Hickman and Ashley Gillihan, Alston & Bird, LLP

Thanks, in part, to year-end legislation, the 2004 year-end proved to be incredibly busy for health and welfare benefit plan administrators and sponsors. Though weíre well into 2005, letís take a brief moment to reflect on these important new rules and developments.

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Disease Management and Wellness Programs: Overcoming Compliance Hurdles

By John R. Hickman, Alston & Bird, LLP

Early results from disease management and wellness programs are coming in, and they are encouraging. As a result, many plan sponsors are evaluating disease management (DsM) programs and deciding whether to adopt such arrangements for their workforce. In designing and implementing a DsM program, plan sponsors must navigate a maze of federal compliance requirements. This article discusses the compliance issues that may arise in designing and implementing a DsM program.

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The Changing World of Employer-Based Benefits

By Chris Ryan, Vice President, Market Strategy and Research, SHPS, Inc.

John Hickmanís article on 2004 legislative changes to employee benefits reminds us how quickly the law can change. So what might happen in 2005?

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