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Plan sponsors may benefit from using electronic drug prior authorization

Plan sponsors may benefit from using electronic drug prior authorization

While prior authorization can be a great tool for plan sponsors, it comes with its own set of challenges, said Tara Liu, director of drug strategy at…

Risk-factor management, glucose monitoring both key to controlling diabetes

Risk-factor management, glucose monitoring both key to controlling diabetes

From a plan-manager perspective, eight per cent of plan members are living with diabetes, said Dr. Bruce Perkins, professor in the division of endocrinology and…

Plan member’s adoption dream becoming reality thanks to benefits offering

Plan member’s adoption dream becoming reality thanks to benefits offering

Mandy Kwasnica and her husband so desperately wanted to adopt they were ready to sink all of their money (and then some) into making their dream…

Conference Coverage: 2020 Face to Face Drug Plan Management Forum

Conference Coverage: 2020 Face to Face Drug Plan Management Forum

On Dec. 9, the 2020 Face to Face Drug Plan Management Forum featured sessions on prior authorization, Canadian drug policy issues and impacts, plan design…

Biosimilars, pharmacogenetics helping to shape the future of pharmacy benefits management

Biosimilars, pharmacogenetics helping to shape the future of pharmacy benefits management

Plan sponsors with growing concerns about benefits plan sustainability should focus on a few strategic pharmacy benefits plan issues, said Mark Rolnick, executive vice-president of…

Employers should rethink approach to helping employees with obesity

Employers should rethink approach to helping employees with obesity

Employers that don’t cover obesity drugs should ask themselves why, said Noel McKay, principal consultant at Cowan Insurance Group, during Benefits Canada’s Face to Face…

Drug pricing reforms may impact Canadians’ access to medications

Drug pricing reforms may impact Canadians’ access to medications

Despite concerns Canadian drug prices are skyrocketing, the Patented Medicines Price Review Board, Canada’s price regulator, has ensured costs for patented drugs haven’t increased more…

Pharmacoeconomic analyses a tool in private-payer decision-making process

Pharmacoeconomic analyses a tool in private-payer decision-making process

A recent Telus Health comparison of a drug’s cost effectiveness when calculated from the private versus the public-payer perspective demonstrated clearly that the private-payer perspective…

Specialty drug prior authorization a useful tool for plan sponsors

Specialty drug prior authorization a useful tool for plan sponsors

Analysis by Telus Health found specialty drugs have grown from 11 per cent of total private drug plan claims costs in 2008 to 30 per…

Citigroup stretching into virtual fitness programming amid pandemic

This time of year, Citigroup Inc.’s fitness centre would likely usually be packed with New Year’s resolutioners working out and catching up with colleagues.  Not…

Pandemic accelerating virtual heath care, focus on mental health

Pandemic accelerating virtual health care, focus on mental health

The coronavirus pandemic is accelerating several health care trends in 2021, including the growth of virtual care and a focus on mental and emotional well-being,…

  • By: Staff
  • January 13, 2021 February 2, 2021
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Coronavirus crisis accelerating virtual health care, focus on mental health

Coronavirus crisis accelerating virtual health care, focus on mental health

The coronavirus pandemic is accelerating several health care trends in 2021, including the growth of virtual care and a focus on mental and emotional well-being,…

  • By: Staff
  • January 13, 2021 January 13, 2021
  • 15:00
Some Uber, Lyft drivers suing over California’s Proposition 22

Some Uber, Lyft drivers suing over California’s Proposition 22

Drivers for app-based, ride-hailing and delivery services filed a lawsuit on January 12 to overturn a California ballot initiative that makes them independent contractors instead…

Feds supporting B.C. workplace violence-, harassment-prevention training program

The federal government, the B.C. Maritime Employers Association and its partners, the Warehouse Union Canada, and the Ending Violence Association of B.C., are launching a comprehensive…

  • By: Staff
  • February 11, 2021 February 11, 2021
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B.C. making it easier for employees to make coronavirus compensation claims

A recent change to British Columbia employment law is making it easier for workers to claim compensation related to a coronavirus infection. Last August, B.C.…

  • By: Staff
  • February 10, 2021 February 10, 2021
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Federal employers shouldn’t change employment entitlements during notice period: court

A recent decision from the Ontario Superior Court suggests that federally-regulated employers will be held to the same strict rules as their provincial counterparts in…

To achieve DEI goals, plan sponsors can start by reviewing benefits plans

After a turbulent 2020 brought with it the coronavirus pandemic and a global call for social justice, companies prioritizing diversity, equity and inclusion in its…

Alberta’s public-sector pension plans reassuring members amid worry over ministerial order

Alberta’s public-sector pension plans are reassuring members that their pensions are safe, following a recent ministerial order enacted by the provincial government. The order was…

  • By: Staff
  • January 20, 2021 January 20, 2021
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2020 CAP Suppliers Report: Stretching into the financial wellness space

In the old days, employers would often gather employees in a dusty conference room and pass around a box of Timbits while talking at a…

  • December 18, 2020 January 30, 2021
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Majority of Canadians support extending EI sickness benefit to at least 26 weeks: survey

A new survey by Ipsos for the Canadian Cancer Society showed 88 per cent of Canadians support extending the employment insurance sickness benefit to at…

  • By: Staff
  • February 25, 2021 February 26, 2021
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Uber drivers classified as workers, given benefits in landmark U.K. ruling

Uber drivers in Britain should be classed as “workers” and not self-employed, the U.K. Supreme Court ruled Feb. 19, in a decision that threatens the company’s…

Alyssa Hodder joining International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans

The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans has appointed Alyssa Hodder as director of education and outreach for Canada. In the new role, she’ll be…

  • December 10, 2020 January 23, 2021
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