PCSK-9 Inhibitors: The Next Big Thing
High cholesterol, which has climbed to nearly epidemic levels in the U.S., is the target of a wave of blockbuster, possibly lifesaving medications. PCSK-9 inhibitors, just days away from launch, promise to be yet another game changer, significantly enhancing treatment and management options for a specific group of patients, but at a projected cost of $10,000 per year. This Alert provides background on these new drugs, who should take them and what employers can do to educate employees on the risks of high cholesterol, and how to best manage the cost and utilization of these medications.

Quick Survey: Domestic Partner Coverage
This survey was fielded to determine what changes employers are planning to make to their coverage of domestic partners and same-sex spouses in light of the recent Supreme Court ruling. It also looks at whether employers are planning to make changes to coverage to both same-sex and opposite-sex domestic partners. Sixty-three members of the Business Group responded to this survey. Also see our recent What Your CEO is Reading - Domestic Partner Coverage

Telehealth Program Checklist
This checklist was developed to help employers and their consultants select and manage a telehealth program that is right for them. Also see our recent Policy Brief State and Federal Policy Recommendations to Promote Teleheath.

Transparency Tools: Vendor Side-by-Side Comparisons
This document provides a landscape analysis of the companies that provide transparency tools that employers may offer to employees and their dependents including information on: the services they offer, distinguishing characteristics and reported outcomes. It should be noted that this is not a complete listing of all companies that offer these services or an endorsement of any specific product.

Employer Perspectives on Accountable Care: ACO Definitions, Key Considerations, and Recommendations
This issue brief lays out definitions of accountable care organizations (ACOs), key questions employers should consider when looking at investing in an ACO strategy, and an overview of employer perspectives and concerns related to ACOs. This publication was created in collaboration with Leavitt Partners and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Increasing Employee Assistance Program Effectiveness and Utilization: New Approaches and Emerging Trends
This Top Solutions gives a broad overview of the current state of EAPs, as well as new approaches and emerging trends for creating a highly effective program. These tactics are based on new research as well as cutting-edge strategies being implemented by employer thought leaders and their partners.

Quick Survey: Spousal Surcharges
The purpose of this survey is to determine how employers implement spousal surcharges. The survey looks specifically at surcharge eligibility and verification process, methodology of verification, the annual surcharge amount and employer experience with spousal surcharges. Seventy-five members of the Business Group responded to this survey.

What Your CEO is Reading - Cadillac Tax Update
This newsletter highlights the challenge that employers of all sizes and across industries face in dealing with the impending excise tax on high cost coverage (Cadillac tax).


NEW BUSINESS GROUP MEMBERS

Cancer Treatment Centers of America
ProBuild
EHE International, Inc.
Comprehensive Health Services, Inc.
State Street Corporation
Colgate-Palmolive Company
ITS Manufacturing, Inc
CSL Behring, Inc.
23andMe
Naturally Slim - ACAP
Mission Health System
The Vitality Group
Ameriprise Financial, Inc.
CenturyLink
MetLife
meQuilibrium
Novelis, Inc.