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The most obvious trends among employer-sponsored medical plans have been well documented: broad cost-shifting to employees, deductibles on the rise, specialty prescription costs skyrocketing.

But beneath this high level of plan characteristics lies another trending level less well quantified. In the 2016 Medical Plan Trends and Observations Report, leadership and technology consulting firm CEB and DirectPath dig deeper into plan characteristics that emerged this year. Along with identifying a more detailed level of plan components, CEB offers its “implications for executives” in which it advises management on the handling of specific plan pieces.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.

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