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The future of benefits and health care: What's next?

The health care and employee benefits industries have faced a number of obstacles and challenges in recent years. As we slowly emerge from the pandemic, benefits advisors and their employer clients will once again need to adapt to a new landscape. From price transparency and rising health care costs to adopting new technologies and creating inclusive benefits packages, success in this changing environment will require adaptability and innovation.

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Illustration of health care complexity Hospital chargemasters are plagued with data problems, including cryptic codes, hard-to-understand drug names, and duplicate data.

It’s been a rough week for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) rules that took effect Jan. 1 requiring hospitals to provide detailed pricing information on their websites to allow for easy cost comparisons.

First, a new Health Tracking Poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation, a health policy analysis organization, revealed that “the vast majority of adults are unaware [of] or say this requirement does not exist.”

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