Cultivating Creativity: Transforming Organizational Mindsets

Humans tend to put themselves into metaphorical boxes, defining their abilities and characteristics in rigid, “either/or” ways.

Consider this: Many people claim they’re analytical and not creative, believing these traits to be mutually exclusive. However, this binary thinking of “you’re either creative or you’re notis restrictive. The brain is not divided into only “creative” and “analytical” segments. Our cognitive processes are far more integrated and fluid.

Contrary to popular belief, creativity is not solely the domain of artists. It is a multifaceted skill that encompasses innovative thinking, problem-solving, and idea generation, all of which are crucial for personal, professional, and organizational growth. Read more

2023-2024 PCORI Fee Released

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The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee established by the Affordable Care Act helps fund research to evaluate and compare health outcomes, clinical effectiveness, risks, and benefits of medical treatment and services.  The fee is currently in place through 2029.  In Notfice 2023-70, the IRS announced that the PCORI fee for plan years ending between October 1, 2023, and September 30, 2024, is $3.22.  This is an increase from the $3.00 payment for policy or plan years that ended between October 1, 2022, and September 30, 2023.  Employers and plan sponsors with self-funded plans are typically responsible for submitting IRS Form 720 and paying the PCORI fee by July 31 of the calendar year immediately following the last day of the plan year, meaning that payments for plan years that end in 2023 will be due in July of 2024. 

PCORI fees for self-funded plans are assessed on all covered lives, not just on employees.  Plan sponsors can use one of three methods to calculate the average number of covered lives for the fee: the actual count method, the snapshot method, and the Form 5500 method.  The fee for employers with fully insured plans is assessed per employee, as opposed to per covered life.  Many fully insured employers do not need to take any action, as the insurer will submit the payment on their behalf.  However, remember that fully insured employers with self-funded HRAs must pay the fee for each employee covered under the account. 


2023 PCORI Filing Fee Calendar 

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Beyond the Paycheck: 5 Ways to Show You Value Your Employees

Employees are the backbone of your company. They drive growth and ensure stability and success. But office life is hectic, and showing appreciation can sometimes slip through the cracks or put as an “I’ll do it later” item on your to-do list.

Yet, when employees are recognized for their efforts, they are more engaged and productive and put their hearts into their work when they feel it matters. The numbers don’t lie:  Happy employees are 20% more productive.  

Here are five straightforward ways to show your employees they’re appreciated and valued. Read more

Elevate Your Business in the New Year: Make Information Management a Priority

It’s that time again – when we all make resolutions that we swear we’ll stick to this time. We swear we’ll stay caught up on our to-do lists, organize our emails, or make those important telephone calls. 

But here’s one your business genuinely can’t afford to skip: implementing a rock-solid information management system. Why, you ask? Let’s break it down. Read more