Weekly Article Roundup | 04.06.12

Interesting reads from this past week. 

More U.S. employers tie health insurance to medical tests
USA Today
Gone are the days of just signing up for health insurance and hoping you don’t have to use it. Now, more employees are being asked to roll up their sleeves for medical tests — and to exercise, participate in disease-management programs and quit smoking to qualify for hundreds, even thousands of dollars’ worth of premium or deductible discounts. Proponents say such plans offer people a financial incentive to make healthier choices and manage chronic conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes, which are driving up health care costs in the USA.

Lifetimes of Tech Changes
Human Resource Executive
The days of IT owning HR technology are now basically over. We’ve already seen the trend of business units taking ownership of HR technology and working with IT as a partner and also using third-party partners. While IT support continues to be critical — even in the age of hands-off SaaS — HR and the business units must complete the process of taking control over HCM software.

Study: Obesity trumps smoking when it comes to impact on long-term healthcare …
Drug Store News
Obesity adds more to healthcare costs than smoking does, according to a study published in the March Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental …

Tech’s Top 10
Human Resource Executive
The world’s “Most Powerful HR Technology Experts,” as selected by the editors of Human Resource Executive®, offer HR leaders their thoughts and advice concerning today’s and tomorrow’s HR technology trends and challenges.

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