What is the CHIP notice?

Posted by Emily Kubis on Fri, Feb 09, 2018 @ 08:02

Employers must notify workers of possible premium assistance

Employers providing group health insurance in states with premium assistance through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) must provide annual notice of that assistance before the start of each plan year.

The notice explains how employees can find out if premium assistance is available, and how to apply for Medicare or CHIP coverage for dependents.

Here's what employers need to know.

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Tags: BerniePortal, HR, CHIP, compliance, employer digest, BernieHR, CHIP notice

Small employers—don't miss these three HR deadlines

Posted by Emily Kubis on Wed, Feb 07, 2018 @ 09:02

Get compliance peace of mind

Keeping track of the many regulatory guidelines and deadlines can be overwhelming for small to mid-sized employers. But overlooking even a small compliance item can lead to costly penalties for your organization.

Here are three upcoming can’t-miss HR deadlines.

Wondering if your company’s HR department is up to par? BernieHR provides on-demand HR consulting, allowing small organizations to focus on business growth and development while obtaining compliance peace of mind.

Three HR deadlines to watch:

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Tags: BerniePortal, HR, compliance, employer digest, BernieHR

How small employers can improve HR

Posted by Emily Kubis on Fri, Jan 26, 2018 @ 08:01

Two ways for small businesses to become more strategic

The fragmented HR ecosystem presents challenges to small and mid-sized employers. Compliance is key but regulations are ever-changing, and HR policies are the foundation of your workplace, so it’s important to get them right.

A recent study conducted by Paychex found that 20 percent of small employers have little to no confidence in their HR abilities, specifically in onboarding, employee classification and background checks.

Further, the report notes most small businesses lack the structure and technology to automate their current manual processes. Only 30 percent of small businesses use technology for onboarding, and 38 percent still track time and attendance manually.

With manual processes comes human error, which further adds to the low confidence levels experienced by most small businesses when it comes to HR. Further, uncertainty about whether these processes are conducted correctly can lead to costly penalties and fines.

Here are two ways small organizations can address these issues:

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Tags: BerniePortal, HR, employer digest, BernieHR

Employers, here’s how to maximize your ancillary options

Posted by Emily Kubis on Mon, Nov 27, 2017 @ 08:11

Use technology to expand your benefits package without rising costs

Most employers want to offer a competitive benefits package. But few are offering voluntary options beyond the standard dental, vision and disability. Why is this?

Many employers mistakenly think that offering a wide range of voluntary options would be expensive. But the reality is that many lines of coverage can be offered at little to no cost to the employer.

What does make offering more lines of coverage complicated are the administrative burdens associated with expanded ancillary options. From paper forms to billing errors, offering many voluntary options is hard to manage on paper. Further, most small and mid-sized businesses have a small HR team—if they have one at all. This leads many employers to believe expanding their benefits package is next to impossible.

However, a benefits platform completely streamlines the process. Bernard Health clients have complimentary access to BerniePortal, which makes it easy to offer, compare and enroll in more lines of coverage than ever before.

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Tags: BerniePortal, employer health benefits, employer health plans, health insurance premiums, ancillary benefits, voluntary benefits, employer digest

How Bernard Health simplifies HR

Posted by Emily Kubis on Fri, Sep 22, 2017 @ 09:09

Simplify HR administration with BernieHR and BerniePortal

The fragmented HR ecosystem presents challenges to small and mid-sized employers. Compliance is key but regulations are ever-changing, and HR policies are the foundation of your workplace, so it’s important to get them right.

Bernard Health solves HR challenges for clients through two integrated offerings—BerniePortal and BernieHR.

BerniePortal is our proprietary benefits and HR software platform. It makes handling HR functions like onboarding, offboarding, 1095-Cs, time & attendance and PTO a breeze.

BernieHR is on-demand, a la carte HR consulting for employers lacking a full-time HR presence. From policy and procedure development to compliance reporting and beyond, BernieHR provides experienced services to improve and streamline your organization’s HR.

Our clients have complimentary access to BerniePortal. To learn how Bernard Health can improve your HR and benefits plan, call us at 1-800-505-0750, or read on for available features. 

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Tags: BerniePortal, HR, employer digest, BernieHR

How to help employees become better healthcare consumers

Posted by Emily Kubis on Wed, Sep 20, 2017 @ 08:09

“The single biggest challenge in helping employees be better healthcare consumers is awareness”

Employers provide the majority of health insurance coverage in America, and as prices continue to rise, more organizations are embracing healthcare consumerism.

What is healthcare consumerism? It’s a broad term, but it’s often used to describe a more cost-sensitive way of engaging with the healthcare system. Healthcare consumerism means patients have a better sense of what their care costs, typically because they are paying for it out-of-pocket.

Healthcare consumerism is often talked about as the solution to lowering prices and reducing wasteful healthcare spend. But it’s a big challenge, because patients aren’t used to acting like consumers when it comes to healthcare.

Healthcare Bluebook is a Nashville-based price transparency tool that allows consumers to search common procedures and find fair prices. Bill Kampine, the company’ cofounder and SVP, shared his perspective on healthcare consumerism at Bernard Health’s 7th Annual Health Reform Luncheon. Here are his tips for helping employees become better healthcare consumers.

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Tags: BerniePortal, employer health benefits, solutions for employers, healthcare bluebook, employer digest, bill kampine, consumerism

Bernard Health Announces Launch of On-Demand HR Service and SaaS Platform

Posted by Emily Kubis on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 @ 09:06

BernieHR combines benefits and HR expertise to offer employers the perfect combination of technology and qualified professionals

Bernard Health, a leading benefits advisory firm, announced today the launch of BernieHR, a new strategic HR service that simplifies the complexity of human resources (HR) administration and provides on-demand support to small- and mid-sized businesses.

Combining the tenured benefits advisory expertise of Bernard Health with professional HR administration, BernieHR will help businesses that lack a full-time human resources professional obtain “à la carte” options in a full-suite of HR services and will provide additional counsel as needed. The new service is launching with an expanded version of BerniePortal, Bernard Health’s benefits and HR administration platform.

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What employers should know about HR software

Posted by Emily Kubis on Wed, May 03, 2017 @ 09:05

Read on, or register for our webinar

The HR software market is expected to grow to a $17+ billion industry by 2019, which can be overwhelming for many employers, particularly those still handling most processes on paper.

Further, many of the tech tools in the market today solve just one or two of HR’s transactional problems instead of the whole ecosystem—applicant tracking, for example, or time and attendance, or PTO.

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Tags: BerniePortal, HR, employers, solutions for employers, health insurance small employers, hr software, employer digest, benefits administration, employee benefit adviser

Alex and Brian Tolbert win 2017 Summit Award

Posted by Emily Kubis on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 @ 14:03

Brothers Alex and Brian Tolbert, founders and leaders of Bernard Health and BerniePortal, have received the 2017 Summit Award at ASCEND, the annual meeting of the Association for Insurance Leadership.

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Tags: BerniePortal, Bernard Health, Alex Tolbert, Brian Tolbert

We’re hiring—join the Bernard Health team!

Posted by Emily Kubis on Mon, Mar 20, 2017 @ 08:03

Positions open in Nashville, Atlanta and Austin

We’re growing quickly here at Bernard Health and BerniePortal, and we’re looking for highly motivated individuals to join our team.

Positions are open at our Nashville, Tennessee headquarters, as well as in Austin, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia. If you’re looking for a great job in the healthcare, benefits and software industries, keep reading.

First, who are we?

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Tags: BerniePortal, Bernard Health, hiring, recruitment

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