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HighRoads Client, The Boeing Company, Latest to Receive “Superstar” Award by The Institute for HealthCare Consumerism

HighRoads’ SPD Portal Also Recognized with Innovator Award

HighRoads, an industry leader in employer health care compliance and benefits management, today announced that its clients, Lara LaRose, Manager of Boeing Health & Productivity Data Management and Amber Minor, Manager of the Boeing Enterprise Service Delivery Management Office for The Boeing Company have been recognized as winners of this year’s “Solutions Superstar 2011” for the Most Innovative Health & Benefits Plan Implementation Award by CDHC Solutions, the official publication of “The Institute for HealthCare Consumerism (IHC).”

Each year, the IHC recognizes those who go above and beyond in executing innovative health and benefit management programs, or providing those solutions to organizations. The Boeing Company’s benefits management team demonstrated significant use of technology to automate, standardize, and streamline the reporting of supplier proposals.  In addition, Boeing is now able to collect historical data for strategic planning and negotiation.  The automation of the proposal reporting process also streamlined the annual renewal updates, reduced reporting variations among suppliers by 70%, and reduced associated consulting fees by 35%.

“By re-evaluating the way Boeing receives, processes and stores its data, the benefits team has effectively leveraged technology to ensure the efficient, accurate and compliant performance of routine administrative tasks,” said Michael Byers, CEO, HighRoads. “This enabled them to re-focus employee resources on strategic initiatives as well as reduce consulting fees. We are very pleased to see them recognized for their exceptional results.”

The Boeing Company joins the growing list of HighRoads customers to be recognized for benefits management innovation, vision and successes. Other HighRoads customers to receive industry awards for their use of innovative benefits management technology include: AT&T, Dell, Hannaford Supermarkets, H-E-B, Kraft Foods, NEEBco, Pitney Bowes, and Staples.

Also recognized in this year’s CDHC Solutions “Solutions Superstars 2011” is HighRoads’ SPD Portal which received an Innovator Award for a solution provider who was successful in introducing and implementing better innovations in health and benefit solutions for employers and their employees. The HighRoads personalized SPD Portal is an integrated, online employee communications vehicle that immediately presents the most current Summary Plan Descriptions (SPDs) to employees. With the help of HighRoads, clients are compliantly transitioning to electronic distribution of ERISA documents and notices to abide by increased regulations and to improve employee benefit comprehension. HighRoads’ new SPD Portal offers clients a faster, more cost-effective way to update and communicate critical employee benefits and legislative changes.

More information on The Boeing Company’s recognition and HighRoads’ SPD Portal award from CDHC Solutions can be viewed by visiting:  http://theihcc.com/en/publications/superstars.

HighRoads Client, The Boeing Company, Latest to Receive “Superstar” Award by The Institute for HealthCare Consumerism
HighRoads’ SPD Portal Also Recognized with Innovator Award HighRoads, an industry leader in employer health care compliance and benefits management, today announced that its clients, Lara LaRose, Manager of Boeing Health & Productivity Data Management and Amber Minor, Manager of the Boeing Enterprise Service Delivery Management Office for The Boeing Company have been recognized as […] »

NWN Corporation Names Brian Wheeler to CIO/Corporate VP of Technology Position

Waltham, MA – NWN Corporation, a leading systems integration company, announced Brian Wheeler as its CIO/Corporate VP of Technology beginning January 1, 2012.

NWN COO Skip Tappen stated “In the past year NWN has continued to see strong growth across our company through increased business and the addition of many great new employees. We recognize we are at a point as a company where we would benefit from more strategic focus around and leadership of our internal IT systems and teams. Therefore, we have asked Brian Wheeler to be our CIO/Corporate VP of Technology going forward and he has accepted this opportunity.”

Most recently, Wheeler provided leadership to NWN’s Advanced Services group and worked with the service leaders from across the company to provide processes and guidance. Wheeler joined NWN in 2003.

In this new role, Wheeler will focus on two key areas: leading the NWN internal IT team and promoting the growth of the company’s professional services through the support of the regional and practice service delivery leaders.

“At NWN we help customers solve business problems through technology. In this role I plan to ensure that we ourselves are solving our business problems with technology in a way that better serves our customers and fellow team members,” said Brian Wheeler.

NWN Corporation Names Brian Wheeler to CIO/Corporate VP of Technology Position
Waltham, MA – NWN Corporation, a leading systems integration company, announced Brian Wheeler as its CIO/Corporate VP of Technology beginning January 1, 2012. NWN COO Skip Tappen stated “In the past year NWN has continued to see strong growth across our company through increased business and the addition of many great new employees. We recognize […] »

HighRoads Study Shows Employers Will Not Eliminate Benefits Coverage Due to Health Care Reform

HighRoads, the industry leader in employer health care compliance and benefits management, today announced findings from its November “Pulse Survey” to assess employers’ sense of preparedness and understanding of the new Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) requirement under health care reform. The study reveals that most employers (80%) do not intend to drop health care coverage in 2014. In addition, a little more than half (58%) of respondents said they were prepared to produce SBCs by the original March, 2012 deadline.

“Based on these survey results, SBCs have not caused a great concern among organizations,” said Kim Buckey, SPD Practice Lead, HighRoads. “This is partly a reflection of current communications practices-many employers are already providing a level of communication close to that required by the SBC regulations-and partly a reflection of HR departments embracing technology.  By using automation to leverage existing data, they are better able to respond to required changes. That will enable timely compliance once the new deadline is determined.”

65% Report They Would Drop Coverage If Most Companies in Their Industry Eliminated Benefit Programs

While most employers do not plan to drop health care coverage in 2014, many (65%) would drop coverage if the majority of the companies in their industry eliminated their benefits programs. Conversely, most (84%) would not consider removing coverage if only a few in their industry no longer offered coverage.

Nearly all of the respondents (91%) in the study also stated that they would not consider eliminating some benefits coverage currently offered based on the complexity of the SBC requirements. Employers felt they were already committed to their health care strategy. Of those that indicated that they would consider removing some current health care coverage (9%), the majority (75%) said increased regulation would be the main driving factor, while the remaining (25%) cited increased health care costs.

The HighRoads Pulse Study was conducted in November 2011 and included a sampling of respondents from the health care, hospital, transportation, education, food and beverage, and energy and utility industries, with most of the respondents employed at hospitals or health care systems.

HighRoads Study Shows Employers Will Not Eliminate Benefits Coverage Due to Health Care Reform
HighRoads, the industry leader in employer health care compliance and benefits management, today announced findings from its November “Pulse Survey” to assess employers’ sense of preparedness and understanding of the new Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) requirement under health care reform. The study reveals that most employers (80%) do not intend to drop health care […] »

Introduction of Aspen Online Training Makes aspenONE® Engineering Products Easier to Use and Learn

BURLINGTON, MA – Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, introduced Aspen Online Training that makes aspenONE Engineering software products easier to use and learn.  Instant access to self guided training content from inside the product helps AspenTech users become productive faster and more proficient overall.

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Dr. Axel Polt, Vice President, Conceptual Engineering, BASF

“As the capabilities of AspenTech process engineering software continue to grow each year, it is important that users stay informed of the newest product functionality.  AspenTech has made learning new product features easier than ever with online training, accessible directly from within the product and available at your fingertips when you need it.  The animated viewlets are a great way to pick up new tips or get a quick refresher.”

John Rizopoulos, Global Lead, Process Engineering, CH2M HILL Energy and Chemicals

“Training is a key component of staff recruiting, development and retention.  AspenTech Online Training helps our process engineers get engaged and productive as quickly as possible.  The rich content and video make the information easier to absorb and retain.”

Manolis Kotzabasakis, Executive Vice President, Products, AspenTech

“Online Training makes it possible for AspenTech users to become productive faster.  As a result, AspenTech customers can accelerate the high value benefits that aspenONE delivers – greater company profitability and enhanced user productivity.  Our goal is for AspenTech users to develop their skills faster and achieve higher productivity than any other user of software in the process industries.  Online Training is an important step in achieving that vision.”

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About AspenTech

AspenTech is a leading supplier of software that optimizes process manufacturing – for energy, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, engineering and construction, and other industries that manufacture and produce products from a chemical process.  With integrated aspenONE solutions, process manufacturers can implement best practices for optimizing their engineering, manufacturing and supply chain operations.  As a result, AspenTech customers are better able to increase capacity, improve margins, reduce costs and become more energy efficient.  To see how the world’s leading process manufacturers rely on AspenTech to achieve their operational excellence goals, visit www.aspentech.com

Introduction of Aspen Online Training Makes aspenONE® Engineering Products Easier to Use and Learn
BURLINGTON, MA – Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, introduced Aspen Online Training that makes aspenONE Engineering software products easier to use and learn.  Instant access to self guided training content from inside the product helps AspenTech users become productive faster and more proficient overall. With Aspen […] »

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