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Category: Health Benefits

Flexible Spending Accounts May Disappear

Richard Stover, an actuary with Buck Consultants, predicts that Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) will be the first to go if the Cadillac Tax moves forward as planned. FSAs allow employees to save their own money, pre-tax, to pay for various health-related expenses including co-pays and deductible, eye glasses, and more. According to Stover, eliminating FSAs may be the most obvious way the Cadillac Tax impacts the middle class. The Cadillac Tax, which taxes the amount of benefits over... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, August 31, 2015 | 0 comments

Radical Approach to Hospital Bills: Set Your Own Price

According to Kaiser Health News, May 13, 2105:  "A small benefits consulting firm called ELAP Services is causing commotion by suggesting an alternative: Refuse to pay. When hospitals send invoices with charges that seem to bear no relationship to their costs, the Pennsylvania firm tells its clients (generally medium-sized employers) to just say no." "Instead, employers pay hospitals a much lower amount for their services — based on ELAP’s analysis of what is reasonable after analyzing... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, May 14, 2015 | 0 comments

How Does Your Health Plan Treat the New Biosimilars?

2015 MBGH Specialty Pharmacy Management Workshop Topic (held April 1) From the National Business Coalition on Health: "Earlier this month, Novartis’ Zarxio was the first biosimilar product approved in the United States, ushering in a new era for the drug industry, consumers and third parties who manage medical and drug benefits. The introduction of cheaper alternatives to relatively complex biologic drugs has created confusion over the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval process... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, April 14, 2015 | 0 comments

Private Exchange Enrollment Doubles in 2015

2015 MBGH Annual Conference Topic: Private Healthcare Exchanges! According to an April 13,2 015 article in Employee Benefit News, Accenture data shows that enrollment in private exchanges doubled from 3 million in 2014 to 6 million in 2015. Accenture projects that by 2018, the first year of the Cadillac Tax, 40 million will be enrolled in private exchanges. Although most of the growth in 2015 was in the mid-market segment, Accenture believes that more large employers, who have been... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, April 13, 2015 | 0 comments

In-Patient Hospitalization Requirements Finalized for Minimum Value Plans

On November 21, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released proposed regulations in the form of the  2016 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters . The proposed regulations address a number of issues, including in-patient hospitalization requirements for minimum value plans. The proposed regulations formalize guidance provided in IRS Notice 2014-69 (released on November 4) addressing the glitch in the HHS minimum... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, November 26, 2014 | 0 comments

IRS Closes Loophole on Minimal Value Plans

The Internal Revenue Service, in a surprise move, said it will not qualify employer-sponsored health plans that fail to cover inpatient hospitalization as meeting the minimum value health plan standard under the Affordable Care Act.  In a notice issued under the public radar on Election Day, the IRS says it, the Treasury Department and the Department of Health and Human Services believe that plans that fail to provide substantial coverage for inpatient hospitalization services or for... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, November 14, 2014 | 0 comments

Engaging Employees Year Round Ranks as #1 Communication Challenge for Employers

Most employers (56%) say improving employees’ understanding and perceived value of benefits is their main focus, yet companies still lack personalized benefits communication at a time when it’s commonly expected by employees.   These are among the findings of a new survey of more than 330 employers conducted by the non-profit National Business Coalition on Health and Benz Communications. A collaborative effort, the 2014 Inside Benefits Communication Survey gathered key data from... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, November 14, 2014 | 0 comments

How One Employer Saved $3.5million in Health Benefit Costs

The results of a dependent audit saved Baptist Health, an 18-facility health care system based in KY, $3.5 million according to an article in HealthLeadersMedia.com. Check out how they conducted their audit and see if you have incorporated the same best practices! Define "dependent" and then stick to it Give fair warning (and get some voluntary terminations!) Consider "amnesty" for past offenses Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | 0 comments

Most Employers Reject Private Exchanges

In a stark departure from other industry polls, employers plan to resoundingly reject private exchanges as a way to control rising health care costs, according to a new survey of more than 330 employers conducted by the non-profit National Business Coalition on Health and Benz Communications.     More than half (55%) of the respondents indicate they will “never” stop sponsoring employee health plans in favor of giving employees money to buy coverage through a private exchange.... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, October 8, 2014 | 0 comments

September 29 Webinar: Access to Specialty Medications & Value-based Insurance Design

Join the National Pharmaceutical Council for a webinar on September 29 from 12:00-1:00 CT.  NBCH's CEO, Brian Klepper, will present on the webinar along with a panel of other leading health and benefits experts. Read the webinar announcement from NPC below and register online today .  Specialty medications have been making health care headlines in recent months because of their effectiveness and higher costs. How can we ensure that patients will have access to the treatments that... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, September 17, 2014 | 0 comments

Direct Contracts with Medical Providers Help Self-Insured Employers Control Costs

From the National Business Coalition on Health:  According to Aon Hewitt's “2014 Health Care Survey,” conducted between December 2013 and January of this year, 11% of employers are engaging in some form of direct health care provider and service contracting during this plan year, and 28% expect to do so in the next three to five years.  To see an infographic with major survey findings, click here . To receive a copy of all survey results, click here . Read the full story via ... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, September 17, 2014 | 0 comments

Employer-Sponsored Family Health Premiums Rise 3% in 2014

From the National Business Coalition on Health: Average annual premiums for employer-sponsored family health coverage reached $16,834 this year, up 3 percent from last year, continuing a recent trend of modest increases, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF)/Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) 2014 Employer Health Benefits Survey released September 10, 2014.  Workers on average pay $4,823 annually toward the cost of family coverage this year.  Get all the... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, September 17, 2014 | 0 comments

New Member Benefit: Purchaser Self-Assessment Tool

We are pleased to announce that MBGH members now have access to the National Business Coalition on Health’s Purchaser Self-Assessment Tool (PSAT) 1 .  The PSAT is a comprehensive, easy-to-use online tool that helps busy benefits and wellness professionals achieve value-based purchasing.      The PSAT provides MBGH members a customized analysis of your progress in adopting value-driven health benefit practices in comparison to other employers. Based on the... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Sunday, January 19, 2014 | 0 comments

Creating a Burning Platform for Payment Change

In their December 2013 Issue Brief "A Burning Platform and Trust: Key Ingredients for Payment Reform" prepared by Bailit Health Purchsing, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation encourages the following to advance payment reform and delivery system change: Create a momentum for change by continuing the discussion and paying attention to payment change. Once everyone believes that the old rules have changed, behavior will change. No one wants to be left behind. Emphasize that it is better to... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Saturday, January 18, 2014 | 0 comments

Benefit Design Tool: Evidence-Based Cardiovascular Disease Approaches

Be sure your benefit design incorporates evidence-based approaches to managing cardiovascular disease released by the Community Preventive Services Task Force: Read  the complete Community Preventive Services Task Force report on cardiovascular disease as well as other conditions Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Saturday, January 18, 2014 | 0 comments

Benefit Designs Should Include "Clinical Nuances" to Reduce Costs

From the National Business Coalition on Health: Drs. Mark Fendrick and John Ayanian argue that in order to shift health care spending from volume-based to value-based, payment models must consider certain “clinical nuances.” The authors conclude that "By basing consumer cost sharing on the clinical value – not the price – of services, payers can actively engage consumers in seeking high-value care and foster more regular conversations with providers regarding low-value services."  ... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Saturday, January 18, 2014 | 0 comments

Employee Wellness Programs Can Reduce Health Costs, Hospital Admissions

From the National Business Coalition on Health : According to a report on PepsiCo's Healthy Living wellness program published in Health Affairs, employee participation in BOTH disease and lifestyle-management workplace wellness programs resulted in a cost reduction of $160 per month and a 66% decline in hospital admissions. The disease-management program alone helped employees cut health costs by $136 each month. Employees that only participated in the lifestyle-management initiative did... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Saturday, January 18, 2014 | 0 comments

Data Brief on Trends in Employer-Sponsored Insurance

From the National Business Coalition on Health: Recent accounts of employers dropping health coverage, restricting eligibility for spouses, turning to plans with narrower networks and greater cost sharing, and restructuring workforces are often framed as side effects of the ACA.  But many of these cost-cutting trends began long before health reform. This data brief  and data charts from the National Institute of Health Care Management offers a comprehensive look at how... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, October 21, 2013 | 0 comments

One-Third of Large Employers Taking Steps in 2014 to Avoid Cadillac Tax in 2018

From the National Business Coalition on Health: The Commonwealth Fund reports on recent trends among employers to start trimming back benefits now in preparation for the Cadillac Tax hitting "high cost plans" in 2018. As employees at many private companies prepare for the open enrollment season, some will find out soon about decisions their employers have made about benefits in order to escape a tax on expensive health care coverage that hits in 2018.The tax imposes a 40 percent excise... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, October 14, 2013 | 0 comments

GE and IBM Stop Providing Traditional Retiree Health Care Benefits

Bloomberg reports that GE and IBM have both decided to stop providing traditional retiree health care benefits, and instead shift retirees into private insurance exchanges where they purchase their own insurance plans with a defined contribution. While retiree health benefits have been shrinking for years, the newest cutbacks may quickly become the norm. About 44 percent of companies plan to stop administering health plans for their former workers over the next two years, a survey last... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, September 18, 2013 | 0 comments

Only Modest Premium Increases Seen in 2013: Kaiser Family Foundation Employer Health Survey

The Kaiser Family Foundation's 2013 Employer Health Survey, released August 20, 2013, found that there were only modest increases for both single and family premiums in 2013. Annual premiums for employer-sponsored family health coverage reached $16,351 this year, up 4 percent from last year, with workers on average paying $4,565 toward the cost of their coverage. During the same period, workers' wages and general inflation were up 1.8 percent and 1.1 percent respectively. This year's rise in... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, August 21, 2013 | 0 comments

Engaged Employees Exercise More, Eat Healthier

The Gallup Daily tracking interviews in 2012 showed that engaged employees eat healthier and exercise more than non-engaged employees or disengaged employees.  This is not the first connection Gallup research shows between employee engagement and health. Previous Gallup research shows that engaged employees: Are healthier overall with fewer chronic diseases and lower obesity rates Are 21% more likely to participate in worksite wellness programs Gallup points out that it is not... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, March 13, 2013 | 0 comments

Consumer Attitudes on Health Care Costs

From the National Business Coalition on Health : New Robert Wood Johnson Foundation research shows many Americans don't understand why health care costs are increasing nor how the trend affects them on a daily basis. RWJF orchestrated a series of eight focus groups in four major U.S. cities: Chicago, Denver, Philadelphia and Charlotte, N.C. Four of the focus groups included people with employer-sponsored health insurance, two groups were comprised of people who were self-insured, one group was... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Saturday, January 12, 2013 | 0 comments

Employer Health Insurance Premiums Rose 62%, Deductibles More Than Doubled 2003-2011

From the National Business Coalition on Health: Average premiums for employer-sponsored family health insurance plans rose 62 percent between 2003 and 2011, rising far faster than incomes did in all states, according to a new Commonwealth Fund analysis that tracks trends in job-based coverage state by state. The study also finds that annual costs for the share of insurance premiums paid by workers grew an average of 74 percent, and deductibles more than doubled during the period. Total... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, December 27, 2012 | 0 comments

Survey: Consumers Welcome Active Role in Care

From the National Business Coalition on Health: American healthcare consumers are buying into the notion that they must take an active role in their healthcare, according to a recent survey by Wolters Kluwer Health. click here for the survey report. The survey found 80 percent of healthcare consumers believe the trend of individuals taking a more active role in their own care is positive for Americans. Further, and somewhat surprisingly, the consumers feel ready to do so: 76 percent... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, December 24, 2012 | 0 comments

Employees Get the Flu Vaccine For Economic Reasons

From the National Business Coalition on Health: A study presented on October 29, 2012 at the American Public Health Association annual meeting in San Francisco and recently published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine found that influenza-like illness took a significant toll on employee health and productivity during a recent influenza season. A new employer-sponsored influenza immunization program that was developed for this study was effective at engaging both... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, November 28, 2012 | 0 comments

HHS Releases Proposed Regulation on Incentives for Nondiscriminatory Wellness Programs

Helpful links to understand the specifics of this proposed rule: Health Affairs Blog:  http://healthaffairs.org/blog/2012/11/21/implementing-health-reform-wellness-programs-and-medicaid-faq/ Kaiser Health News coverage of all 3 proposed rules: http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2012/November/20/administration-releases-new-rules-for-health-law.aspx Coverage on all 3 of the proposed rules from across the nation at ... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, November 21, 2012 | 0 comments

HHS Releases Proposed Regs: Essential Health Benefits, Actuarial Value, Accreditation Standards

Helpful links to help you understand the specifics of this proposed rule: Health Affairs Blog:   http://healthaffairs.org/blog/2012/11/21/implementing-health-reform-essential-health-benefits-actuarial-value-and-accreditation/ Kaiser Health News coverage of all 3 proposed rules:   http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2012/November/20/administration-releases-new-rules-for-health-law.aspx Coverage of all 3 proposed rules from across the nation:  ... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, November 20, 2012 | 0 comments

MBGH Launches Culture of Health Initiative

MBGH recently launched an initiative to encourage and assist Memphis-area employers in creating cultures of health within their organizations. This initiative is in support of Healthy Shelby (the most recent initiative of Memphis Fast Forward focused on better health, better care and lower costs as strategies for economic vitality). MBGH is working closely with Memphis Tomorrow, the association of chief executive officers of Memphis’ largest enterprises, to build CEO adoption and spread the... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, November 15, 2012 | 0 comments

State of Tennessee Wins Excellence in Value-Based Purchasing Award

The State of Tennessee, a member of Memphis Business Group on Health (MBGH), was presented with the Employer Excellence in Value-Based Purchasing Award at the National Business Coalition on Health’s (NBCH) annual conference. The award is sponsored by Ethicon Endo-Surgery and Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems. At the awards ceremony, Cristie Upshaw Travis, MBGH CEO, thanked the State on behalf of the citizens and tax payers of Tennessee, for taking bold steps to reign in the costs of... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, November 15, 2012 | 0 comments

South Carolina's Interesting Approach to Health Reform

Leah Binder, CEO of The Leapfrog Group, puts a spotlight on Governor Nikki Haley's (R-South Carolina) approach to health care delivery system reform and how it complements the health insurance reforms put forth through the ACA. Haley's approach hinges on developing new payment systems which are tied to health care quality and cost. Transparency will be a critical factor in making this payment change possible. Purchasers and patients need to know how physicians and hospitals compare on quality... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Sunday, November 11, 2012 | 0 comments

Catch Up on What's Happening with Health Insurance Exchanges

Wonder what's going on with Health Insurance Exchanges, especially in Tennessee? The answer is that a lot has to happen very quickly for exchanges to be ready for open enrollment in the fall of 2013. HHS has extended the deadline for states to indicate their intention to establish a state-sponsored exchange until December 14, 2012. Click here to read Tennessee Governor Haslam's official response to this new deadline. Plus, as you know, employers have obligations to notify their... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Saturday, November 3, 2012 | 0 comments

Employers Use Scoring Models as Part of Wellness Plans

From the National Business Coalition on Health: According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the future of employee wellness programs may be an individual health score, much like a consumer has a credit score. Allina Health of Minneapolis is among a growing number of employers using employee health scoring models, such as myHealthCheck and HealthCheck360°. The programs work by rating each employee based on health screening data. At Allina, employees who score high on myHealthCheck can get up... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Saturday, November 3, 2012 | 0 comments

Retirees Are Often the First To Purchase Coverage Through Private Exchanges

From the National Business Coalition on Health: Kaiser Health News reports that in the past 20 years, the number of companies that provide retiree health coverage has dropped dramatically, leaving seniors with the difficult task of choosing among a variety of plans to supplement their Medicare benefits. It is a choice that can be confusing and has large financial implications. But a move by some employers is softening the blow. They are contracting with ... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, October 19, 2012 | 0 comments

New MBGH Member Benefit: Resolve Health Challenges with Other Employers Who Understand

Join us January 30, 2013 8:30-10:30 for our first meeting! Open to MBGH members and affiliates only. Register by email to ctravis@memphisbusinessgroup.org . You know other businesses face the same employee health and health benefit challenges as you. Instead of reinventing the wheel by yourself the next time one of these challenges arise, imagine being able to work collaboratively with these other businesses to arrive at creative solutions much more quickly. MBGH makes that... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, October 10, 2012 | 0 comments

ACA Will Raise Costs for Mid-Sized Employers

From the National Business Coalition on Health:  President Obama's healthcare law won't erode employer-based health insurance — but it will raise some companies' costs by nearly 10 percent, according to a new analysis from the Urban Institute. Although the law's critics usually focus on small businesses, the new paper says medium-sized firms will see the biggest cost increase. Mid-sized businesses — firms that have between 101 and 1,000 employees — would have... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, October 10, 2012 | 0 comments

Check Out MBGH's Worksite Wellness Web Page!

Did you know that working adults comprise 65% of the population ages 16+ in the US? Did you realize that workers spend at least 50% of their waking hours at the worksite? Is it any surprise then, that where we work can help promote and support our health? The key word is can. Where we work won't have this positive impact if employers don't take deliberate steps to create a culture of health at the worksite by adopting policies and providing environmental and social supports to promote... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, October 10, 2012 | 0 comments

Two Major Employers Embrace Private Health Insurance Exchange

From the National Business Coalition on Health: According to Employee Benefit News, in a move that could herald a sea change in health benefits, Sears Holdings Corp. and Darden Restaurants, Inc will begin allowing employees to purchase health insurance through a private insurance exchange in 2013. Around 90,000 Sears employees and some 45,000 Darden employees will be eligible to purchase insurance through the exchange, which will be operated by Aon Hewitt. Starting Jan. 1, employees at the... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Saturday, September 29, 2012 | 0 comments

Working to Get the CDC's Diabetes Prevention Program to Memphis!

As those of you that attended our September 6, 2012 Annual Conference know, MBGH is working through the National Business Coalition on Health and the CDC to get the CDC's National Diabetes Prevention Program to Memphis! This evidence-based, small-group setting, lifestyle coaching program is geared toward pre-diabetics, to help them not develop full-blown Type 2 diabetes. We know that generally, there are about 2.5 times as many pre-diabetics in the US as diabetics and the only way to slow... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, September 21, 2012 | 0 comments

Providers Offering Price Guarantees to Insurers to Stabilize Employer Health Costs

From the National Business Coalition on Health: According to  Forbes , one of the Midwest’s largest providers of medical care is bringing a price guarantee to a new concept being pushed by the Obama administration that rewards doctors and hospitals for working together to improve quality and cost. Milwaukee-based Aurora HealthCare has formed an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) that is working with Aetna Inc. and Wellpoint subsidiary Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, August 28, 2012 | 0 comments

Employers Turn to Biometric Data To Manage Costs

From the National Business Coalition on Health: As employers continue to use wellness programs to improve employee behavior and their health, many are taking advantage of benefits automation tools; however, they also have not reached the potential for cost savings and operational efficiency, according to the 2012 Wellness & Benefits Administration Benchmarking Study by bswift. “Employers are actively modifying and upgrading their wellness programs as they learn from experience,... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, August 23, 2012 | 0 comments

Survey Finds Wellness Strategies Gaining Traction as Way to Curb Health Cost Increases

From the National Business Coalition on Health: Global costs for employee health benefits are expected to increase this year, but wellness programs are gaining traction as a way to keep people healthier and lower long-term costs, according to the  2012 Towers Watson Global Medical Trends Survey  of insurers. Towers Watson officials say the rate of cost increases is slowing and 29% of insurers reported using wellness programs as one way to control costs. While traditional cost... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Saturday, July 28, 2012 | 0 comments

Participate in the Annual Purchasing Power Survey

Modern Healthcare has opened its annual Healthcare Purchasing Power survey for participation. This survey examines how much major employers spend on providing health care benefits and services to their employees; essentially, who pays for health care and how much it costs.  Co-sponsored by NBCH and the Leapfrog Group, this survey recognizes the growing power employers have to dictate how health care services are delivered. Participating companies are ranked by their health... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, July 25, 2012 | 0 comments

Don’t Place Curbs on ‘Stop-Loss’ Insurance, GOP Lawmakers Tell Administration

Three Republican senators have warned the Obama administration not to place new limits on the issuance of “stop-loss” insurance, which employers purchase in order to operate self-insured health plans. A recent Federal Register notice issued by the Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services suggests that the agencies “may be considering actions to limit stop-loss coverage for small and medium plans, which would be outside the limits of the administration’s existing... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, July 9, 2012 | 0 comments

Business as Usual for Employers After Supreme Court Upholds Health Reform

I have to admit that when we finally got the whole picture and the Supreme Court had upheld PPACA, it was a little anti-climactic Not because health reform itself is any less impactful, but because the employers I know have been moving forward with compliance and implementation assuming that health reform would stand and continue as the "law of the land". What else could they do? Waiting was just not an option as there was a lot of work to do. So, although the ruling itself was interesting... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Saturday, June 30, 2012 | 0 comments

New, More User-Friendly Health Reform Website from American Benefits Council

From the National Business Coalition on Health: The American Benefits Council, an important strategic partner of NBCH, has announced its new, more user-friendly website. The Health Care Reform issue page is now divided into its component pages, covering the wide variety of health reform issues addressed by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). These individual topics are: § Employer Shared Responsibility § Market Reforms & Adult Child/Age-26 Coverage §... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, May 4, 2012 | 0 comments

Costs of Many Preventive Services Vary Widely: What Employers Can Do

Kelly Kennedy's April 6, 2012 article in USA Today sheds light on the significant variance in the costs of preventive services, now required to be covered by insurance at 100%, not subject to co-pays or deductibles. "Over the past year, health plans and self-insured employers began paying for wellness exams — diabetes screening, mammographies, Pap smears and colonoscopies — as required by the law, without charging consumers a deductible or co-payment. But in looking at 15,000 consumers, a... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, April 17, 2012 | 0 comments

Disturbing Anti-Smoking Ads Convince Thousands to Quit

"(RNN) - Calls to a national stop-smoking line doubled and traffic to the government's anti-smoking website tripled after a hard-hitting TV advertising campaign seems to have convinced many Americans to quit the deadly habit. The Tips from Former Smokers ad campaign was launched by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Office on Smoking and Health on March 19. The commercials profile former smokers and others who have been affected by second-hand smoking. The... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Saturday, April 7, 2012 | 0 comments

Physician Groups Identify Tests and Procedures That are Often Not Necessary

Nine physician organizations have each identified five tests or procedures that may be overused or unnecessary as part of the Choosing Wisely campaign led by the ABIM Foundation, with Consumer Reports, in an effort to improve health care quality and patient safety. Patient advocates are calling the move a significant step toward improving the quality and safety of health care. As the nation increasingly focuses on ways to provide safer, higher-quality care to patients, the overuse... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, April 6, 2012 | 0 comments

Will CFOs Play or Pay Under Healthcare Reform?

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Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, April 5, 2012 | 0 comments

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