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7 Aug

Health benefit costs to jump another 7 percent

Consumer-driven health care cited as most effective step to manage costs, according to NBGH

  http://www.benefitspro.com/author/jenny-ivy The nation's largest companies expect the cost of their health care benefits to rise an average 7 percent in 2013, according to findings released Monday by the National Business Group on Health. Although the rate is a slight dip from earlier years, employers are eyeing a variety of cost-control measures. While the majority - 60 percent - plan to slightly increase the...

6 Aug

Medical ID theft: Double danger for doctors

The sooner medical identity theft is discovered, the more likely damage can be minimized. Physicians, patients, insurers and the government all can help detect it

By Pamela Lewis Dolan, amednews staff. Posted Aug. 6, 2012 When Anne Peters, MD, a Los Angeles-based internist, started receiving phone calls in 2006 from patients who were not hers about medical procedures she didn’t perform or even offer at her practice, she figured out pretty quickly that she had become a victim of medical identity theft. When Dr. Peters sought advice...

19 Jul

Medicare previews pay increases and cuts for 2013

The program’s physician fee schedule details a new care coordination service but also outlines potential additional reductions through a quality payment modifier.

  By Charles Fiegl, amednews staff. Posted July 16, 2012 Washington The Medicare program would pay doctors to coordinate patient care following a discharge from a hospital starting in 2013, according to a proposal from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The service would include payments for phone calls and other related care management activities that currently are not compensated, the Medicare...

17 Jul

How the Health Care Law is Making a Difference for the People of New Jersey

Health Care Reform

For too long, too many hardworking Americans paid the price for policies that handed free rein to insurance companies and put barriers between patients and their doctors. The Affordable Care Act gives hardworking families in New Jersey the security they deserve. The new health care law forces insurance companies to play by the rules, prohibiting them from dropping your coverage...

25 Jun

Electronic Health Records Could Help Lower Malpractice Claims

By Matthew Fleming

A research letter published Monday by Harvard scientists in the Archives of Internal Medicine suggests that doctors who adopt the use of electronic health records have a lower rate of malpractice claims. The researchers examined responses from 275 physicians in Massachusetts who responded to surveys in 2005 and 2007, and examined the physicians’ use of electronic health records (EHRs) and the...

21 Jun

UnitedHealthcare Voluntarily Extends Important Health Reform Protections Regardless of Upcoming Rulings by Supreme Court

Company Ensures Continuity for UnitedHealthcare Consumers, Customers and Care Providers

MINNETONKA, Minn.,(June 11, 2012) – UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) company, will continue to offer important health care insurance protections that were included in the 2010 health care reform law, no matter how the U.S. Supreme Court rules in cases currently pending before the Court. UnitedHealthcare will continue provisions related to coverage of preventive health care services, coverage of dependents...

21 Jun

Aetna Voluntarily Keeps Some Popular Benefits

Affordable Care Act

With a U.S. Supreme Court decision on the fate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) due any day, media speculation as to the potential outcomes and implications has been feverish. However, Aetna and other insurers assured constituents last week that some things, at least, will stay the same even if the law is struck down. Aetna issued a statement saying...

18 Jun

House GOP blasts Obama health law over spending projections

Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services

House Republicans slammed President Obama's health law after a federal agency estimated that spending on healthcare will jump 7.4 percent in 2014, when much of the law is implemented. A memo from the House Ways and Means Committee said that the report from  the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) "confirms that  despite the Obama administration’s promises to the...

12 Jun

Healthy Nutrition and Weight Management

Nutritional Shake like no other. Staying healthy helps keep your insurance premium lower

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11 May

Governor Chris Christie Vetoes NJ Health Care Exchange Bill

Governor Chris Christie has vetoed the NJ State Health Care Exchange bill that is associated with Federal Health Care Reform Law

NJ Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed an on line market place that the legislature created to help residents & small businesses purchase health insurance.  While the federal healthcare law mandates that state have healthcare benefits exchanges, with the “Supreme Court” debating whether the health care law is constitutional, Gov. Christie said in his veto message that the exchange approved in...

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