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21 Feb

Insurers say Medicare Advantage cuts are too risky.

America’s Health Insurance Plans is pushing back against proposed cuts to Medicare Advantage payments, saying it will put those patients at risk.

http://www.benefitspro.com/author/kathryn-mayer The Obama administration proposed the 2 percent cut late last week. AHIP said Thursday payment changes will especially hurt low-income and minority seniors. The organization also slammed the timing, saying an additional cut to Medicare Advantage payments next year is especially harmful when the program is already facing "significant payment cuts and a new health insurance tax included in the health care...

13 Feb

Health Reform Weekly

A weekly compilation from Aetna of health care-related developments in Washington, D.C. and state legislatures across the country

Week of February 11, 2013 The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its annual report on the “Budget and Economic Outlook” last week providing updated projections that factor in the impact of legislation and other developments since the last outlook was published in August 2012. Concerning the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the report projects that roughly 26 million people will be enrolled...

10 Feb

About Heart Disease & Stroke

Risk Factors - We are all at risk for heart disease and stroke. However, certain groups—including African Americans, older individuals, and women—are at higher risk than others. With more than 2 million heart attacks and strokes happening every year i

Heart Disease and Age Many people mistakenly think of heart disease and stroke as conditions that only affect older adults. However, a large number of younger people suffer heart attacks and strokes. More than 150,000 heart disease and stroke deaths every year are among people younger than 65. Heart Disease and Race Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United...

9 Feb

Voluntary benefits expected to gain popularity

As the market is preparing for the health care exchange system in 2014, voluntary benefits are expected to play a larger role

http://www.benefitspro.com/author/amanda-mcgrory-dixon As the market is preparing for the health care exchange system in 2014, voluntary benefits are expected to play a larger role, says Andrea Meyer, benefit manager of WorkSmart Systems Inc., a professional employer organization in Indianapolis. Even under health care reform, medical insurance is projected to continue with its high deductibles, and voluntary benefits complement these plans. Among the most...

9 Feb

Docs concerned about Sunshine Act rules

More than half of doctors are unaware of the so-called “Sunshine Act,” a provision of health reform that’s intended to expose financial relationships between drug and device manufacturers and certain health care providers, tech firm MMIS Inc. report

http://www.benefitspro.com/author/kathryn-mayer More than half of doctors are unaware of the so-called “Sunshine Act,” a provision of health reform that’s intended to expose financial relationships between drug and device manufacturers and certain health care providers, tech firm MMIS Inc. reported Monday. Even more say they are “deeply concerned” that the law will create a publicly accessible database of physician payment information. The Centers...

8 Feb

FDA Hears Concerns On New Narcotic Pain Pill Rules

Survivors of those who died from opioid overdoses urge changes in the drugs\' labels, but some patients express concerns that they might have trouble getting the drugs.

Survivors of those who died from opioid overdoses urge changes in the drugs' labels, but some patients express concerns that they might have trouble getting the drugs. The Wall Street Journal: FDA Convenes Hearing On Pain-Pill Labels Relatives of overdose victims pleaded with federal drug regulators Thursday to change the label on a widely used class of narcotic painkillers in a...

5 Feb

Fewer part-time workers elect health care coverage

Fewer workers elect health care coverage

http://www.benefitspro.com/author/amanda-mcgrory-dixon Among eligible part-time workers, fewer elect health care benefits at large companies in comparison to full-time employees, according to the 2012 Study of Large Employer Health Benefits by ADP. While 88 percent of full-time respondents are eligible for benefits, 77 percent enroll for health coverage. Thus, 67 percent of the total full-time work force is covered. Part-time respondents make up 23 percent...

5 Feb

HIPAA gets tougher on physicians

New privacy regulations mean practices face more legal scrutiny and higher fines in case of an information breach.

By Jennifer Lubell, amednews staff Revised privacy notices will need to be displayed in prominent areas of doctors’ offices and on practices’ websites. Patients will be able to ask for copies of their electronic health records or restrict the information given to health plans if they self-pay for services. And perhaps most important, practices might be subject to serious fines if...

31 Jan

AMA announces $10 million initiative to attract future docs

By Kathryn Mayer The American Medical Association is looking for a big idea on how to change the way future physicians are trained—a $10 million idea, to be exact. The AMA—the nation’s largest doctor group—last week announced a $10 million competitive grant initiative to “attract bold, innovative projects to transform the way medical schools train future physicians.” They said they will provide...

31 Jan

Only 40 percent of small businesses offer employee benefits

Less than half of small businesses in the United States offer benefits to their employees, the lowest level in two decades, according to new LIMRA research.

By Paula Aven Gladych Services13 Less than half of small businesses in the United States offer benefits to their employees, the lowest level in two decades, according to new LIMRA research. Small businesses are classified as those with between two and 99 employees. LIMRA’s study found that 78 percent of small businesses in the U.S. are family-owned, which experienced a sharper decline in benefit...

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