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Health Plans: What is Reference Pricing?

Health Plans: What is Reference Pricing?

Health care caps pit quality vs. cost Source: TribLive Author: The Associated Press The Obama administration has given the go-ahead for insurers and employers to implement a cost-control strategy that puts a hard dollar limit on how much health plans will pay for some expensive procedures, such as knee and hip replacements. Some experts worry […]

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The History of Health Insurance in America – Facts / Timeline

The History of Health Insurance in America – Facts / Timeline

How did America end up with this health care system? Pennsylvania in the late 1800s and early 1900s was an unsafe place to work, with a quarter-million recorded industrial calamities a year. So dangerous were the trades, and so gruesome were the accidents, that the chronicling of injuries suffered by workers became its own muckraking […]

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Health Care Costs – Impacts of Medicare Billing Transparency

Health Care Costs – Impacts of Medicare Billing Transparency

What Big Data Can’t Tell Us About Health Care Jean Malouin, a family doctor in Michigan, woke up one morning earlier this month to an e-mail from a Washington Post reporter, who informed her that a vast release of Medicare payment data from 2012 had identified her as the highest female biller in the country, […]

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Placement / Staffing Agencies – You may now raise your rates.

Placement / Staffing Agencies – You may now raise your rates.

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 39: Common Law Employees and Offers of Coverage on Behalf of Other Entities under the Final Employer Shared Responsibility Regulations Distinguishing employees who are full-time from those who are not takes up a good deal of real estate in final regulations published in the Federal Register on February […]

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Who’s Kidding Who about the ACA and Lost Jobs?

Who’s Kidding Who about the ACA and Lost Jobs?

Who’s Kidding Who about the ACA and Lost Jobs? Written by the owner of Quality News: Jared S. Ray I’m confused by the White House push-back to the February 2014 CBO report[i] which tripled the prior estimate for jobs expected to be lost due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – 2.3 million workers by […]

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Aging Population + ObamaCare = HealthCare Staffing Emergency

Aging Population + ObamaCare = HealthCare Staffing Emergency

Healthcare Staff Shortages? Here’s what hospital and healthcare system managers think is happening Healthcare workforce researchers and analysts have been arguing for the past couple of years over whether a dire physician shortage will materialize as predicted. Similarly, some are expecting a severe nursing shortage, but others insist the shortage may not turn out to […]

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2015 Fed Budget – Summary by Agency

2015 Fed Budget – Summary by Agency

Summary of President Obama’s $3.9 trillion budget for 2015 Here is an agency-by-agency summary of President Barack Obama’s proposed budget for fiscal 2015, beginning next Oct. 1. The top-line figures do not include spending on automatic benefit and subsidy programs that together account for 70 percent of government spending. Figures for many of those programs […]

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Consumer Quality Report Cards for Health Plans

Consumer Quality Report Cards for Health Plans

California Marketplace Among First to Post Customer Health Plan Ratings Californians shopping for insurance policies through the state’s online marketplace can now compare plans based on customer quality ratings as well as cost. Covered California assigned star ratings to the health plans based on member survey responses. The surveys were taken before the insurance marketplace […]

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Care Act – proposed alternative to ObamaCare – would keep Quality Outcome provisions of the ACA

Care Act – proposed alternative to ObamaCare – would keep Quality Outcome provisions of the ACA

In a Footnote, GOP Gives Up Total Obamacare Repeal In a buried footnote, Congressional Republicans this week formally acknowledged they’re no longer trying to repeal all of Obamacare. Though the shift represents a narrowing of focus more than a fading of ferocity, it could have significant policy implications, even though a media and pundit focus […]

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Medical Debt Collection to Increase because of the ACA?

Medical Debt Collection to Increase because of the ACA?

Medical debt will persist despite law’s protections Millions of Americans will get health insurance through the Affordable Care Act that will protect them from potentially ruinous medical expenses, but a new USA TODAY analysis shows the health plans they can choose still leave them vulnerable to thousands in deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs each year. […]

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Hospitals now own 2/3rds of Private Medical Practices.

Hospitals now own 2/3rds of Private Medical Practices.

National Review: Hospitals to Blame for “Obscene Health-Care Costs” A new article in National Review says that “Hospitals are to blame for obscene health-care costs.”According to the article, “If the Congressional Budget Office’s projections are right, health care will account for almost all increases in government spending for the foreseeable future, excluding interest on the […]

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America Median Income, Life Expectancy, Elder Labor force Participation statistics

Everything Is Amazing and Nobody Is Happy Comedian Louis C.K. does a great skit showing how oblivious we can be when complaining about our lives. We get frustrated when our cell phone reception goes out for 30 seconds without realizing how amazing cell phone technology is. “Can you give it a second?” Louis asks. “It’s […]

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The Health Plan Marketplace in Ohio – how did the ACA boil down for Ohio for 2014? (Video)

The Health Plan Marketplace in Ohio – how did the ACA boil down for Ohio for 2014? (Video)

Now that you have had a little time to warm up to this new health insurance marketplace, it’s about time we find out what plans you should give the time of day. With every major health insurance company in Ohio rolling out a completely new lineup of plans to meet the mandates and regulations under […]

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BPA and other Endocrine Disruputors

BPA and other Endocrine Disruputors

Watchdog Warns Of ‘Dirty Dozen’ Hormone Disruptors As Scientists, Industry Argue Regulation Bisphenol A has gotten a much higher profile in recent years, as the “BPA-free” label adorns an increasing number of water bottles and baby products. News headlines regularly hint at possible connections between BPA and a lengthening list of health problems. But the […]

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Current Drug Resistant Infection Threats

Current Drug Resistant Infection Threats

Threat Report 2013 This report, Antibiotic resistance threats in the United States, 2013 gives a first-ever snapshot of the burden and threats posed by the antibiotic-resistant germs having the most impact on human health. Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and […]

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Who's Best Interest Should Be The Focus When Your Picking Your New Insurance Plan

Who’s Best Interest Should Be The Focus When Your Picking Your New Insurance Plan

Insurance counselors not allowed in health departments Counselors trained to help sign people up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act won’t be allowed to conduct outreach at county health departments across the state, according to a recent directive from the Florida Department of Health. Local health departments can accept brochures and other outreach material […]

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If the ACA works, Private Business will be the Reason

If the ACA works, Private Business will be the Reason

Health care providers, insurers pitch state exchanges A coalition of health care providers, insurers, bill collectors and community groups have stepped in to promote exchanges where people can buy health insurance even in the states that have declined to create or promote their exchanges. While the supporters may differ on other issues, they share a […]

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GINA law – Health Insurance Discrimination based on Genetic Info

GINA law – Health Insurance Discrimination based on Genetic Info

H.R. 493 (110th): Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 110th Congress, 2007–2009. Text as of May 02, 2008 (Passed Congress/Enrolled Bill). View PDF H.R.493   One Hundred Tenth Congress  of the  United States of America  AT THE SECOND SESSION Begun and held at the City of Washington on Thursday, the third day of January, two […]

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Survey Shows – ObamaCare Hurts Employment

Survey Shows – ObamaCare Hurts Employment

Obamacare’s jobs diagnosis: What does the data say? The White House message on the Affordable Care Act has been consistent since the law’s inception in 2010: Obamacare will be simple and economical. “The data reflects that there is no support for the proposition that businesses are not hiring full-time employees because of the Affordable Care […]

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ObamaCare Delayed – Employer Shared Responsibility now 2015

ObamaCare Delayed – Employer Shared Responsibility now 2015

Employer Pay or Play Penalties Postponed Until 2015 In an online memo titled “Continuing to Implement the ACA in a Careful, Thoughtful Manner,” Mark Mazur, the Treasury Department’s Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy, announced July 2, 2013 that Treasury would not be enforcing “employer shared responsibility payments” – the pay or play penalty taxes – in 2014 as […]

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Obamacare Skinny Plans

Obamacare Skinny Plans

A Primer on “Low-Cost” Group Health Plans May 10 Wall Street Journal article, “Employers Eye Bare-Bones Health Plans Under New Law” (see the associated video on WSJ Live), highlighted a compliance strategy to minimize employer exposure for assessable payments under the employer shared responsibility provisions of the Affordable Care Act (the “Act”). The strategy calls for an employer […]

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Best & Worst Hospital Ranks for Patient Safety

Best & Worst Hospital Ranks for Patient Safety

How hospitals score on patient safety Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit health care quality organization, issued its Spring 2013 update to its Hospital Safety Score last week. The report issued A to F grades to more than 2,500 general hospitals in the U.S. regarding patient safety (Leapfrog provides a tool you can use to compare […]

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Health Care – Bureaucrat Navigators vs. Free Internet Enrollment

Health Care – Bureaucrat Navigators vs. Free Internet Enrollment

A Cheap Health-Reform Idea the Government is Ignoring It’s a no-brainer. Let the Internet gang help the government enroll the estimated 18 million low-income uninsured for health coverage in the new state health exchanges under the health-reform law, and explain to the uninsured what these exchanges are all about. The Internet enrollment would be free […]

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Attorney Says Doctors aren’t Fairly Paid

Attorney Says Doctors aren’t Fairly Paid

Jury: HMO liable for $24M in Vegas hep C outbreak A Nevada state court jury found the state’s largest health management organization liable Thursday for $24 million in compensatory damages to three plaintiffs in a negligence lawsuit stemming from a Las Vegas hepatitis C outbreak that lawyers called the largest in U.S. history. Plaintiffs Bonnie […]

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Dead River Pigs and Disease

Dead River Pigs and Disease

How a pandemic happens Here’s how it would happen. Children playing along an urban river bank would spot hundreds of grotesque, bloated pig carcasses bobbing downstream. Hundreds of miles away, angry citizens would protest the rising stench from piles of dead ducks and swans, their rotting bodies collecting by the thousands along river banks. And […]

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Employers Push Health

Employers Push Health – 4/4/13

Companies Get Strict on Health of Workers Employers are increasingly trying to lower health care costs by using incentives to persuade workers to make better lifestyle choices, a new survey shows, but what remains less clear is whether a reward is better than a punishment — or whether the programs work at all. The survey, […]

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ObamaCare Reduces Productivity

ObamaCare Reduces Productivity – 3/28/13

ObamaCare = less accountability, reduced care A recent op-ed in The Wall Street Journal warns that ObamaCare will bring an end to doctor-owned, private medical practice. The opinion writer, who is a practicing physician, also reports he found the application for health insurance under ObamaCare to be so complicated that even he couldn’t fill out […]

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Opinion On Aca Remains Divided

Public Opinion on Health Care Reform – 3/21/13

Health Care Reform Survey Shows Public Divided And Unaware About Key Benefits                                         Nearly three years after President Barack Obama enacted landmark health care reforms, the American public remains uninformed and divided about the law, according […]

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IRS Employer Shared Responsibility Payments

IRS Employer Shared Responsibility Payments – 3/21/13

IRS Will Pursue Shared Responsibility Payment Bills Starting in 2015, Official Says Employers who may have a shared responsibility payment under tax code Section 4980H for not offering health care to full-time employees under the Affordable Care Act can expect to hear from the Internal Revenue Service about payments due beginning in 2015, but only […]

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How Republicans and Democrats would stop Sequestration - 3/6/13

How Republicans and Democrats would stop Sequestration – 3/6/13

What Both Sides Have Offered to Avoid the Sequester For weeks, President Obama and Congressional leaders have talked — to the press, not to each other — about their respective ideas for replacing the indiscriminate, across-the-board cuts known as sequestration with more rational savings. At Mr. Obama’s invitation, they finally will meet on Friday, the […]

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Health Care Data Breaches

Health Care Data Breaches – 2/20/13

Will Changes to HIPAA Help Secure Health Data? Last year, large data breaches in hospitals and health organizations led to the release of millions of private records. This is a growing problem, according to two security experts who spoke in an online presentation on Feb. 19. Speakers Mac McMillan, CEO of CynergisTek Inc., and Eran […]

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HIPAA Final Rules Overview

HIPAA Final Rules Overview – 1/30/12

HIPAA And HITECH Privacy And Security Rule Update: Final Omnibus Rule The Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) of the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) published today the much anticipated final omnibus rule implementing the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (“HITECH”) under HIPAA. The final HITECH rule modifies the Privacy […]

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Insurance Carriers Can’t Figure out Obamacare

Insurance Carriers Can’t Figure out Obamacare – 1/6/13

Obamacare tries the patience of American Business Nearly three years after President Barack Obama signed landmark legislation to overhaul the country’s health care laws, comprehending the stipulations and provisions included in its thousands of pages – many still being written – is proving to be a mountainous task for U.S. business owners. The Patient Protection […]

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Obamacare Displaces Patient Safety in Hospital CEO Priorities

Obamacare Displaces Patient Safety in Hospital CEO Priorities – 11/10/12

Where hospital CEOs’ concerns lie What are the top three concerns among hospital CEOs? Most people would feel confident saying patient safety and quality was a top concern; however it wasn’t selected from among the list of categories. According to an American College of Healthcare Executives study, the three topics that hospital CEOs said were […]

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What Protects Us Vs Food Recalls - 10/20/12

What Protects Us Vs Food Recalls – 10/20/12

In wake of food recalls, what’s keeping us safe? This summer, Giant Food stores across the Delmarva Peninsula gave managers a nightmarish puzzle. A massive tomato recall forced the grocer to determine where tomatoes had originated and which stores the tomatoes had been shipped to, said Terry McGowan, director of food safety and quality assurance […]

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An educated consumer is the best hospital patient – 10/14/12

An educated consumer is the best hospital patient Last August, Consumer Reports magazine created quite a stir. That CR issue revealed its assessment of hospital safety across the nation. It included a safety report that ranked patient safety at a sampling of New York State hospitals. CR’s low safety rating of some local and area […]

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Other of Interest 6/15/12

It is obvious that time management is one of those areas that even though you know it is essential, often you will be annoyed by how little you seem to have accomplished on specific days. Once in awhile, you feel overwhelmed and not able to get anything completed due to situations that take away from your tasks. Nonetheless, you can find people that are very productive in spite of all of the obstacles that get thrown at them. The key to their success is they are able to avoid most of the stumbling blocks that the majority of people fall into and as a result they will get more completed in less time. We are going to focus on some of the things that people have to deal with when it comes to time management. I use the majority of these strategies to build my Ambit Energy business.