Changing the Payment Model

 

How Fortune 500 companies plan to cut healthcare costs: Act like Medicare

 

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Millions Priced Out of HealthCare Overhaul

 

Wasn’t Obamacare supposed to save people money on their healthcare?

Little Hope Seen for Millions Priced Out of Health Overhaul

 

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Buffalo Grove, IL  60089

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PPACA Third Anniversary

Here’s a few important dates to watch for PPACA exchange related developments…

Http://ebn.benefitnews.com/news/3-year-anniversary-important-milestones-for-ppaca-2731936-1.html?ET=ebnbenefitnews:e6563:2505791a:&st=email&utm_source=editorial&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EBN_inBrief_032713

 

Is a Bariatric Surgery Benefit Worth It?

 

Bariatric surgery does not reduce overall long-term health costs for obese individuals, a 6-year analysis of private health insurance data has found.

The study, published online February 20 in JAMA Surgery, also found no evidence that any one type of bariatric surgery is more likely than another to reduce costs.

Read more:

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/779675

Minimally Invasive = Productivity

 

New Study Finds Minimally Invasive Procedures Lower Healthcare Spending and Restore Worker Productivity

 

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More Pushback Against Obamacare

 

Thomas More Law Center Files Its Fourth Court Challenge To The HHS Mandate

 

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116% Obamacare Rate Increases or More…

The Wall Street Journal is reporting on insurance carrier rate increase projections coming for 2014.  Potentially, someone with individual insurance could see their policy rise in excess of 116% because of Obamacare according to United Healthcare.  Read the article here:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324557804578374761054496682.html

 

How would your Wellness Program fare in the press?

Poor CVS/Caremark made the news with a negative slant towards their wellness program.  All they want to do is encourage their employees to be healthy, right?  This article questions the “voluntary” aspect of the wellness program due to their $50/month incentive.  Discrimination through wellness programs is permitted as long as the program is a voluntary one, among other requirements under HIPAA.  However, “voluntary” is not specifically defined in regulatory guidance and so it remains to be seen if the government steps in and dictates at what level an “incentive” crosses the line between voluntary and coercion.  This guidance would likely be the domain of the ADA & the EEOC.

Read the article here:

http://bostonherald.com/business/healthcare/2013/03/cvs_presses_workers_for_medical_information