Nonprofit Hospitals Becoming Health Insurers

Nonprofit hospital systems are expected to become more prevalent in the commercial health insurance industry in the next several years, according to Moody’s Investors Service Inc. Continue reading

What Is the Natural Allopathic Protocol Useful For?

The answer to that question is just about everything! Composed of innovative and sophisticated therapies, each component is evidence-based integrative medicine, sourced from some of the finest physicians from around the world. What is so different about Natural Allopathic Medicine? Continue reading

Repealing Health Reform Law Individual Mandate Could Save Govt. Billions: CBO

Repealing a provision in the health care reform law that imposes financial penalties on individuals who don’t enroll in a health insurance plan would save the federal government tens of billions of dollars each year, according to a new congressional analysis. Continue reading

Group Health Premiums Inch Up while Deductibles Jump

Group health insurance premiums continue to rise modestly, according to a survey released Tuesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust. Continue reading

Tech Companies Create Monitoring Tools To Keep Seniors at Home

Startup companies and other more well-known technology firms are developing tools that help seniors living at home stay connected to family and health care providers, Reuters reports. Continue reading

Drug Goes From $13.50 a Tablet to $750: Overnight

Specialists in infectious disease are protesting a gigantic overnight increase in the price of a 62-year-old drug that is the standard of care for treating a life-threatening parasitic infection. Continue reading

New Medical Billing Codes Will Aid Workers Compensation Payers

“The amount of detail it will provide the workers comp community will be amazing compared to what we’ve been using before,” Continue reading

Why Are Doctors Skipping Chronic Care Reimbursement?

When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services unveiled CPT code 99490 this past year, it was hailed as a first step in reimbursing providers for the use of telemedicine in chronic care management. Continue reading

Vermont Is 50th State To Legalize E-Rx of Controlled Substances

On Friday, Vermont became the last state to legalize electronic prescribing of controlled substances, MedCity News reports (Versel, MedCity News, 8/28). Continue reading

Hospital System’s Insurance Company Posts Massive Growth

Revenue within the health insurance division of North Shore-LIJ Health System tripled in the past year, and the Great Neck, N.Y.-based organization has no intentions of slowing down investment in its payer operations. Continue reading

States Taking the Lead in Laws to Curb Drug Costs

Several states are tackling high prescription drug prices, an issue that’s important to the public but has not yet been aggressively addressed by Congress. Continue reading

VA’s Disability Claims Backlog Down by 84% Since March 2013

On Monday, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it has reduced the number of backlogged disability claims by 84% since March 2013, AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports (Daly, AP/San Francisco Chronicle, 8/24).

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Health Care Premiums Rise, More Increases Coming

Group health care premiums continue to outpace inflation, and while most employers are feeling the pressure of rising health care costs, benefits experts say smaller employers may face a heavier burden. Continue reading

Employers who Negotiate with Hospitals Get Ahead

Few employers negotiate with hospitals and other health care providers to obtain discounts on cost of medical services, but those that do usually cut their costs and improve the quality of the care their employees receive. Continue reading