Has Dental Insurance Come Full Circle?

February 10, 2014

Dental professionals have often felt like the Rodney Dangerfield of health care. I don’t get no respect. Even health reform’s Affordable Care Act declared only kids’ dental health (pediatric oral care) as essential health benefits. A recent post at Boston’s National Public Radio (NPR) news station site wondered why we separate dental and medical care. […]

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Vision Benefits Study Helps Employers See Billions in Savings

February 3, 2014

Who knew a simple eye exam could save billions? $5.8 billion is the potential savings to employers’ healthcare costs, according to a study conducted by a human capital risk management firm, HCMS Group. That buys a lot of eye drops. About the Study The study drew from 120,000 enrolled members from six large commercial clients […]

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Healthcare Antitrust Lawsuit in Boise Backyard

January 27, 2014

Idaho often experiences an identity crisis. Not from the residents of Idaho, but the rest of the country. Many are convinced Idaho is really Iowa. I’m not sure the Chamber of Commerce would choose a precedent-setting antitrust lawsuit as the vehicle to put Idaho (and its capital Boise) on the map, but that may be […]

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A Bottom-Line Glimpse of Health Insurance Pricing

January 21, 2014

Forget about young adults signing up for health insurance. The bottom line for insurers is profit. I don’t mean that as a criticism. After all, what business doesn’t seek profit? Two industry insiders put health reform’s Affordable Care Act enrollment in perspective. As reported by the Washington Post, Aetna’s chief executive officer (CEO) and Wellpoint’s chief […]

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Paper Docs for Medical Docs Still Cut It

January 14, 2014

Try as they might, paper abolishers struggle to convert doctors to electronic health records (EHRs). The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) threw in a financial incentive for eligible healthcare professionals and hospitals that jump on the EHR technology train. Participation is voluntary – for now. Healthcare professionals and hospitals that do not join the […]

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Food Companies Take a Big Bite Out of Calories

January 9, 2014

Just in time for your lose weight resolution, 16 leading food and beverage companies cut calories. A whopping 6.4 TRILLION calories. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), an independent evaluation acted as the calorie counter. New Year Resolutions Apparently, the companies made their own New Year resolutions. The heavy-hitters banded together to participate […]

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3 Healthy, Diet-Free Resolutions for New Year

December 31, 2013

Diet is a four-lettered word associated with the start of a new year. Our gastronomical holiday slide has many of us resolving to shed those added pounds. If you are like most people, dieting falls off track with the packing of holiday lights. Try something new Do not add diet to your list of resolutions […]

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Two Key Factors in Choosing a Health Exchange Plan

December 17, 2013

There may be a glimmer of hope at Healthcare.gov. Some individuals have gotten past the application process Others have selected their new plan And some are confused by the sheer volume of choices A recent Twitter chat with writer friends reminded me how overwhelming health insurance can be. I have an unfair advantage because I […]

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Will Loss Of Your Doctor Be Next Health Reform Crisis?

December 10, 2013

Could the implementation of health reform’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) get any worse? Major system crashes Inaccurate enrollment data Health plan terminations There may be another problem lurking in ACA’s future – The unexpected loss of your doctor as a network provider. Narrowed Choices To be fair, this problem is not necessarily rooted in ACA provisions. […]

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When Winter Chill Zaps Your Exercise Routine

December 2, 2013

Do you live in an area that has winter? That may sound like a silly question, but I spent over 20 years on southern California beaches. Our idea of winter was temperatures in the 40s. As a walker, winter at the beach was a favorite of mine. No summer crowds The ocean churns more waves […]

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