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How Long Will We Accept Preventable Medical Mistakes?

My heart breaks and then I get mad when I read about preventable medical mistakes, aka medical errors, causing so much pain and even loss of life for patients! When you read the full article below, you will see that in California (CA) at least 8 of the 14 hospitals cited have had penalties levied against them before. Why are these multiple-offenders allowed to stay open? Why do health plans continue to contract with these hospitals? Why do doctors continue to refer patients to these... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, August 31, 2012 | 0 comments

Providers Offering Price Guarantees to Insurers to Stabilize Employer Health Costs

From the National Business Coalition on Health: According to  Forbes , one of the Midwest’s largest providers of medical care is bringing a price guarantee to a new concept being pushed by the Obama administration that rewards doctors and hospitals for working together to improve quality and cost. Milwaukee-based Aurora HealthCare has formed an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) that is working with Aetna Inc. and Wellpoint subsidiary Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, August 28, 2012 | 0 comments

Hospitals as Employers Using Wellness Programs Find Benefits Beyond a Healthy Workforce

From the National Business Coalition on Health: Hospitals are emphasizing employee health, in part to give them credibility when they pitch wellness programs to other companies. Hospital executives increasingly agree that employee wellness programs show a hospital can manage population health and can help the facility stand out as an employer in competitive markets. According to Becker's Hospital Review , employee health management is an opportunity for hospitals to put their money where... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, August 28, 2012 | 0 comments

Employers Turn to Biometric Data To Manage Costs

From the National Business Coalition on Health: As employers continue to use wellness programs to improve employee behavior and their health, many are taking advantage of benefits automation tools; however, they also have not reached the potential for cost savings and operational efficiency, according to the 2012 Wellness & Benefits Administration Benchmarking Study by bswift. “Employers are actively modifying and upgrading their wellness programs as they learn from experience,... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, August 23, 2012 | 0 comments

Top 10 Hospital Contracting Priorities

While there is a lot of focus in the press and push from employers for hospitals to develop new, more efficient, higher quality delivery models, hospitals are still focused on the basic "blocking and tackling" of running a hospital and that is shown clearly in the results of a recent survey of 400 hospital executives by Revive Health. The Top 10 contracting priorities are primarily about increasing revenue through negotiating higher rates, decreasing denials, increasing coverage,... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, August 23, 2012 | 0 comments

Leading Health Groups Outline Guidance on Outcomes Based Incentives in Wellness Programs

From the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Tuesday, July 17, 2012 Industry collaboration produces guidance for the use of outcomes-based incentives in employer-sponsored workplace wellness programs  A forward-thinking new initiative by a group of leading health care organizations has produced the industry’s most consensus-driven guidance for the use of outcomes-based incentives in employer-sponsored wellness (or health... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, August 13, 2012 | 0 comments

Morbid Obesity Protected Under ADA

From Employee Benefits News Legal Alert: On July 24, the EEOC announced that it settled a disability discrimination lawsuit filed last year against BAE Systems for discrimination against an employee based on his actual or perceived disability (morbid obesity), by terminating his employment, denying him reasonable accommodation, and for otherwise denying him equal employment opportunities within BAE.................... Read the details to understand the EEOC's decision . The lesson:... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, August 10, 2012 | 0 comments


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