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MBGH & Methodist: Innovation Has Been the Key

Thinking back over the MBGH-Methodist Healthcare relationship, the first word that comes to mind is “innovation”. In many ways, Methodist has been a “Mikey” for MBGH. You remember “Mikey”, that little boy at the breakfast table in commercials that is willing to try anything for breakfast. Some highlights from the list of “Mikey-like” innovations with MBGH include:   The first worker’s compensation PPO network for self-insured... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, May 18, 2015 | 0 comments

Opioid Abuse Costing Employers Billions

According to a recent study released by Healthentic and an article in Employee Benefit News, lost work and productivity due to opioid abuse account for $10 billion. 13% of the opioid users accounted for 92% of the employer costs.  What should you do? Insist on conservative prescribing approaches from your health plans and participating physicians Use HIPAA-compliant tools to identify abusing employees  Increase and ensure confidential access to treatment Click here  to... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, May 15, 2015 | 0 comments

Check Out Latest Memphis Hospital Safety Scores

The latest Hospital Safety Scores for Memphis-area hospitals are out! Results of interest include: The Regional Medical Center improved its score moving to a D. Methodist North and Methodist South moved back to the Bs they have had in previous results.  For the first time, Baptist Collierville had enough volume to receive it's own score, which was a C. The rest of the scores remained the same as in Fall 2014:  Methodist... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, May 14, 2015 | 0 comments

Radical Approach to Hospital Bills: Set Your Own Price

According to Kaiser Health News, May 13, 2105:  "A small benefits consulting firm called ELAP Services is causing commotion by suggesting an alternative: Refuse to pay. When hospitals send invoices with charges that seem to bear no relationship to their costs, the Pennsylvania firm tells its clients (generally medium-sized employers) to just say no." "Instead, employers pay hospitals a much lower amount for their services — based on ELAP’s analysis of what is reasonable after analyzing... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, May 14, 2015 | 0 comments

Hepatitis C Virus Surges in Appalachia, Including Tennessee

The CDC found that hepatitis C cases increased 364% from 2006 to 2012 for residents ages 12-29 in the Appalachian states of Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Tennessee. Rural rates were more than double urban rates. 73% of those that responded to a survey regarding risk factors reported they had used intravenous drugs, primarily heroin and prescription opioids.  Add this to the fact that Memphis ranks second in the country for hepatitis C cases per 100,000 population and it is... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, May 12, 2015 | 0 comments

Clarifications Issued On Key Health Reform Coverage Requirements

Click here to print out a copy of the clarifications issued by HHS and DOL regarding key health reform coverage requirements, including: Coverage of FDA-approved contraceptives BRCA genetic testing Sex-specific recommended preventive services Well-woman preventive care for dependents Colonoscopy anesthesia services You can also click here to go directly to the DOL site. Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, May 12, 2015 | 0 comments


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