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Memphis Restaurants Receive Eat REAL Tennessee Recognition

Through a partnership between the Tennessee Department of Health and the United States Healthful Food Council (USHFC), Eat REALâ„¢ Tennessee has announced the first REAL Certified establishments in Memphis. Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership (REAL) is a growing national program that helps combat diet-related disease by recognizing foodservice operators committed to holistic nutrition and environmental stewardship.  MBGH encourages all employers to share this list of... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, June 22, 2015 | 0 comments

Telemedicine Expansion Gets Boost from Walgreens, United, Anthem

According to Modern Healthcare, Walgreens plans to reach about half the country with computer based telemedicine programs (also adapted for tablet, smart phones) by December 31, 2015. This announcement falls on the heals of plans announced by Anthem and United to expand their telemedicine services to more than 40 million by next year. The American Telemedicine Association estimates that 450,000 Americans had telemedicine visits last year for primary care and although that number is only a... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, June 19, 2015 | 0 comments

Health Care Cost Increases Picking Up Speed

Drew Altman, in his June 11, 2015 WSJ blog post, believes the "lowest of the lows of the health cost slowdown are now in the rear view mirror" and as the economy has recovered, people are using more health care services. In addition, more people covered through health reform are likely impacting the increase as well. Read the blog post here . Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, June 19, 2015 | 0 comments

Out-of-Network Charges Can Break the Bank

A recent report from America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) shows that across the US, some physicians are charging patients fees that are 10 times, and in some cases as much as 100 times, the amount Medicare pays when patients go outside their health plan's network. In Tennessee, for the selected procedures, out-of-network charges range from 7 times what Medicare pays to 33 times what Medicare pays. Hospitals have adopted a similar strategy. A study reported in the June edition of ... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, June 19, 2015 | 0 comments

CVS Almost Doubles in Memphis Through Purchase of Target Pharmacies

CVS's purchase of Target pharmacies will almost double the number of CVS locations in the Memphis-metro area, making CVS a more attractive network model for Memphis-area employers and their employees.            Read more about the acquisition in the  NY Times Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, June 19, 2015 | 0 comments

Potential Insurance Company Mergers Could Limit Employer Choices

Source: Morning Consult 6/21/15 Update: Cigna Rejects Anthem's $47 billion offer. Read why and more about other possible mergers in the latest NY Times article. Are these possible mergers good or bad? Well, the answer is "depends". They would certainly limit employer choices as well as people purchasing individual insurance or insurance through the exchanges. On the other hand, larger insurance companies may be able to negotiate more favorable financial arrangements with the health... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, June 19, 2015 | 0 comments


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