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Coalition Cautions Employers to Weigh the Risks of Wellness Incentives

December 18, 2012
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The American Heart Association and American Cancer Society are among the groups providing guidance on how organizations can design outcomes-based incentives programs that don't discriminate against employees.
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Cabinet-maker Among Firms Adding Wellness to Health Care Cupboard

December 18, 2012
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For companies considering healthy programs, it's important to create a wellness culture, one executive says. “If you're doing it just to attack claims, don't do it. It won't succeed.”
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Pennsylvania Will Not Set Up Health Insurance Exchange

December 13, 2012
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Pennsylvania is the latest state to declare it will not set up a state health exchange. States have until Dec. 14 to inform federal regulators whether they intend to establish exchanges.
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Workers' Spending on Health Premiums Surges 74 Percent in 8 Years

December 12, 2012
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A worker, on average, spent $3,962 on family premiums in 2011, an increase of 74 percent from 2003. Meanwhile, the average family premium totaled $15,022, an increase of 62 percent from 2003, the report said.
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New Jersey's Christie Rejects State-Run Health Insurance Exchange

December 7, 2012
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, put his state among a growing number that will defer to the federal government to run the health insurance marketplaces that are a key provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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Pharmaceutical Giant Puts Medical-Home Concept to the Test

December 5, 2012
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Working with a nonprofit program, GlaxoSmithKline is giving its North Carolina employees the opportunity to test a medical home's efficiency. The pharmaceutical company will see whether the two-year pilot program could mean cost savings.
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The Medical Home Evolves From Recordkeeping to a Community of Care

December 5, 2012
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A patient-centered medical home practices preventive medicine and helps manage chronic illnesses through a partnership between patients and their primary care physician and other health professionals
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Employee Opinion of Health Care Benefits Value Drops: Mercer

December 5, 2012
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Thirty-six percent of employees polled in Mercer's annual Workplace Survey indicated that their out-of-pocket costs were 'definitely' commensurate with the health benefits they receive through their employer, down from 44 percent in 2011 and 38 percent in 2010.
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HHS Details Fees to Be Paid, Provides Guidance for Transitional Reinsurance Program

November 30, 2012
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Much of the $25 billion in assessments—to be paid annually over a three-year period—will be used to partially reimburse commercial insurers writing policies for individuals with high health care costs.
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