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Most Risky Day of Week to Drive to Work? TGIF

October 1, 2012
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A Columbus, Ohio-based insurance company determined its members have the highest average number of claims per day on Fridays—at 4,664. Wednesday came in second with an average of 4,197 claims, followed closely by Thursday, Monday and Tuesday.
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Well, Well: Employers Tie Health Care Financial Incentives to Specific Outcomes

September 29, 2012
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Many companies offer incentives and tie them to plan design, specific health outcomes or apply surcharges when employees don't take part in particular programs.
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Specialty Drugs Appearing as the Next Wave of Health Care Costs

September 28, 2012
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The Midwest Business Group on Health and other organizations aim to educate employers about the cost of biologics, which treat serious illnesses such as cancer. Their cost is expected to rise to 40 percent of employers' total drug costs by 2017.
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Is Choosing a Defined Contribution in Health Care Taking the Radical Route?

September 28, 2012
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The option, which gives employees more autonomy, could revolutionize employer-provided health benefits, proponents say.
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South Dakota Declines to Set Up Health Insurance Exchange

September 27, 2012
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South Dakota joins several other states, including Texas, whose governors said they will not set up the exchanges.
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Group Health Care Spending Up in 2011: Analysis

September 26, 2012
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For those covered by employer plans, spending on health care services increased by 4.6 percent to $4,547 per plan enrollee. By contrast, in 2010, costs rose an average of 3.8 percent, according to the Health Care Cost Institute, an independent Washington-based health research organization.
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Employers Developing Reliance on Direct Primary Care Providers Like Qliance

September 23, 2012
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Health care reform is opening the door to companies like Washington state's Qliance, which offers unlimited access to primary care for a monthly fee.
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It's Not All Coffee and Computers as Health Care Innovation Thrives in Washington State

September 23, 2012
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The medical-homes concept, direct primary care firms and a university that produces some of the nation's best physicians help bolster Washington's position as a health care leader.
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Health Care Premium Increases Ease in 2013 for Federal Employees

September 21, 2012
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The increase for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program is down from this year's 3.8 percent average increase and sharply lower than 2011, when premiums rose by an average of 7.3 percent.
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Obesity-Related Conditions Could Add $66 Billion Annually to Medical Costs by 2030: Study

September 20, 2012
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The state-by-state analysis of obesity-linked disease rates and associated medical spending projects that obese individuals could account for 44 percent of all American adults by 2030 if obesity rates nationwide continue to grow at their current pace.
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