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Survey: Health Care Reform Law Driving Employers' Group Health Costs Up

March 8, 2012
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The survey indicated that only 27 percent of responding employers have determined what it has cost their company to comply with the health care reform law in the two years since its implementation.
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The Last Word: Drilling Down

March 7, 2012
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Insurance companies are finally fighting back against exorbitant, seemingly unnecessary billings when a procedure could be done for a lot less.
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Northeastern Companies Reap Benefits of Healthy Habits

March 6, 2012
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Six winners of the New England Employee Benefits Council's Best Practice awards for 2011 include Ocean Spray's Moms at Work program and Staples' use of computer games to entice the office supply company's younger workers to save for retirement.
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Despite Potential Prohibition, Matter of ‘Mini-Med' Insurance Plans Persists Via Waivers

March 6, 2012
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The plans are attractive because they typically have low premiums—sometimes just $10 per month. But coverage limits can be as low as $1,000 annually, and some plans pay for just four doctor's visits per year.
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Massachusetts' Medical Menu

March 2, 2012
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The Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance & Policy published cost figures of procedues last year, part of a blitzkrieg of data that officials have released as they strive to better understand what's driving the state's high health costs.
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Mass Overhaul

March 2, 2012
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With national health care reform looming, Workforce Management examines Massachusetts' reforms, which went into effect in 2006. Five-plus years later, we found that almost all Bay Staters now have health insurance, but overloaded physicians aren't necessarily taking on new patients and some employees are realizing that their favorite providers might be too pricey.
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Bye, Bye 'Dr. Beloved'?

March 2, 2012
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More consumers in limited networks seem to be comfortable leaving a favorite doctor or hospital.
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Study: Younger Workers Worried About Retirement

February 28, 2012
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While older workers tend to be more concerned about retirement than their younger colleagues, the survey found that the most dramatic shift in attitudes toward retirement security has been among the under-40 set.
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Consultant Imagines Health Plan That May Cut Corporate Costs

February 22, 2012
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Each participating company would pitch in to implement and maintain the network, with the cost likely to be based on a subscription model, including the number of participating employees and retirees and how much their medical care costs.
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Staffing a Chief Worry for Health Care IT

February 22, 2012
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A Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society survey found that almost 90 percent of respondents plan to complete their conversion to the new federally mandated ICD-10 medical codes used to report medical diagnoses and inpatient procedures by the Oct. 31, 2013, deadline.
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