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Consumerism Coming to Companies' Health Care Plans

March 13, 2012
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Large employers at the annual National Business Group on Health conference held last week grappled with uncertainty around health care, but one thing was clear: Employees will be asked to do more to keep costs down by staying healthy and becoming savvier consumers.
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Obesity Problems Weigh on Workers' Comp

March 8, 2012
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Not only are obese workers comp claimants likely to miss more work days than healthy-weight co-workers with similar injuries, obese workers are likely to have higher medical costs and are more likely to become permanently disabled, research has shown.
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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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