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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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States Get $229 Million for Health Insurance Exchanges

February 22, 2012
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The total number of states receiving grants to establish state health insurance exchanges rose to 34 with the issuance of $229 million in federal funds to 10 states Feb. 22.
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Biggest Expense for Americans Over 50? Not Health Care

February 15, 2012
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Out-of-pocket costs on drugs and medical insurance are the second most costly item for older folks.
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Survey: CFOs View Employee Health as Affecting the Bottom Line

February 15, 2012
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The survey, conducted by the not-for-profit Integrated Benefits Institute in San Francisco, indicates that the C-suite is increasingly involved in decisions regarding health benefits and the overall wellness of workers.
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Automatic Enrollment in Larger Employer Health Plans Delayed to 2014

February 15, 2012
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In recent guidance by the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and the Internal Revenue Service, the agencies said the requirement will not go into effect until regulations are issued.
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Rapidly Growing Older Workforce Demands Employer Attention to Injuries

February 14, 2012
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The number of older U.S. workers will continue growing, perhaps at a greater pace than observers expected several years ago, because of the Great Recession's negative effect on worker savings, employers' desire to retain skilled workers, and rising health care costs that are keeping more older employees in the workforce
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