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U.S. Health Care Spending Totaled Nearly $2.6 Trillion in 2010

January 9, 2012
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In 2010, total U.S. health care spending hit $2.593 trillion, or $8,402 per person. While a record, expenditures rose only 3.9 percent in 2010, up slightly from a 3.8 percent increase in 2009, according to statistics compiled by researchers at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
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Law Barring Legal Immigrants from Massachusetts Health Care Program Unconstitutional

January 6, 2012
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The U.S. Census Bureau reported in September that at 5 percent—averaged over 2009 and 2010—Massachusetts had the lowest uninsured rate of any U.S. state.
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Study Notes Medical Malpractice Insurance Market to Evolve with Health Care Changes

January 4, 2012
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Changes in health care delivery will drive changes in the marketplace, including an ongoing shift from physicians practicing alone or in small groups toward practicing in multispecialty and multistate physician networks, or physicians working in practices purchased and operated by hospitals and integrated regional health care organizations, according to the Moody's analysis.
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IRS Issues Guidance on Reporting Health Cover Costs on Employees' W-2s

January 4, 2012
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The latest information makes clear that employers can—but are not required to—report contributions to health reimbursement arrangements in calculating health care costs.
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How Does Wellness Affect the Bottom Line?

January 4, 2012
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We are planning a program next year to focus on health and wellness as a key strategic element of our economic growth. Is there any conclusive evidence to support the idea that wellness produces a direct financial gain? —Health-Conscious, clinical director, health care, Cleveland
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Empire Blue Cross Changes Course on Health Plans

December 23, 2011
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The decision is being greeted with relief by brokers and small businesses. An estimated 20,000 companies, covering as many as 250,000 workers and their family members, use the plans being discontinued by Empire.
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Women Less Likely to Receive Employer Health Coverage as Employees: Analysis

December 19, 2011
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Last year, 35 percent of women age 18 through 64 had coverage through their employer, down from 38 percent in 2008, the Kaiser Family Foundation analysis released Dec. 19 found.
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HHS: Health Care Reform Law Adds Coverage for 2.5M Young Adults

December 14, 2011
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An earlier National Center for Health Statistics study found that about 1 million young adults gained coverage in the first quarter this year.
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Supreme Court Sets Briefing Schedule for Health Care Reform Law Litigation

December 9, 2011
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Among other things, the high court will hear whether the law's individual mandate is constitutional. That mandate, effective in January 2014, requires individuals to enroll in a qualified health care plan or pay a financial penalty.
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Firms Seek Medical Second Opinions

December 6, 2011
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Reviews seen as tool to reduce costs of complex cases.
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