The Affordable Care Act, passed in 2010 and being rolled out in stages, is designed to ease health care cost pressures. Still, skeptics abound, and a pending ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court over a key provision of the law—whether the government can require Americans to buy insurance—only adds to the confusion for small-business owners shopping for coverage.Read More
Under the program, registered nurses employed by 71 Weill Cornell primary care physicians will serve as clinical care coordinators, using patient-specific data provided by CIGNA to identify and reach out to patients discharged from the hospital who might be at risk for readmission, patients who may be overdue for important health screenings or those who may have skipped a prescription refill.Read More
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.Read More
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.
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.
The latest information makes clear that employers can—but are not required to—report contributions to health reimbursement arrangements in calculating health care costs.Read More
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
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.Read More
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.Read More