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Injured Younger Workers More Likely to Visit ER

November 15, 2007
Younger employees injured on the job are more likely to visit an emergency room than are their older counterparts. Hospital ERs often provide the first stop for employees injured at work, but those ages 20 to 34 are 17 percent more likely to visit an emergency room than are employees over 45.
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Blues to Stop Paying for ‘Never Events’

November 14, 2007
Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans will no longer pay for serious errors and hospital-acquired conditions called 'never events,' a senior executive said at the annual National Business Coalition on Health conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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Business Group Seeks an End to Employer-Based Health Coverage

November 13, 2007
A business group whose list of corporate donors includes Coca-Cola, IBM and MetLife is calling for an end to employment-based health care, saying that overhauling the U.S. health insurance system is necessary because employers are unable to cooperate to reduce costs.
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Cigna Could Set Trend with Doctor Ranking Deal

November 5, 2007
Cigna Healthcare's agreement with the New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's office to revamp its doctor ranking program may become the standard for similar programs at other health insurers. Ratings will emphasize quality considerations in addition to pricing.
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UAW-GM Deal Based On Unrealistic Cost Forecasts

October 26, 2007
The recently ratified contract between General Motors and the United Auto Workers, details of which were disclosed to the Securities and Exchange Commission, underscores the precariousness of future retiree health care benefits.
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