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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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Oklahoma Bills Would Allow Employers to Opt Out of State Workers' Comp System

February 28, 2012
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If approved, Oklahoma would become the second state to adopt an alternative workers comp system. Texas has operated a similar opt-out system since 1913.
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Back Injuries Account for 26 Percent of Workers' Comp Payments in California

February 22, 2012
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Back injuries reportedly comprised 26.3 percent of workers' comp payments in California between 2001 and 2011—the highest percentage of any injury type.
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EEOC Approves Strategic Plan Through 2016

February 22, 2012
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The agency 'is taking a significant step toward realizing the commission's vision of ending employment discrimination and promoting equal opportunity' in the workplace, EEOC Chair Jacqueline A. Berrien said in the statement.
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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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Lactation Discrimination Is not Sex Discrimination: Judge

February 10, 2012
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The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 amends Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to say discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions constitutes unlawful sex discrimination under Title VII, according to the EEOC.
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Aetna Accuses New York Doctors of Overcharging Patients

February 7, 2012
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The insurance company's lawsuit takes aim at the practice called 'balance billing,' which wallops some customers with fees big enough to buy a house.
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NFL Concussion Lawsuits May Turn on Workers' Comp Rules

February 2, 2012
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The pro football league is named as a defendant in 21 suits that allege the league negligently misled at least several hundred players about the dangers of concussions and other head injuries.
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