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Tricky Diagnosis Do Programs Save Money

May 29, 2004
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Congress is lukewarm about the ability of disease management to curb Medicare costs.
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Let Prescription Drugs Cross the Border

May 26, 2004
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In the opinion of Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson, the new prescription-drug-benefit bill ignores a “commonsense solution to the problem of skyrocketing prescription drug prices.”
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Caesars Betting Onsite Pharmacy Will Yield Savings

May 13, 2004
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The company's prescription drug-related costs totaled $32 million last year. VP Gary Earl says that instead of focusing on cutting benefits, the company is opening up a pharmacy at its hotels in Las Vegas and Atlantic City.
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Alternative Practices Haven't Faced the Test

May 4, 2004
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The argument for integrating such alternative health services as chiropractic and massage therapy into mainstream coverage is that they will reduce escalating costs by providing cheaper services with better results. But it's unclear whether these treatments can truly reduce costs. Large-scale studies have yet to be conducted.
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The Mixed Message of Long-term-care Coverage

April 30, 2004
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Some employees want employers to offer coverage. But others balk at the price tag--and the spectre of mortality.
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Managing Health Costs Four Case Studies

April 26, 2004
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Fall River Group brought down health-care premiums by persuading employees to share in increased co-pays. Highsmith offered financial incentives to employees who participated in wellness programs. Nexen used consumer-driven health care. Union Pacific is addressing smoking.
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Sample Health Plan Comparison

April 19, 2004
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A comparison chart for open enrollment to show changes in the health plan and to help participants to choose between plans.
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More Care, Less Cost

March 1, 2004
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Disease management today encompasses treatment of the whole person, with all the challenges and conditions that might be part of her life. Chronic illnesses receive as much attention as illness-prevention services. And get ready for significant savings---an ROI exceeding 4 to 1, according to one study.
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