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Workers Indicted for Defrauding Employer-Sponsored Wellness Program

December 20, 2012
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The employees are accused of falsely reporting that they participated in healthy activities in order to earn rewards through a wellness program included in their employee health insurance plans.
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Minnesota, Rhode Island Get OK to Launch Health Insurance Exchanges

December 20, 2012
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has given tentative approval to applications filed by Minnesota and Rhode Island to launch health insurance exchanges in 2014.
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Domino's Pizza Founder Wants Exemption From Contraceptive Mandate

December 18, 2012
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services law requires most employers to provide cost-free coverage for birth control prescriptions, sterilization, preventative screenings and other forms of women's preventative care.
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Coalition Cautions Employers to Weigh the Risks of Wellness Incentives

December 18, 2012
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The American Heart Association and American Cancer Society are among the groups providing guidance on how organizations can design outcomes-based incentives programs that don't discriminate against employees.
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Cabinet-maker Among Firms Adding Wellness to Health Care Cupboard

December 18, 2012
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For companies considering healthy programs, it's important to create a wellness culture, one executive says. “If you're doing it just to attack claims, don't do it. It won't succeed.”
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HHS Approves Health Insurance Exchanges for Two More States, D.C.

December 14, 2012
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Kentucky and New York join the District of Columbia in receiving the latest approvals. In all, exchange applications filed by eight states, plus the District of Columbia, have received tentative regulatory approval.
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New Jersey's Christie Rejects State-Run Health Insurance Exchange

December 7, 2012
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, put his state among a growing number that will defer to the federal government to run the health insurance marketplaces that are a key provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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Pharmaceutical Giant Puts Medical-Home Concept to the Test

December 5, 2012
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Working with a nonprofit program, GlaxoSmithKline is giving its North Carolina employees the opportunity to test a medical home's efficiency. The pharmaceutical company will see whether the two-year pilot program could mean cost savings.
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The Medical Home Evolves From Recordkeeping to a Community of Care

December 5, 2012
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A patient-centered medical home practices preventive medicine and helps manage chronic illnesses through a partnership between patients and their primary care physician and other health professionals
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