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CIGNA, New York Physician Group Launch Accountable Care Initiative

January 11, 2012
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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.
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U.S. Health Care Spending Totaled Nearly $2.6 Trillion in 2010

January 9, 2012
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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.
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Law Barring Legal Immigrants from Massachusetts Health Care Program Unconstitutional

January 6, 2012
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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.
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Study Notes Medical Malpractice Insurance Market to Evolve with Health Care Changes

January 4, 2012
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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.
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IRS Issues Guidance on Reporting Health Cover Costs on Employees' W-2s

January 4, 2012
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The latest information makes clear that employers can—but are not required to—report contributions to health reimbursement arrangements in calculating health care costs.
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Empire Blue Cross Changes Course on Health Plans

December 23, 2011
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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.
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Women Less Likely to Receive Employer Health Coverage as Employees: Analysis

December 19, 2011
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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.
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Supreme Court Sets Oral Arguments on Health Care Reform Law

December 19, 2011
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On March 26, the justices will hear arguments on whether a challenge to the law's individual mandate that requires individuals to enroll in a qualified plan or pay a financial penalty can be imposed before the provision's January 2014 effective date.
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Employment-Based Coverage Fell Sharply During Great Recession: Analysis

December 16, 2011
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The drop in employment-based coverage is directly linked to the slump in the economy, according to the analysis, which is based on U.S. Census Bureau data.
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The Hot List: 2011 Dental and Vision Providers

December 14, 2011
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