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Articles by Joanne Wojcik

Studies Show Incentives Lower Overall Costs and Improve the Quality of Care

August 26, 2008
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In one pay-for-performance program, the incentive payments made to physicians and clinics for treating a company’s employees who have diabetes have led to 50 percent reductions in the cost of their care.
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Incentive Payments Reshape Health Care

August 26, 2008
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Although pay-for-performance initiatives for doctors and hospitals do require an initial investment by program sponsors, they are seen as yielding both savings in health care costs and improvements in patient outcomes.
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Employers Unlocking Health Care Expertise

August 5, 2008
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Increasingly, employers are engaging with local providers, inviting outsiders to take part in their on-site health fairs or investing in health information technology and health improvement research projects.
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Black & Decker Sees Retail Clinic as a Good Tool

July 31, 2008
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The company and employees both win because of lower costs, says the Maryland manufacturer’s VP of benefits.
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Retail Clinics Rise With High-Deductible Health Plans

July 31, 2008
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Once the consumer-driven health plan market started to ignite, so did the retail clinic industry. Today, there are nearly 1,000 such sites operating in the U.S., compared with about 100 in 2006.
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Kicking the Habit in Sin City

July 29, 2008
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MGM Mirage’s smoking-cessation program provides free telephone counseling and printed support materials, free nicotine replacement therapy including patches and gum, and free smoking-cessation drugs.
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AMA Releases Medical Tourism Guidelines

July 1, 2008
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Among other things, the new principles state that medical care outside of the country must be voluntary and that patients should only be referred for care at institutions that have been accredited by recognized international accrediting bodies.
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AMA Releases Medical Tourism Guidelines

June 27, 2008
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Among other things, the new principles state that medical care outside of the country must be voluntary and that patients should only be referred for care at institutions that have been accredited by recognized international accrediting bodies.
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Lines Blurring in Wellness, Disease Management Services

May 1, 2008
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The objective is to keep healthy people healthy, reduce the risk factors among at-risk members and improve the health of those who already have chronic conditions by encouraging them to make lifestyle changes that wellness programs promote.
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How Disease Management Led the Way

May 1, 2008
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Employers began asking their disease management providers to apply the approaches used for chronic conditions to the rest of the workforce. In so doing, they could reach employees who were either at risk for illness or who could simply be healthier.
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