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Employers Recognize Potential Impact of Employee Health Management on Future Plan Costs

Financial Incentives Rank High In Developing Better Health Care Consumers Indianapolis, Indiana (PRWEB) August 2, 2009 -- United Benefit Advisors, LLC (UBA), one of the nation's leading employee benefits advisory organizations reveals survey data sighting cost sharing t...

10 Steps to Affordable Health Care Overhaul: NCPA Proposes Reforms to Protect Choices, Control Costs and Preserve Access

DALLAS, July 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To confront and resolve America's health care crisis, the most effective solution for Americans' well-being and budgets is to arm patients with more information and options, not increase spending, regulations and bureaucracy, according to the Na...

Almost 10 Percent of U.S. Medical Costs Tied to Obesity

Only return to healthy behaviors will bring expenditures down, experts say ,, MONDAY, July 27 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity in the United States now carries the hefty price tag of $147 billion per year in direct medical costs, just over 9 percent of all medical spending, experts report. ...

As the Government Continues to Work Toward Health Care Reform, Medtipster is Providing a Free Solution to Rising Health Care Costs for Americans Right Now

TROY, Mich., July 23 /PRNewswire/ -- While legislators debate over how to reform America's failing health care system, many of the country's citizens are struggling to afford the cost of care. According to a recent Consumer Reports study, 28% of Americans have taken dangerous measures th...

Study finds rapid growth in health costs hurts economic performance of US industries

A first-of-its-kind RAND Corporation study has linked the rapid growth in health care costs in the United States with job losses and lower output among industries that commonly provide workers with health insurance. Researchers examined the economic performance of 38 industries from 1987 throu...

Poll of Business Executives Shows Most Companies Not Aware of True Costs of Healthcare

MARIETTA, Ga., July 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Contrary to a conventional perspective among business executives that the top healthcare cost drivers for employers are pharmacy and medical expenses, research presented during a recent online webinar, hosted by Source Media, showed that los...

Annual costs of stroke in US children at least $42 million

Stroke in children costs at least $42 million annually in the United States, researchers report in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association . In the first cost analysis of pediatric stroke in the United States, researchers reviewed data from U.S. children age 0 to 20 who used hospital...

High Rx Costs Hammering Illinois' 50+ Population

CHICAGO, July 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Skyrocketing prescription drug prices are stinging Illinoisans over the age 50 -- forcing nearly 20 percent to cut back on the basics, like food and utilities, in order to afford needed medications. According to a recent AARP survey, as brand name drug...

Pre-Diabetes Costs Nation $25 Billion Annually in Extra Medical Care, New Data Show

57 Million Americans With Elevated Blood Sugar Incur $443 Each In Extra Medical Care; Gestational Diabetes Costs $3,305 Per Woman, $209 Per Infant In First Year With Future Health at Risk; Aggressive Intervention Needed to Stem Diabetes Epidemic WASHINGTON, June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- O...

Easter Seals Applauds Agreement to Cut Costs of Prescription Medications

WASHINGTON, June 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Easter Seals supports the agreement reached this week between President Barack Obama and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) that is designed to reduce, by 50 percent, the cost to Medicare beneficiaries of brand name medic...

National Medical Association Applauds President Obama's and Senator Baucus's Efforts to Work With PhRMA to Bring Down Health Care Costs and Advance Meaningful Reforms

WASHINGTON, June 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Medical Association (NMA) congratulates President Obama and the Senate Finance Chair, Max Baucus (D-MT) on their work with PhRMA to bring down health care costs and increase access to medicines. "While the adoption of Medicar...

New Online Company Is Helping to Bring a Solution to the Increasingly Devastating Problem of Healthcare Costs in America, at No Cost to Consumers

TROY, Mich., June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a recent Consumer Reports study, 28% of Americans have skipped doses, cut pills in half, failed to fill a prescription or shared a prescription in order to cut costs. As more and more Americans are struggling to cope with the rising cost of hea...

BCBSNC Sees Improved Health Quality, Lower Costs Through Financial Rewards to Physicians

• $4.2 million in rewards paid to doctors during Bridges to Excellence quality program • Study finds lower health care spending per patient among recognized physicians • Patients incur fewer costly imaging tests, ER visits Chapel Hill, NC (Vocus) June 23,...

Lumension Audiocast With Aberdeen Group Highlights How to Reduce IT Costs By Effectively Managing and Securing Endpoints

Audiocast Outlines How "Best-in-Class" Enterprises Are Making Endpoint Security Management Technology Investments Work Harder for Them to Achieve Better ROI Scottsdale, Ariz. (PRWEB) June 23, 2009 -- In today's fast paced IT environment, financially motivated ...

Long-term care costs exceed yearly income for many Calif. seniors living alone

In Los Angeles County, being disabled can cost a year's income. That's because the annual cost of in-home care services for seniors living alone is now $319 more than this group's median income of $17,029. Combine long-term care expenses with other basic expenses, such as food and rent, and ...

New Study Finds 1 in 4 Multiple Sclerosis Patients With High Out-of-Pocket Costs Not Filling Prescriptions

Avoiding medications may adversely affect patient care and increase health care costs ST. PAUL, Minn., June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- One in four multiple sclerosis (MS) patients are declining to fill their prescriptions likely due to high out-of-pocket costs, according to new research conducted by ...

Employee Health and Reducing Health Care Costs Focus of Working Wellness Expo June 17

Independence Blue Cross and Philadelphia Business Journal to sponsor and present health expo PHILADELPHIA , June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Americans spend more than half of their waking hours at work. With health care costs continuing to climb, many employers are looking for ways to help ste...

Virginia Hospital Center Seeks to Reduce Operating Costs and Improve Supply Chain with Broadlane

Broadlane to provide variety of supply chain and procurement services to hospital Dallas (Vocus) June 16, 2009 -- Broadlane announced today that Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Virginia has selected Broadlane as the exclusive provider of supply chain manageme...

Spencer's Benefits Reports COBRA Survey Finds Recession Takes Hold: More Were Eligible, Fewer Signed Up, Costs Stay High

RIVERWOODS, Ill., June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- As more and more employees become eligible for COBRA continuing health coverage due to layoffs, a smaller and smaller percentage of them are actually signing up for it due to its high cost, according to the findings of the Spencer's Benefits Reports 2009...

Patients Say Costs Determining Factor in Their Treatment Decisions

WASHINGTON, June 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Seventy-three percent of insured patients receiving assistance from Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation reported that health care costs are influencing their medication and treatment decisions more this year than last. Nearly half of these said th...

Vision impairment costs billions lost in productivity

Corrected vision impairment could prevent billions of dollars in lost productivity annually, according to a study by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of School of Public Health, the International Centre for Eyecare Education, the University of New South Wales and the African Vis...

IBI Research Finds Employers Severely Underestimate the Prevalence and Lost Productivity Costs of Depression

Lost productivity for depression sufferers is a considerable and largely undetected problem SAN FRANCISCO, May 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Employees disabled by depression are away from work significantly longer than other employees on disability leave according to new research by the non...

Ignoring Insomnia Costs America $42 Billion a Year

Research Paper Examines the Burdens of Insomnia and Potential Solutions NEW YORK, May 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sanofi-aventis U.S., with research and support from The Center for Medicine in the Public Interest (CMPI), has released a report showing the lag in the diagnosis and treatment ...

Seniors Seek to Reduce Healthcare Costs as Premiums Increase Says MedicareSupplementPlans.com

Many seniors are analyzing and reducing their healthcare and insurance expenses during a hard-hitting economy. (Vocus) May 27, 2009 -- Health Net implemented an across-the-board increase in California Medicare supplement insurance plan premiums July 1, 2009, causing m...

As Healthcare Costs Skyrocket, Local Leaders Gather to Seek a Solution

Teva Announces First Event in Year of Affordable Healthcare Roundtable Series SAN FRANCISCO, May 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Families USA, a consumer health group, recently reported that healthcare premiums in California rose five times faster than earnings between 2000 and 2007. With h...

Specialty care costs for patients with bipolar disorder are higher than diabetes and other chronic diseases

SAN FRANCISCO -- Mayo Clinic researchers have found that bipolar disorder is more costly than other chronic conditions such as diabetes, depression, asthma or coronary artery disease. These findings are based on a review of health care claim costs. Specialty care costs (the costs of seeing any spe...

Specialty Care Costs for Patients With Bipolar Disorder Are Higher Than Diabetes and Other Chronic Diseases

SAN FRANCISCO, May 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mayo Clinic researchers have found that bipolar disorder is more costly than other chronic conditions such as diabetes, depression, asthma or coronary artery disease. These findings are based on a review of health care claim costs. Specialty ...

National Coalition Hosts Event to Examine Costs Projections for Chronic Diseases

New White Paper Outlines Possible Ways to Improve CBO Modeling and Information for Policymakers WASHINGTON, May 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, during a Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease policy briefing on Capitol Hill, health policy researchers Michael J. O'Grady, Ph.D., and James C....

McGraw Wentworth Mid-Market Group Benefits Survey Shows Health Care Costs Increasing at 6-Year Low of 5%

TrendBenders(TM) --- top-performing organizations decreased costs by an average 1% over two years --- by managing eligibility, using spousal surcharges, and wellness initiatives including smoker surcharges. TROY, Mich., May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- McGraw Wentworth, Michigan's largest employee grou...

Autism in the UK costs more than $41 billion every year, shows new research

Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore and Washinton DC (18 May 2009) Research published this week in the Journal Autism , published by SAGE, estimate the annual costs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to be more than 27 billion a year. The costs of supporting children with ASDs were estimate...

Early childhood health interventions could save billions in health costs later in life

Promoting the health of young children, before five years of age, could save society up to $65 billion in future health care costs, according to an examination of childhood health conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The results are published in the May ...

IROs Help Cut Health Plan Costs During the Recession

Evidence-based, Unbiased Determinations Use Latest Clinical Information LANSDALE, Penn., May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Health care spending today equals 17 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP). By 2017, experts project it will equal 20 percent. Most politicians and healthcare experts a...

Dengue fever costs billions in health care, lost productivity and absenteeism

Waltham, MAResearchers at Brandeis, in collaboration with several other institutions worldwide, have pinpointed for the first time the multi-country economic costs of dengue fever, the endemic and epidemic mosquito-borne illness that is a rapidly growing public health problem in tropical and sub-t...

Incentives and Pharmacist Coaches Lead to Improved Health and Lower Health Care Costs for Diabetic Patients

MBGH program helps Chicago employers reduce costs by $1,467 per participant CHICAGO, May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Today the non-profit Midwest Business Group on Health announced the first-year results of Taking Control of Your Health (TCYH) , an employer-based diabetes management program, at its...

Medical Tai Chi (Qigong) - Chinese 'Miracle Exercise' Popular as U.S. Health Costs Rise

BLOWING ROCK, N.C., May 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dr. Mehmet Oz on Oprah called qigong "the secret to anti-aging." It's the "miracle exercise" for people seeking to avoid drugs, surgery, and expensive doctor bills. Medical Tai Chi, known in China as Qigong, may eventually replace health insuran...

Growth in Wyoming Long Term Care Costs Outpacing the Rate of Inflation, According to Annual Genworth Financial Study

Study Gives Residents of Wyoming Access to Nursing Home, Assisted Living, Home Care and Adult Day Health Care Costs in Nearly Every Zip Code Statewide RICHMOND, Va., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The cost of long term care in Wyoming is rising at a rate outpacing inflation, putting significan...

Growth in Wisconsin Long Term Care Costs Outpacing the Rate of Inflation, According to Annual Genworth Financial Study

Study Gives Wisconsin residents Access to Nursing Home, Assisted Living, Home Care and Adult Day Health Care Costs in Nearly Every Zip Code Statewide RICHMOND, Va., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The cost of long term care in Wisconsin is rising at a rate outpacing inflation, putting significa...

Growth in Washington Long Term Care Costs Outpacing the Rate of Inflation, According to Annual Genworth Financial Study

Study Gives Washington Residents Access to Nursing Home, Assisted Living, Home Care and Adult Day Health Care Costs in Nearly Every Zip Code Statewide RICHMOND, Va., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The cost of long term care in Washington is rising at a rate outpacing inflation, putting signi...

Growth in Virginia Long Term Care Costs Outpacing the Rate of Inflation, According to Annual Genworth Financial Study

Study Gives Virginians Access to Nursing Home, Assisted Living, Home Care and Adult Day Health Care Costs in Nearly Every Zip Code Statewide RICHMOND, Va., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The cost of long term care in Virginia is rising at a rate outpacing inflation, putting significant financial ...

Growth in Utah Long Term Care Costs Outpacing the Rate of Inflation, According to Annual Genworth Financial Study

Study Gives Utah Residents Access to Nursing Home, Assisted Living, Home Care and Adult Day Health Care Costs in Nearly Every Zip Code Statewide RICHMOND, Va., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The cost of long term care in Utah is rising at a rate outpacing inflation, putting significant financial ...
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