Employers’ wellness programs in a Health 2.0 era

Employee wellness is a growth business: 57% of large employers provide wellness programs to employees, increasing from 49% of large employers in 2006. According MetLife’s Sixth Annual Employee Benefits Trends Study, nine of ten companies that offer wellness believe these programs are effective in reducing medical costs. For the average employer, MetLife found, 58% of […]

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EXTRA! EXTRA! Economy is #1 Issue; War and Health Care Tie for 2nd (The Final KFF Poll on the 2008 Presidential Election and Health Issues)

Addressing the U.S. Economy is Job 1, 2 and 3 for the next President, according to the latest and last Kaiser Family Foundation poll on American voters’ priorities (Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, Issue 11, October 2008).2 in 3 Americans say, far and away, the key issue for Messrs. McCain and Obama to talk about is […]

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The first report on future Medicaid spend forecasts an unhealthy growth rate of 7.9% per annum

Each year, actuaries in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issue projections on Medicare spending. For the first time, the CMS Office of the Actuary has published a fiscal report on Medicaid…and the projections are fiscally chilling. Spending on Medicaid will grow 7.3% between 2007 and 2008, hitting $339 billion. Thereafter, the average […]

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Even in a down economy, health reform and technology adoption can be a "go"

In the past several months, there’s been some wringing of hands and some pronouncements of glasses-half-empty concerning health reform and technology innovation. For us glass-half-full types, here’s something to consider… 15,000 physicians in the state of Michigan began to electronically link up today. The new online service has been developed by Covisint, whose roots are […]

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Health engagement and patient activation – people want to connect with providers, suppliers, and experts

Globally, people are looking to engage with health providers, plans, and product suppliers — up-close and very personal.That’s the top-line finding from the first Health Trust Barometer survey sponsored by Edelman, the global communications company that launched the influential Trust Barometer inEdelman’s researchers talked to citizens in five countries — the US, UK, Russia, China, […]

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