We Want Our ERISA, say corporate execs

Corporate executives are concerned about three main issues when it comes to health care: 1. Maintaining ERISA’s national standards, 2. Focusing on health care quality and cost, and3. Worrying about negative impacts of changing tax treatment for employer health benefits.The Miller & Chevalier/American Benefits Council Corporate Health Care Policy Forecast surveyed American employers in August […]

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The Innovation Election

If you watched any TV over the weekend, especially during the Sunday morning news shows between 9 am and noon, you heard the use of the word “change” about a hundred times from both John McCain’s and Barack Obama’s campaign ads. As Joe Biden has implored in various speeches…”Enough!” It’s not about change, guys. It’s […]

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EverydayRevolution – and the growth of health search

Over the past couple of weeks, the eHealth world learned that RevolutionHealth engaged Morgan Stanley, the investment bank, to help assess the company’s ‘alternatives.’ The early talk was to raise capital, but the tenor seems to have switched to sales or merging. One talked-about suitor for Steve Case’s start-up is Everyday Health. This news comes […]

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Retail clinics: cheaper per visit and access-enhancing, but cost-expanding

A study in Health Affairs finds that retail clinics achieve cost-savings for primary care maladies. However, an aspect of this story illustrates Roemer’s Law: that the health care market suffers from supply-induced demand.   In plain English: the more supply of health services you add to the market, the more costs will be incurred. Or […]

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Bad health care debt is greater among insured than uninsured Americans

As more costs are being charged to consumers by hospitals and other providers, bad debts are growing. More debt is being racked up by people with insurance than those without coverage. Over two-thirds of bad debt are generated by insured patients. This is the finding of nTelagent, Inc., a company that markets retail point-of-service technology. […]

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