Driving Toward a Better View of Your Risks


The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and Federal Railroad Administration backed off plans that would have required truckers and train operators with safety sensitive duties to be tested for obstructive sleep apnea. The move came as a surprise because reducing fatigue-related accidents is on the National Transportation Safety Board’s 10 Most Wanted List. Image Source:...

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Could Value-Based Insurance Design (V-BID) be Right for You?


Source: University of Michigan Center for Value-Based Design While not new, value-based insurance design (V-BID) is getting a lot of attention as a way to improve health outcomes and reduce costs. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began a 5 year pilot with MedicareAdvantage plans in 7 states. The goal is to reduce...

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Could Mental Health be Your Biggest Cost Driver?


More than 350 million people suffer from depression, making it the leading cause of disability around the world (World Health Organization). Closer to home, nearly 16 million American adults, or almost 7% of the adult population, had at least one major depressive episode in 2013 (The National Institute of Mental Health). And it gets worse. A...

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HIPAA Protections Apply Even When a Crime is Involved


The Memorial Hermann Health System (MHHS) in Houston learned an expensive lesson when it was fined $2.4 million for publicly naming an imposter seeking care at one of its facilities (National Law Review). The patient allegedly presented false identification while attempting to receive care at one of its clinics. MHHS reported the incident, disclosing PHI...

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Can Amazon Really Drive Employer Rx Costs Down?


Amazon’s recent acquisition of Whole Foods has increased speculation that the online giant is preparing to enter the prescription drug market. Some, like CNBC, think Amazon will disrupt the industry, lowering costs for consumer and profits for retails chains, independents, and pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs). US Rx Problem US drug spending reached $450 billion in...

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