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2012 Potpourri XXXVI

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Another in our series of Potpourris, tasty, succulent morsels of health data food, including this week the effect of mammography screening, improving health and health costs, state costs to run health insurance exchanges, family caregiving and the costs of fixing Medicare’s physician reimbursement.

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Aon Hewitt Employer Survey

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Yet another survey of the employer market, this one from Aon Hewitt, which also reflects views of employees covered under their companies’ health plans. Aon Hewitt finds that employers are stepping up their level of action in regard to designing and operating health plans and other programs to encourage better health.

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The Kaiser Family Foundation Report on Health Care Coverage

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The Kaiser Family Foundation published its annual survey on Employer Health Benefits. While the rate of growth in both single and family health insurance premiums has slowed, it is still well above inflation, wage growth or GDP growth and while employee cost-sharing is relatively flat, the amount spent on health insurance by the average employee continues to grow far faster than income.

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2012 Potpourri XXVI

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Another sunny Potpourri, brightening your day with rays of data on hospital at home; Medicare care coordination programs; an employer survey on impacts of the reform law; a survey on health habits and employee productivity; first quarter health plan results and ER use and end-of-life care.

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Wellness Incentive Guidelines

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A group of health care organizations has produced a guidance for employer-sponsored wellness programs with incentives, published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The statement is supportive of these programs, although expressing some reservations about incentive use.

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PMSI Drug Trend Report

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PMSI has released its 2012 Drug Trend Report for workers’ compensation business. Medical costs are an increasing portion of workers’ compensation payouts and drug spending, particularly for pain medications, has become an area of greater focus to prevent abuse.

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