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Report Reveals How Healthcare Costs Have Outpaced Wages

The Kaiser Family Foundation has released its annual survey of employers and their healthcare coverage, including details about deductibles, premiums, and how much employees are contributing, The report reveals that the average deductible for an employee rose 5% in the past year, to $1,573. In the past decade, deductibles have …

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Why You Should Call an Uber Instead of An Ambulance

A researcher with Harvard Medical School is advocating that individuals, unless it is an extreme emergency, not call an ambulance, both as a means of saving money as well as ensuring that paramedics and emergency medical technicians are available for actual life-or-death situations. Instead, the researcher says, those individuals should …

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Companies Crying Wolf About Healthcare Costs

For all the talk of a healthcare crisis, the numbers make it appear as though it is more myth than fact, according to a published report. The amount that companies spend on healthcare for their employees has remained largely unchanged during the past eight years, hovering around 7.5% of total …

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Health Care Breaches Keep Growing

About one out of every six data breaches involving data covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) are at a “business associate” of a healthcare facility, which could include collection agencies, according to a report published by the Journal of the American Medical Association. Since 2010, more …

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How to Stop Surprise Medical Bills

There have been a number of reports published recently detailing the surprisingly large medical bills that individuals have received after receiving treatment at a hospital. There was the story of the emergency room doctor who was billed $30,000 for life-saving treatment after suffering an injury while surfing. There was the …

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N.J. Legislature Tackles Medical Debt With New Measures

The New Jersey state legislature is tackling medical debt in a new law that was signed last week and a separate bill that has been introduced in the state Assembly. Last week, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed Assembly Bill 2039, the “Out-of-Network Consumer Protection, Transparency, Cost Containment and Accountability …

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RCM Group Lobbies FCC For Updates to TCPA

The American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management is renewing its push to get the Federal Communications Commission to grant a petition that was filed more than two years ago to update the Telephone Consumer Protection Act to widen the types of companies that are covered under the law. A copy of …

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