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2009-12-17 11:00:00

DALLAS, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following feature is by Devon Herrick, PhD, Senior Fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis: People often assume they have little control over how much they spend on health care. After all, sickness cannot be scheduled, doctors prescribe treatments and employers provide health coverage to more than 60 percent of Americans. However, there are many overlooked ways to trim your health costs and still get the care you need. Cut your...

2009-12-16 10:54:00

MILWAUKEE, Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- More and more Wisconsinites are looking for less expensive options for basic individual health care coverage and are asking what they can do to obtain lower-cost protection for their family's health care coverage. Today, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield introduced new low-cost CoreShare and enhanced SmartSense and Premier individual plans that will provide Wisconsinites with low-cost options for individual health insurance. Whether you are...

2009-12-14 07:00:00

NASHVILLE, Tenn. and GLEN ROCK, N.J., Dec. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- HealthLeaders-InterStudy and Fingertip Formulary find that over the next five years, a greater percentage of health plans will transition orally delivered oncology drugs from a copayment structure to a reimbursement model that incorporates a coinsurance payment, thereby shifting more costs onto patients. Copayments represent a set dollar amount associated with a pharmacy benefit while coinsurance represents a percentage of cost...

2009-10-22 10:43:00

DETROIT, Oct. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Michigan's small business owners know that offering employee health coverage can help them attract and keep good employees; yet escalating health care costs are making this increasingly difficult. They need help, and they need it now. Relief may be in sight for small companies in 23 Michigan counties. Health Alliance Plan's new "Small Business Solutions" provides high quality health coverage with substantial cost savings for both the employer...

2009-10-13 07:30:00

WOONSOCKET, R.I., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- CVS Caremark (NYSE: CVS) presented data at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) Annual Educational Conference, which illustrates how innovative pharmacy benefit plan design can impact generic utilization. The study further underscores how pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) can work with plan sponsors to manage costs and improve health outcomes by working to change plan participant behavior through increased engagement. The study found that...

2009-10-09 11:10:00

SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Cibbey Abraham, Pharm.D., of FutureScripts, will present a research poster today at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy's 2009 Educational Conference at 12:30 p.m. Central Time at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in downtown San Antonio. Dr. Abraham will present on the impact of zero-dollar generic drug copays on medication compliance in a managed care member population, focusing on research strategies that have proven effective in helping...

2009-09-30 16:55:00

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) president, VADM Norb Ryan Jr., USN (Ret), pulled no punches in expressing MOAA's objection to the Defense Department's announcement that it would be raising hospital inpatient copays by $110 per day for retired servicemembers, family members and survivors as of October 1. "We're shocked and extremely disappointed that there would be any copay increase for the sickest military...

2009-09-15 13:44:42

An annual U.S. survey of non-federal private and public employers indicates most employers and employees are paying more for health insurance. The Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust survey found in 2009, the average annual premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance were $4,824 for single coverage and $13,375 for family coverage. Premiums for family coverage are 5 percent higher than last year, but there was no statistically significant growth in...

2009-08-25 13:32:00

LIVONIA, Mich., Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- As Nebraska employers seek out additional ways to reduce rising healthcare costs, American Community Mutual Insurance Company announced today the addition of Latitude(TM), a small group product that allows employers to customize a health plan with the benefits that employees want at a price that business owners can afford. Sold through independent insurance agents, the new PPO plan for employer groups with 2-50 employees is available in Nebraska for...

2009-08-24 14:52:00

WASHINGTON, August 24 /PRNewswire/ -- As members of Congress continue to debate proposals for health care reform, the National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) has released a new report on an important approach being used by leading edge employers for improving patient health outcomes - Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID). Featuring case studies, the report takes a closer look at how VBID is helping employers nationwide "get more health out of every health care dollar." The report,...


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vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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