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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,...

2009-08-11 22:00:00

MILWAUKEE, Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- A recently mandated settlement in a class action suit involving drug wholesaler McKesson Corporation and data publishers First Data Bank and Medispan is impacting pharmacy benefit programs in both the short and long terms, according to Greg Rucinski, President & CEO for TRICAST, Inc., a leading next-generation health information business. "There's a whole lot more than meets the eye in what the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts mandated. Pharmacy...

2009-06-15 12:16:00

The New Pharmacy Benefit Evaluator Analyzes Health Plan Pharmacy Benefit Structure, Spending and the Plan-PBM Relationship to Inform Managed Care Sales Strategy Development NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- HealthLeaders-InterStudy, the leading provider of managed care market intelligence, has enhanced its Pharmacy Benefit Evaluator, a Web-based product that analyzes health plan pharmacy benefit structure and spending and the health plan-to-pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) relationship...

2009-06-02 08:02:07

Biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) such as adalimumab, etanercept and infliximab are effective at reducing symptoms and slowing progression of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). These drugs act more quickly, require less laboratory monitoring, and are better tolerated than nonbiologic DMARDs, but they are also up to 100 times more expensive. Insurance plans differ greatly in their coverage of and cost sharing for biologic DMARDs, sometimes shifting a large portion of the cost of...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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