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Visit One News Page for Health Insurance news from around the world, aggregated from leading sources including newswires, newspapers and broadcast media. Search millions of archived news headlines. This feed provides the Health Insurance news headlines.

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    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An anti-abortion group says Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that generally blocks state health insurance programs from covering abortions for state workers. Wisconsin Right to Life announced Tuesday that the governor signed the bill earlier in the day. Walker’s spokeswoman, Amy Hasenberg, didn’t immediately reply to an email seeking […] Reported by Seattle Times 4 hours ago.

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    Walmart's potential Humana bid 'could serve as a distraction' from its core business (WMT)· *Walmart is said to be in talks to acquire health insurer Humana, the Wall Street Journal reported.*
    · *The move could distract Walmart from its core business, particularly its e-commerce segment, a UBS analyst says.*
    · *The company posted slower e-commerce sales growth last quarter.*
    · *You can view Walmart's stock price in real time here.*

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    Walmart's biggest test may not be Amazon, but rather its ability to stay focused. 

    If a potential bid for health insurer Humana goes through, it could only serve to complicate its business all while the retailer is still figuring out how to unlock its online growth potential amid sagging e-commerce sales growth last quarter, a UBS analyst says.

    "It could serve as a distraction from the company’s push to improve its stores and grow its eComm offering," UBS analyst Michael Lasser wrote in a note to clients. "We believe WMT could be better served by continuing to focus its efforts on improving its core business."

    A tie-up with the $36.75 billion insurer would mean Walmart has to operate several moving parts simultaneously: a health insurance business, a pharmacy benefits manager, clinics, and retail pharmacies, in addition to its already vast retail and grocery stores.

    However, Lasser acknowledges there are some benefits to the potential merger. It could help diversify the company's revenue streams and attract new customers to its healthcare ecosystem. This could possibly drive traffic and lower healthcare costs in turn. A merger could also fend off competition from Amazon, which has already started offering an exclusive line of over-the-counter drugs on its platform.

    "Still, it would represent a move away from WMT’s retail roots, & could make an already complex model much more complicated," Lasser wrote.

    Lasser is maintaining his price target of $103 per share and a "Neutral" rating on the company.

    Walmart's stock was trading at $86.69 per share though it was down 11.88% for the year.

    *Read more about how Walmart could unlock its potential for online sales growth.*

    *SEE ALSO: Walmart may have found the key to unlocking its online growth potential*

    Join the conversation about this story »

    NOW WATCH: How all-you-can-eat restaurants don't go bankrupt Reported by Business Insider 3 hours ago.

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers getting financial assistance under former President Barack Obama’s health care law will pay lower premiums this year, even though the “list price” for their health insurance shot up. That’s according to new numbers from the Trump administration. After federal aid, the average monthly premium paid by subsidized customers on HealthCare.gov is […] Reported by Seattle Times 2 hours ago.

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers getting financial assistance under former President Barack Obama's health care law will pay lower premiums this year, even though the "list price" for their health insurance shot up.That odd result is... Reported by New Zealand Herald 15 minutes ago.

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    ACCC explains why knowing the difference between net and gross income is so important to living a healthy financial life

    BOSTON (PRWEB) March 30, 2018

    Consumers may notice that their paycheck shows a lower take-home amount than what they may expect given their salary or hourly wage. Because of this, it is important to know the difference between net and gross income when planning your expenses. To help consumers, national nonprofit American Consumer Credit Counseling explains the difference between net and gross income.

    “When planning your expenses and setting a budget, it is imperative that you look at your net income rather than your gross income,” said Steve Trumble, President, and CEO of American Consumer Credit Counseling, which is based in Newton, MA. “That means you should identify the amount of money you have coming in after deducting costs, such as taxes, retirement contributions, and social security. Creating your budget based on net income is crucial to living a healthy financial life.”

    According to the IRS’s preliminary data, the average American taxpayer owed $9,655 in federal income tax during the 2015 tax year. With the average gross income at $71,258, the federal income tax rate was 13.5 percent. Although state and local income taxes vary depending on where you live, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that Americans pay an average of about nine percent annually in state and local income taxes.

    Gross income is a person’s total income earned before taxes, and other deductions are taken out. Earned income includes salaries, wages, bonuses, tips, and self-employment income.

    Net income is a person’s income earned minus deduction and taxes, which include Federal, State, local income taxes, FICA, Social Security, and Medicare. Other deductions may consist of dental insurance, health insurance, retirement contributions, dues, donations, etc.

    Withholdings on a paycheck include federal income tax, Social Security, Medicare, and state and local income tax. How you adjust your withholdings has a direct impact on your paycheck. Be sure you review the federal and state withholding forms and apply accordingly.The more money that is withheld from your paycheck, the smaller the paycheck but, the greater the tax refund will be. If too little is withheld, then it is likely a person may owe taxes at the end of the year. Other deductions on paychecks include retirement benefits or health care costs, which may vary business to business.

    ACCC is a 501(c)3 organization that provides free credit counseling, bankruptcy counseling, and housing counseling to consumers nationwide in need of financial literacy education and money management. For more information, contact ACCC:·     For credit counseling, call 800-769-3571
    ·     For bankruptcy counseling, call 866-826-6924
    ·     For housing counseling, call 866-826-7180
    ·     Or visit us online at ConsumerCredit.com

    About American Consumer Credit Counseling
    American Consumer Credit Counseling (ACCC) is a nonprofit credit counseling 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to empowering consumers to achieve financial management through credit counseling, debt management, bankruptcy counseling, housing counseling, student loan counseling and financial education concerning debt solutions. In order to help consumers reach their goal of debt relief, ACCC provides a range of free consumer personal finance resources on a variety of topics including budgeting, credit and debt management, student loan assistance, youth and money, homeownership, identity theft, senior living and retirement. Consumers can use ACCC’s worksheets, videos, calculators, and blog articles to make the best possible decisions regarding their financial future. ACCC holds an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and is a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®). For more information or to access free financial education resources, log on to ConsumerCredit.com or visit http://www.consumercredit.com/financial-education.aspx Reported by PRWeb 5 days ago.

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    Walmart is in early talks about partnering with or acquiring health-insurance giant Humana, sources said.  -More-  Reported by SmartBrief 5 days ago.

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers getting financial assistance under former President Barack Obama's health care law will pay lower premiums this year, even though the "list price" for their health insurance shot up. That odd result is reflected in a report issued Tuesday by the Trump administration. After federal aid, the average monthly premium paid by subsidized customers on HealthCare.gov is dropping to $89 from last year's $106. That's a 16 percent savings even though the "list price" premium went up about 30 percent, now averaging $639 for those subsidized customers. The bottom line is counterintuitive, but it shows how "Obamacare" subsidies cushion consumers from rising premiums. Reported by SeattlePI.com 12 hours ago.

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    Clients of CORL Technologies recognize collaborative, transparent Business Associates

    ATLANTA (PRWEB) April 04, 2018

    CORL Technologies, the leading provider of vendor security risk management solutions for the Healthcare industry, named three businesses to its “Vendor Honor Roll,” a new recognition program for Businesses Associates serving healthcare organizations.

    Ciox Health (a health information management company), NAVEX Global (provider of ethics and compliance software) and ServiceNow (enterprise cloud computing solutions provider) are three businesses named to the CORL Vendor Honor Roll by health organizations employing their services.

    The vendors were selected based on four criteria: 1) a willingness to provide privacy and security information to their health entity clients, 2) ability to provide assurance of security controls, 3) responsiveness to client’s inquiries regarding security and privacy practices and 4) collaboration with client information security teams to protect patient information in the healthcare industry including health systems, health insurance plans, and other health-related service providers.

    As Steve Crocker, CISO of Methodist Le Bonheur, said of the CORL Vendor Honor Roll recognition, “The health industry is behind when it comes to Vendor Security Risk Management. Some vendors have been really cooperative in the process and we hope this puts healthy peer pressure on the others who have been difficult to work with or have real security challenges when we run an assessment.”

    Ever evolving regulatory threats, technology and business models require constant oversight and governance by health organizations to make sure data is secured by vendors. Less than 30% of vendors in the healthcare industry have a security certification and about 50% do not have qualified security professionals on staff. With recent vendors in the news for data breaches and misuse of personal information, businesses of all sizes are realizing they must cooperate on data security risk assessments, such as those performed by CORL Technologies and their health organization clients. The costs incurred by organizations in dealing with major breaches and related outages by vendors with broad data access in the industry is drawing attention internally from board members, investors and executive teams.

    “Patients are at risk and healthcare organizations are incurring millions of dollars in costs dealing with security breaches at key vendors. These vendors are increasingly more essential to the delivery of quality care and healthcare operations. Our clients are recognizing that they cannot afford the risk of working with companies that refuse to collaborate on privacy and security,” said Cliff Baker, CEO of CORL Technologies.

    About CORL Technologies
    CORL Technologies is the leading provider of vendor security risk management solutions for the healthcare industry. The company was founded in 2012 to address the immediate need for vendor security intelligence. The CORL Vendor Security Risk Management solutions are delivered as a managed service and are supported by expert research analysts who collaborate with an intelligence sharing community. With CORL, hospitals, health systems, payers and service providers can monitor risk with vendors, ease compliance audits, and improve executive communications and risk-analytics reporting. CORL Technologies is a proponent of data security frameworks, such as NIST and HITRUST, and the firm holds a SOC 2-Type II attestation. Visit CORL at http://www.vendorsecurity.com or http://www.linkedin.com/company/corl-technologies. Reported by PRWeb 4 hours ago.

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    A recent Medicare cut is likely to subject some beneficiaries to sharply rising Medigap supplement premiums.

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (PRWEB) April 04, 2018

    A little-noticed Medicare cut is likely to subject roughly 10 percent of beneficiaries to sharply rising Medigap supplement premiums, warns The Senior Citizens League. The provision prohibits beneficiaries from purchasing “first dollar coverage”— popular Medigap policies which cover the Part B deductible — a move that is overwhelmingly disliked by 96 percent of older voters, according to a recent survey by the League.     

    The legislation closes the two most comprehensive and popular Medicare supplement policies— Medigap plans “F” and “C” — which provide first dollar coverage, to new customers starting in January 1, 2020. “The effect of that change may make itself felt soon,” says The Senior Citizens League’s Medicare policy analyst Mary Johnson.

    “Beneficiaries currently enrolled in Medigap plans F or C will be able to keep their policies,” Johnson explains. “However, premiums are likely to undergo sharp increases because the plans won’t be taking in any more younger, healthier people to spread the risk,” she says. “As people remaining in the plans get sicker and older, they use more medical services, and Medigap Plan F and C premiums are likely to increase sharply —something that Medigap customers need to consider,” Johnson notes.

    Medigap policyholders cannot easily compare plans and switch to less expensive supplements annually, like younger people shopping on the federal health exchange, or even other retirees shopping for Medicare Advantage plans. “Universal coverage guarantees for pre-existing conditions don’t apply to Medigap supplements like they do for Medicare Medicare Advantage plans,” Johnson explains.

    Most Medigap supplements are purchased when the consumer first becomes eligible for Medicare at age 65. During the 7 - month Medicare initial enrollment period, Medigap insurers must accept applicants regardless of health. Later on, if policyholders want to switch from Medigap F or C to another Medigap plan, the insurance company will check health records, and consumers could face lengthy coverage exclusions, or be turned down altogether based on pre-existing conditions.

    Currently, more than half of all people shopping for a Medigap policy purchase either plan F or plan C, which provide for the most comprehensive coverage, including coverage of the Part B deductible. The Part B deductible is $183 in 2018 and rises in tandem with Part B premiums — making it one of the fastest growing costs that retirees must cope with.

    “People turning 65 and enrolling in Medicare need to know about the change in order to make better decisions, but the decision making process is daunting enough as it is,” says Johnson. The Senior Citizens League strongly recommends that people approaching age 65 get unbiased advice when enrolling in Medicare for the first time. Medigap policies still offer important benefits like covering most or all of your out-of-pocket costs after the deductible, and freedom to choose any healthcare provider that participates in Medicare. “We recommend checking with your area agency on aging, senior center or senior services department for free one-on-one counseling from your State Health Insurance Program (SHIP),” Johnson says.

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    With 1.2 million supporters, The Senior Citizens League is one of the nation’s largest nonpartisan seniors groups. Its mission is to promote and assist members and supporters, to educate and alert senior citizens about their rights and freedoms as U.S. Citizens, and to protect and defend the benefits senior citizens have earned and paid for. The Senior Citizens League is a proud affiliate of The Retired Enlisted Association. Visit http://www.SeniorsLeague.org for more information.

    Media Contacts:
    Jessie Gibbons: 800-333-8725
    jgibbons(at)tsclhq(dot)org
    Mary Johnson: 540-832-5513
    mary.johnson.nld(at)gmail(dot)com

    The Senior Citizens League
    500 Montgomery St.
    Suite 400
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    1-800-333-8725
    http://www.SeniorsLeague.org Reported by PRWeb 3 hours ago.

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    We're expanding Association Health Plans and streamlining regulation. That will give small businesses more and cheaper insurance choices.

     
     
     
     
     
     
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    Colonoscopies Guard Against the Second-Leading Cause of Cancer Deaths in the U.S.

    Washington, D.C., April 04, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In an effort to save lives, Olympus provided funding to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance (the Alliance) to screen 50 people for colorectal cancer, the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S., during March, National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

    Colonoscopies, a medical procedure that can identify malignant polyps in the large intestine, were provided nationwide to 50 in-need men and women who sought to know their health status—a comfort out of reach for many people who do not have insurance or other financial means to afford screening.

    Screening is a critical step to identify and treat colorectal cancer, which is 90% beatable if caught early. The Alliance, which seeks to end colorectal cancer within our lifetime, advocates for screening by colonoscopy or one of the other approved methods.  

    Among the 50 individuals screened with funding from Olympus was Roxanne Hopkins, a Phoenix woman whose mother had colorectal cancer, a disease that can be hereditary. Hopkins, however, is without health insurance and could not afford a colonoscopy.

    “I was looking for ways to check myself—I’m approaching 50 pretty quickly,” Hopkins said. “My gratitude is just unbelievable.”

    For most adults, doctors recommend that screenings start at age 50. Individual risk factors, such as ethnicity, lifestyle, and family history, may require earlier screening. A doctor can provide more information about how and when screening should begin.

    Olympus funding also provided Clay Wilson with a clean colonoscopy and peace of mind. The 61-year-old man from Sarasota, Florida, doesn’t have insurance, so the price tag for a colonoscopy, which can be thousands of dollars, was simply too high.

    “I wanted to take care of my health, and I’m grateful they could do this for us,” Wilson said.

    Maryhelen, of Phoenix, lost her brother suddenly to colorectal cancer in 2014. Doctors discovered that her brother had Lynch Syndrome, a genetic condition that predisposes carriers to colorectal cancer. Before his death, Maryhelen promised her brother that she would get his son, Cyrus, screened for colorectal cancer.

    The Olympus-Colorectal Cancer Alliance partnership provided that promised colonoscopy.

    “Knowing that you have this gene and being able to stay on top of it is a gift,” Maryhelen said. “Early detection is what’s going to stop our family from being in my brother’s situation.”

    While some results from the 50 colonoscopies remain pending, at least one case resulted in the diagnosis of colorectal cancer.

    “Our partnership with Olympus demonstrates the incredible power of nonprofit and industry collaboration,” said Michael Sapienza, CEO of the Alliance. “Providing these screenings during March, our awareness month, is particularly compelling. The importance of screening cannot be overstated.”

    A recent report from the American Cancer Society showed a third of eligible adults have not been screened for colorectal cancer.

    Olympus is the leading manufacturer of medical devices used to peer inside the human body to detect, diagnose and treat gastrointestinal diseases such as colon cancer. Olympus pioneered the development of endoscopic technology more than 60 years ago and remains a global leader today, helping to improve the lives of millions who have been diagnosed or screened for colon cancer.

    *About the Colorectal Cancer Alliance*

    The Colorectal Cancer Alliance is a national nonprofit committed to ending colorectal cancer. Working with our nation of passionate allies, we diligently support the needs of patients and families, caregivers, and survivors; eagerly raise awareness of preventative screening; and continually strive to fund critical research. As allies in the struggle, we are fiercely determined to end colorectal cancer within our lifetime. For more information, visit ccalliance.org. 

    *About Olympus*

    Olympus is a global technology leader, crafting innovative optical and digital solutions in medical technologies; life sciences; industrial solutions; and cameras and audio products. Throughout our nearly 100-year history, Olympus has focused on being true to society and making people’s lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling every day. Visit www.olympusamerica.com.

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    A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/426f572c-6927-476e-90a1-8755a6a10982

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    CONTACT: Steven Bushong
    Colorectal Cancer Alliance
    330-957-0484
    sbushong@ccalliance.org Reported by GlobeNewswire 9 hours ago.

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    Johns Creek, Georgia, April 04, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sirrus Corp. (“Sirrus” or the “Company”) (OTC PINK: SRUP), an emerging cybersecurity solutions provider, is pleased to announce that the Company is actively exploring new blockchain and cryptocurrency-focused business opportunities. 

    “Because of our years of experience within the cybersecurity sector and, most recently, with our successful launch of an innovative high-performance supercomputer line, we believe that Sirrus Corp. is ideally positioned to pursue new business opportunities within the exciting blockchain and cryptocurrency markets,” commented Sparrow Marcioni, Sirrus Corp. CEO.  “By applying our deep understanding of cybersecurity and cluster computer processing power, we are confident in our capabilities to develop new proprietary applications and potentially partner with other emerging leaders within the blockchain sector.”

    Marcioni concluded, “Over the next several weeks, we will continue to evaluate several different blockchain and cryptocurrency business opportunities for potential involvement by the Company.”

    The Company intends to make a further announcement should any new business or acquisition take place.  There can be no assurances that the Company will determine that any of the potential opportunities current under evaluation will be worthy of acquisition or investment, or that the Company will ultimately acquire blockchain technologies at all.

    *About Sirrus Corp.*

    Sirrus Corp. (OTC PINK: SRUP) provides security technology products and services to assist companies with protecting their assets and information.  The Company is primarily focused on providing cybersecurity services to healthcare companies in the United States, which are required to be in compliance with government regulations such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”).

    Additional information regarding Sirrus Corp. and Sirrus Security can be found at www.sirrussecurity.com.

    *Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements*

    This press release by Sirrus Corp. (“Sirrus”) may contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These statements can be identified by words such as expects,” “plan,” “believes,” “will,” “achieve,” “anticipate,” “would,” “should,” “subject to,” or words of similar meaning, and by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts.  Although Sirrus management believes that such forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cannot guarantee that such expectations are, or will be, correct.  These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, which could cause the Company's future results to differ materially from those anticipated.  Potential risks and uncertainties include, among others, general economic conditions and conditions affecting the industries in which the Company operates; the uncertainty of regulatory requirements and approvals; and the ability to obtain necessary financing on acceptable terms or at all.  Known risks and uncertainties include those identified from time to time in the reports filed by Sirrus Corp. with the SEC.  Sirrus assumes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements contained in this press release.

    CONTACT: Sirrus Corp. - Investor Relations:
    Toll-Free: (888) 263-7622
    E-mail: investors@sirrussecurity.com
    Website: www.sirrussecurity.com Reported by GlobeNewswire 7 hours ago.

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    The vice president also advocated that undergraduates should be exposed to internships in government administration.

    The post Osinbajo advocates compulsory health insurance scheme for Nigerians appeared first on Premium Times Nigeria. Reported by Premium Times Nigeria 3 hours ago.

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    Many organizations slow to determine which health and retirement programs will best meet their open-enrollment needs

    NEW YORK (PRWEB) April 04, 2018

    Employee Benefit Adviser’s Open Enrollment Readiness Benchmark (OERB) composite score for January was just 34 out of a possible 100 for employers with first-quarter benefit start dates.

    Marks were low in just about every category tracked by the OERB. Particularly troubling was the 53 for activities related to plan design, which includes selecting health and retirement offerings. It’s a strong signal that employers are already behind in taking the first, all-important step in what many benefit experts say should be a 12-month process to prepare for open enrollment.

    However, the low scores present an opportunity for advisers. Knowing that employers are struggling to initiate plan designs, experts say it’s a good time for them to call on clients, tout their expertise and offer guidance and support. Such outreach positions an adviser as a strategic business consultant, which can increase client retention.

    “Far too few employers are thinking about open enrollment at this time of year,” says EBA contributing editor Elliot Kass, the author of the monthly OERB report. “However, advisers should be working now with benefit executives to create strong health and retirement plans that align well with their employers’ business goals.”

    The Open Enrollment Readiness Benchmark is a data-based performance benchmark that gauges how prepared employers are for their annual employee benefits enrollment periods. The benchmark is sponsored by ADP. To produce the results, SourceMedia Research and EBA each month survey more than 400 pre-screened HR and benefits executives at organizations of various sizes and across multiple industries. These professionals are asked to rate their completion levels for 26 activities — from selecting health plans to reviewing enrollment metrics — that take place during the four critical phases of open enrollment: benefit plan design, enrollment preparation, enrollment management and post-enrollment analysis. Scores range from a low of zero to a high of 100 and reflect the degree to which an employer considers itself prepared for a particular activity. The activity scores are then averaged to determine scores for each of the four phases and an overall readiness score. A complete analysis of the most recent OERB data is available here.

    About Employee Benefit Adviser
    Employee Benefit Adviser (EBA) is the information resource for employee benefit advisers, brokers, agents and consultants, providing the current awareness and perspective they need to anticipate changes in the marketplace and optimally serve their clients. EBA delivers a broad range of critical content, including comparative market data, legal and regulatory updates, the latest products and services, and best practices in benefits delivery — including health insurance, vision and dental insurance, and voluntary and retirement benefits. The benefits broker community relies on EBA to stay connected through its website comment forums, its social media communities and live events.

    About SourceMedia Research
    SourceMedia Research is a full-service B2B market research service that draws upon SourceMedia’s market expertise and proprietary database of engaged executives to develop information and insights for clients. SourceMedia Research provides research solutions for marketers, agencies and others targeting sectors such as banking, payments, mortgage, accounting, employee benefits and wealth management.

    About SourceMedia
    SourceMedia, an Observer Capital company, is an innovative, growing digital business information and performance media company serving senior-level professionals in the financial, technology and healthcare sectors. Brands include American Banker, PaymentsSource, The Bond Buyer, Financial Planning, Accounting Today, Mergers & Acquisitions, National Mortgage News, Employee Benefit News and Health Data Management.

    About ADP
    Powerful technology plus a human touch. Companies of all types and sizes around the world rely on ADP’s cloud software and expert insights to help unlock the potential of their people. HR. Talent. Benefits. Payroll. Compliance. Working together to build a better workforce. For more information, visit http://www.adp.com.

    For more information, please contact:

    Dana Jackson
    dana.jackson@sourcemedia.com [dana.jackson@sourcemedia.com __title__ ]
    212-803-8329

    John McCormick
    john.mccormick@sourcemedia.com [john.mccormick@sourcemedia.com __title__ ]
    212-803-8509 Reported by PRWeb 57 minutes ago.

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    Private health insurers were entitled to lift their premiums by an average of 3.95 per cent from April 1 - the smallest annual increase in 17 years. Reported by Brisbane Times 8 hours ago.

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    You could owe 2.5% of adjusted income -- or more. Reported by Motley Fool 5 hours ago.

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    Rush University Medical Center and Shields Health Solutions announced today a partnership that will bring enhanced, life-changing specialty pharmacy services to people in the Chicago area living with complex chronic illnesses such as Rheumatoid Arthritis and Multiple Sclerosis.

    CHICAGO & QUINCY, Mass. (PRWEB) April 05, 2018

    Rush University Medical Center and Shields Health Solutions announced today a partnership that will bring enhanced, life-changing specialty pharmacy services to people in the Chicago area living with complex chronic illnesses such as Rheumatoid Arthritis and Multiple Sclerosis.

    The specialty pharmacy at Rush University Medical Center differs from mail-order and retail pharmacies primarily because it dispenses medications for complex diseases that require close patient monitoring, reporting and support for long periods of time. Patients using the specialty pharmacy at Rush have access to enhanced services that include care collaboration and coordination with a dedicated specialty pharmacy liaison.

    The role of a pharmacy liaison is to simplify medication and care management while reducing the total cost of care for patients. For example, pharmacy liaisons will help patients sort through insurance coverage, financial assistance, travel, coordinating clinic appointments, medication delivery and home care, among many other factors that impact care outcomes.

    “The services offered at our existing specialty pharmacy have improved health outcomes along several important dimensions and we see the expanded services as a means for continuing that trend toward long-term improved health,” said Irfan Merrani, Director, Business & Finance Operations, Health Delivery Management, L.L.C, Rush University Medical Center. “While measurable improvements in care outcomes are the driving force for the initiative, we also believe these specialty pharmacy services could lead to long term decreases in total cost of care. Patients who use medications dispensed from a specialty pharmacy like Rush’s are often managing the most complex illnesses. They are among the most courageous yet vulnerable in our population. Just a little extra support can be life changing.”

    Shields is providing a purpose-build technology, called TelemetryRx (TM) that will help physicians at Rush identify which patients can benefit most from the additional support offered by their specialty pharmacy programs. The technology further helps Rush’s patient liaisons navigate all of the additional care services they provide for patients in the most efficient manner, always with a primary focus on improving patient outcomes. Further, Shields will be providing Rush with its national expertise in securing relationships with local and national insurance providers so patients will find it easier to have their insurance cover care provided at Rush.

    “Rush University Medical Center has earned a national reputation as a premier provider of care,” said Jack Shields, CEO, Shields Health Solutions. “We are committed to working with the exceptional team at Rush to share our expertise and expand the number of patients receiving care that can change their lives.”

    About Shields Health Solutions
    Shields Health Solutions is a specialty pharmacy integrator and care provider, partnering with hospital leaders on every aspect of specialty pharmacy creation, growth and management. The company provides the fastest, lowest risk model for health systems to create or grow a hospital-owned specialty pharmacy program.

    In doing so, Shields provides health systems with on-site pharmacy and care professionals, a purpose-built specialty pharmacy technology platform, and access to 80+ percent of all limited distribution drugs (LDDs) and most (health insurance) payors in the nation. Shields provides ownership of all specialty pharmacy assets in a health system’s name.

    Today many of the most respected health systems in the country, including UMass Memorial, Hartford Healthcare, and NYU Langone rely on Shields Health Solutions to start, grow and manage their specialty pharmacy programs. For more information about the company, visit http://www.shieldshealthsolutions.com.

    About Rush University Medical Center
    Rush is an academic health system whose mission is to improve the health of the patients and the diverse communities it serves with nationally recognized health care, education and research, as well as a commitment to community partnerships. The Rush system comprises Rush University Medical Center, Rush University, Rush Copley Medical Center and Rush Oak Park Hospital, as well as numerous outpatient care facilities. Rush University, with more than 2,500 students, is a health sciences university that comprises Rush Medical College, the College of Nursing, the College of Health Sciences and the Graduate College. Reported by PRWeb 5 hours ago.

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    Kathy's "top-level" private health insurance wasn't enough to cover the cost of breast cancer treatment. Reported by Brisbane Times 2 hours ago.

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    The percentage of large employers offering high-deductible health insurance plans rose across all regions of the US, accordin -More-  Reported by SmartBrief 23 hours ago.

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