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NEW YORK, May 31, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- According to the market research report published by P&S Market research, global self-monitoring blood glucose devices market size is forecasted to reach $18.6 billion by 2023, according to P&S Market Research.
This growth in the market is attributed to the increasing prevalence of diabetes, surge in geriatric population, and technological advancements. Moreover, increasing awareness about diabetic care, rising obese population, and favorable in health insurance and reimbursement scenario are also driving the growth of the market, globally.
On the basis of type, the self-monitoring blood glucose devices market is categorized into strips, glucose meters, lancets and others. Among all types, strips held the largest share in the market, accounting for more than 80.0% contribution in 2017.
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Self-monitoring blood glucose devices are mainly used for monitoring type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Between the two, the use of self-monitoring blood glucose devices is expected to exhibit faster growth for monitoring type 2 diabetes, with a CAGR of 6.0% during the forecast period. This is attributed to the rising prevalence of type 2 diabetes among adults, which is substantiated from the fact that, among all diabetes cases, 90% to 95% of the cases are found to be suspected with type 2.
During the forecast period, the self-monitoring blood glucose devices market is projected to witness the fastest growth in Asia-Pacific (APAC), with a CAGR of 7.0%. This can be attributed to the increasing prevalence of type 2 diabetes, surging geriatric population, and government spending on healthcare in the region. According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), in 2017, around 82 million of adults (20-79 years) were found to be suspected with diabetes in Southeast Asia, constituting a prevalence of 8.5% in the region; of those, around 45.8% were undiagnosed.
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In addition, rising awareness about diabetes and its complications such as, delayed wound healing and diabetic foot ulcer) is also accelerating the growth of self-monitoring blood glucose devices market in the region. For instance, in October 2018, IDF has announced to organize an event titled as “IDF Diabetes Complications and Foot Congress 2018”, in Hyderabad, India. The event would provide information diabetes and complications associated with it, along with its management.
Key players are launching various products in the self-monitoring blood glucose devices industry to increase their market share. For instance, in August 2017, Nova Biomedical launched the CE-Marked critical care analyzer, Stat Profile Prime Plus, for improving the testing standards. It provides 22 essential critical care tests that include blood gases, electrolytes, metabolites, hematology, and co-oximetry. Prime Plus also features new and patented, non-lysing whole blood co-oximetry technology, along with automated quality control (QC), powerful data management, bidirectional connectivity, and extensive cybersecurity protection.
Some of the other key players (other than those mentioned above) operating in the self-monitoring blood glucose devices market are Johnson & Johnson, Sinocare Inc., ARKRAY Inc., Medtronic plc, B. Braun Melsungen AG, Abbott Laboratories, and Bayer AG.
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Company recalls milestones, talks of international expansion, and looks to future innovations.
MADISON, Wisc. and SEATTLE (PRWEB) May 31, 2018
Datica™ announced today that this month marks the company’s 5th anniversary since carving out a niche market in 2013 when it first addressed compliance and security in the cloud. Today, Datica’s Platform for healthcare continues its evolution in one of the most highly regulated industries in the U.S. and has become an enabler for cloud-based strategies.
Last year, the company launched its first international pod and will be adding more in 2018. Getting in front of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been a driving force for Datica over the past year and a half. In 2017, the company began a GDPR audit process of its Platform, a move that soon makes the Platform compliant with the regulations of HIPAA, HITRUST, GDPR and GxP.
Other milestones Datica (originally founded under the name Catalyze) has had since its May 2013 launch include:· Raised $12.5 Million in funding since inception
· First to make the Kubernetes technology for deploying containerized workloads HITRUST CSF Certified
· Selected as a premier healthcare speaker at AWS re:Invent 2017, and featured in the main keynote at the 2018 Microsoft Build conference
· Pioneered the Digital Health Success Framework, leading to industry-wide acclaim, including presenting at Health 2.0 and SXSW
· Embraced a virtual workforce in 2013, tapping top healthcare technology talent across the nation
“Since 2013, we’ve put an emphasis on supporting customers by controlling growth, and in the first half of 2018 we’ve continued that company focus by spending all available resources on engineering and servicing customers, “ said Travis Good, MD, CEO and chief privacy officer. “When I think back to the start of the company, it’s humbling to see how our customer base has expanded from early-stage startups, then to mature healthcare vendors, and finally to the Fortune 500 mix of enterprise customers. It’s the compliance and security aspects that bring these customers to Datica; it’s core to our mission, so we ensure the Platform remains first and foremost secure.”
As Datica celebrates the past five years, it’s also a time to look to the future. Though healthcare has, up until now, been a core focus of the company, Datica's newly introduced Cloud Compliance Management System will open a host of new opportunities for organizations to manage the compliant state of their entire enterprises in one actionable view — across multiple clouds and within multiple industries. "As we expand our partnerships with Microsoft Azure and AWS, and on to Google Cloud, Datica will explore offering end-to-end compliance beyond healthcare," said Good.
The Datica Platform is designed for those who store, manage and share protected health information (PHI) in the cloud and manages all ongoing compliance and security burdens found within the exacting standards of HIPAA, HITRUST, GDPR, and GxP. Customers can license and deploy cloud-native applications on their own cloud account, or tap Datica’s cloud account to receive compliance, security and electronic health record (EHR) integration expertise to launch and manage applications. Datica’s Kubernetes-enabled platform customers include mid-to-late stage startups to Fortune 100 companies across the healthcare spectrum: solution providers, hospital organizations, pharmaceutical giants and nationwide health insurance payers. For more information, go to Datica.com. Reported by PRWeb 4 hours ago.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law a measure requiring that residents carry health insurance or pay a penalty. The legislation comes in response to congressional Republicans’ repeal of the mandate contained in the Affordable Care Act in last year’s tax bill. The law’s sponsors say the requirement keeps health […]
Reported by Seattle Times 23 hours ago.
Tatia Cooper is Elevated to Home Care Associates CEO as Karen Kulp Announces Her Retirement
PHILADELPHIA (PRWEB) May 31, 2018
Tomorrow Tatia Cooper begins a new professional chapter as CEO of Home Care Associates but she’s no stranger to the organization. She began working at the worker-owned cooperative, a nationally recognized welfare to workforce model, back in 1994 as a job coach. She’s had many positions since and couldn’t be more qualified to take on the top leadership role at the Center City based organization that employs more than 200 workers.
That’s according to outgoing CEO Karen Kulp who retires today after 16 years with Home Care Associates. She sees Cooper’s ascension to CEO as the natural progression for a top human services professional. According to Kulp, Cooper has been critical to the cooperative’s mission of providing quality care.
“Cooper is a leader who demonstrates Home Care Associates’ philosophy that quality home care is delivered by individuals who lead quality lives,” Kulp said. “Central to Home Care Associates’ business model is creating quality jobs. With better jobs, our workers better themselves and their families. There’s no one who understands that more than Tatia.”
Home Care Associates’ workers receive above-average pay and benefits such as company-paid health insurance, a pension plan, life insurance, paid time off, free SEPTA trans passes and the opportunity to purchase company stock and become worker owners. Worker owners are entitled to a share of the company’s profits and a vote at the shareholders’ meeting.
“I’ve had great mentors,” Cooper said. She’s ready to take the reins. “At Home Care Associates, we share a commitment, a loyalty and a passion for our clients in need of home care and for our workers who need employment.” She noted with pride that more than 60 percent of Home Care Associates’ employees formerly received public assistance. Client satisfaction is consistently higher than the national average.
Cooper personally developed tools and approaches that impact Home Care Associates’ workers’ success. Included are supportive approaches to housing, health, transportation and child care challenges.
Cooper earned a Masters of Human Services degree from Lincoln University and is a graduate of North Clayton High School in Atlanta. She is one of many family members with careers in health and human services. Cooper resides in Philadelphia.
Founded in 1993, Home Care Associates is certified as a socially-conscious B Corp. For its innovative approach to job training and health care services, Home Care Associates was recognized with the Pennsylvania Homecare Association’s Best Practices Award, the Governor’s Achievement Award, the American Society on Aging’s Best Practice Award, the Better Business Bureau’s Best Health Service Award and the Philadelphia County Assistance Office’s Employer Recognition Award. For more information, contact Lisa Simon, lsimon(at)sprytecom.com, 215.370.5956. Reported by PRWeb 1 day ago.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s commercial health insurers want to increase rates by as much as 10 percent next year. The state health insurance commissioner’s office is currently reviewing the rate requests and taking public comment. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, the state’s largest insurer, wants to increase rates by 10.6 […]
Reported by Seattle Times 17 hours ago.
Supplemental voluntary health insurance professionals will gather in Philadelphia September 5-7
WESTVILLE, Ind. (PRWEB) June 01, 2018
The National Association of Supplemental Benefit Insurance (NASBI), the nation’s leading advocacy organization for supplemental health benefits professionals, will host its 16th annual Supplemental Benefits Forum this September in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This forum has grown to become the must-attend event for insurance specialists from across the country, with professional development opportunities for those in product development, underwriting, marketing and sales, claims, risk management, and administration.
This year’s program will offer three tracks to choose from:
1) The Critical Illness/Accident and Hospital Indemnity track will cover key aspects of these supplemental benefits, including foundational information, deep dives into industry experience and innovative ideas on future product development.
2) The Life/Short Term Disability track will highlight the latest developments in these specialties and will look at innovative ways to market what some consider to be lower-growth products.
3) The General track will offer a host of opportunities to learn about compliance, corporate responsibility, technology, value-added services, industry innovations, and more!
“I’m so excited about the breadth of information that we are going to be offering at this year’s forum,” said Katherine Johnsen Read, Director of Accident and Health Product Development at MetLife, NASBI Vice President, and chair of the 2018 Supplemental Benefits Forum. “Every year, we build on what we’ve learned and try to add unique and exciting new sessions. I believe we truly have something for everyone this year.”
“This is absolutely one of the premier events in the insurance industry,” added Darrell Spell, member of the NASBI Board of Directors and Principal of Milliman, Inc., one of the world's largest providers of actuarial and related products and services. “This is an opportunity to get a wealth of industry knowledge in one place—and do some high-level networking as well.”
The Supplemental Benefits Forum will be held at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Philadelphia from September 5 through 7, 2018. Registration is now open, with special pricing available for a limited time. The roster of guest speakers will be announced soon.
To register or learn more about the event, visit NASBI’s website at http://www.nasbi.org.
NASBI was formed in 2002 as NACII. For sixteen years, the organization has served as the leading advocate for critical illness insurance and supplemental benefits in the United States. NASBI has spearheaded programs designed to educate and disseminate information in an effort to increase knowledge of the growing need for supplemental insurance and promote the development of insurer products. NASBI also works to address key insurance department regulatory issues on behalf of industry professionals. In 2017, the organization recognized its expanded focus with the name change to NASBI, and they now include the full array of supplemental health products in their mission. Reported by PRWeb 4 hours ago.
There are high odds that at some point in your old age, you will need the kind of care that regular health insurance doesn't cover.
Reported by Motley Fool 52 minutes ago.
Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP’s Alayne M. Opie and Whitney Welch-Kirmse, litigation associates in the firm’s Las Vegas office, have been listed in Nevada Business Magazine’s 2018 Legal Elite.
LAS VEGAS (PRWEB) June 01, 2018
Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP’s Alayne M. Opie and Whitney Welch-Kirmse, litigation associates in the firm’s Las Vegas office, have been listed in Nevada Business Magazine’s 2018 Legal Elite.
The prestigious annual list features attorneys who have been recognized by their peers as among the top in their field. Nevada Business Magazine uses an extensive verification process, and reviews thousands of nominations to select the list of honorees.
Opie, receiving this award for a third straight year, focuses her practice on defense litigation, with an emphasis on business and commercial, product, employment, and legal malpractice disputes. Opie has experience in state, federal, and multidistrict courts, including single plaintiff actions and mass tort actions. Additionally, she has successfully litigated cases involving consumer finance, construction defect, insurance bad faith, and gaming.
Welch-Kirmse focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation matters, with an emphasis on construction, employment and contract disputes. Welch-Kirmse has experience defending government entities and municipalities in federal court. Her experience also includes defending class action lawsuits related to health insurance administration and product liability. Additionally, she routinely handles consumer finance, gaming, and premises liability cases.
About Greenberg Traurig Las Vegas: In Nevada, Greenberg Traurig counsels clients in appellate, construction, corporate and securities, entertainment, gaming, intellectual property, litigation, and real estate matters.
About Greenberg Traurig, LLP: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GT) has more than 2,000 attorneys in 38 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. GT has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, was named the largest firm in the U.S. by Law360 in 2017, and is among the Top 20 on the 2017 Am Law Global 100. Web: http://www.gtlaw.com Twitter: @GT_Law. Reported by PRWeb 16 hours ago.
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court will hear arguments in a dispute over health insurance premiums refunded to Genesee County government. The county drain commissioner, Jeff Wright, and others are suing Genesee County, saying it should have shared premium refunds from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Blue Cross refunded money if premiums […]
Reported by Seattle Times 14 hours ago.
When it comes to building a company, choosing the appropriate location to launch is an important decision, but also a daunting one. While entrepreneurs have traditionally swarmed to Silicon Valley to kick off their companies, more and more founders are thinking beyond California's borders .
Among their top choices is New York, where the city is leading the way when in terms of both venture capital spending and female entrepreneurship.
If you're considering launching a company, here are the top 6 reasons why you should consider launching in the Big Apple:
-1. You'll have access to top talent.-
In a recent interview with The Verge's Casey Newton, Zola co-founder and CEO Shan-Lyn Ma said that she chose to build her company in New York because of its talented workforce.
"New York is now at a point where we’ve had multiple rounds of successful startups exit," said Ma. "We’ve built up a critical mass of tech startup talent across engineering, product design, et cetera," she said.
There's a compelling financial incentive in building a company in New York as well: It's often cheaper to employ tech talent in the Big Apple. Employers in Silicon Valley typically pay more for the average engineering position than in New York. Glassdoor estimates that entry-level software engineering jobs in Silicon Valley typically command around $10,000 more than their New York City counterparts. -2. If you're building a company that has anything to do with finance or fashion, starting up in New York just makes sense.-
New York isn't considered the world capital of finance and fashion for nothing.
In the past few years, several finance and fashion-focused companies have taken root in the city. Among them are health insurance company Oscar Health, Shan-Lyn Ma's own wedding-centered startup Zola, and popular low-cost online glasses store Warby Parker.
According to Ma: "If you’re in fashion, if you’re in the financial services, or you need access to financial services partners, or any industry that happens to thrive in New York, then you want to be here, because it’s a 10-minute ride to anyone you would ever want to meet, and you could set up a meeting that morning and meet them that afternoon."-3. There's lots of venture capital.-
While Silicon Valley might be renowned for blue-chip firms like Andreessen-Horowitz, Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, and Sequoia Capital, there's a number of New York-based firms that are equally important.
Firms like Union Square Ventures, Lux Capital, and Greycroft are all known for their smart investments and high-profile portfolio companies.
Additionally, New York is quickly becoming a top contender when it comes to investing in new companies: Last year, the city beat out the San Francisco Bay Area for the amount of venture capital deployed by around $50 million.
See the rest of the story at Business Insider Reported by Business Insider 19 hours ago.
Even in the age of Trump, the United States is making progress toward universal health insurance and universal pre-K.
Reported by NYTimes.com 10 hours ago.
The back-and-forth between healthcare providers and third-party payers is stalling any progress toward true healthcare price transparency. The only way to usher in effective change toward transparency is to force change using solutions other than legislation, says MyMedicalShopper.
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (PRWEB) June 04, 2018
At the heart of the ongoing healthcare industry upheaval is an increasing demand for price transparency from healthcare consumers. The current unsatisfactory system often leaves employers and individual consumers holding the bill for tremendous medical costs, including high premiums and surprise medical bills. Progress toward price transparency is stalled as healthcare providers and insurance companies continue to dance around the issue—and at this point, it’s clear that the ongoing rhetoric will do nothing to actually help bring healthcare costs down. Proposed legislative solutions threatening to force providers and third-party payers to be transparent in their pricing, says industry leader MyMedicalShopper, is meaningless. Connecting consumers with medical price transparency tools that allow them to weigh all options, at all price points, before seeking the care they need is what will reset the healthcare market.
“Many believe this won’t be fixed without healthcare price legislation—however that is exactly what won’t fix it. Mandates like this hurt rather than help and basically just gives the industry an ability to say ‘they complied’—yet this has ZERO value for price transparency. It is the ultimate in price obscurity,” said Mark Galvin, president and CEO of MyMedicalShopper.
Americans are already used to consumer-based pricing models in the vast majority of other service industries. Now, patients expect their experiences with healthcare providers to mimic the experiences they have in the retail space.(1) This is especially true for individuals with high-deductible insurance plans, which make up 36% of all people under the age of 65.(2) Whether insurance is obtained through employer-sponsored coverage or privately on the healthcare exchanges, people with high deductibles want to be able to compare their options for healthcare based on price, in addition to quality and convenience.
“Normally, if you lower the price, you get more customers—that’s called price elasticity. But in healthcare, that’s never been true. There’s so much secrecy around the pricing and the third-party payer pays the bill, so you never even know what was paid on your behalf. This creates a very distorted marketplace,” said Galvin.
But healthcare providers and third-party payers continue to muddy the waters, even as they claim they want to help. This rhetoric stalls progress toward solutions that would increase price transparency and drive healthcare spending down. Some healthcare organizations, such as the Federation of American Hospitals (FAH), suggest insurance companies should be the primary point of contact for pricing options and other information related to coverage.(3) But insurance companies claim they can’t offer transparent prices for policy holders because providers refuse to give up that information.
When providers are challenged to provide consumers with pricing up front, many reasons are cited as to why this is impossible. Providers note that healthcare costs, including high insurance premiums, are based on a variety of factors, including:(3)· Provider wages and labor
· Medication costs
· Medical equipment and supplies
· Patient volume
· Overall patient health
· “Social goods” shared by all patients, including caring for uninsured and underinsured individuals and 24/7 availability of care
Of course, while these factors all contribute to the cost of healthcare, none of them actually stand in the way of providers sharing up-front pricing for medical care with consumers, according to Galvin.
“This back-and-forth between providers and insurance companies is getting us nowhere, except further into financial trouble. The ongoing rhetoric ultimately impacts all Americans, including employers who provide health insurance to their employees and individuals who purchase their own insurance coverage,” says Galvin. “When you shine a light on pricing, you start to see a more normal market dynamic.”
Legislation is a long and slow process—intentionally—with less than 10% of proposed bills actually becoming laws. Remember, before a bill becomes a law it must pass both houses of Congress and signed into law by the President—and it must be passed during the same congressional session of its proposal, a period of one year. If not, it is dropped, and can only be revived through reintroduction and going through the whole process again. (4)
So while only a few legislators are just beginning to take steps to hold providers and third-party payers responsible for giving consumers a clear idea of what their healthcare will cost, putting this into effect, if ever, is another long road ahead. In Colorado, a new bill took effect on January 1, 2018 requiring healthcare providers and facilities to make prices for common healthcare services available to the public,(5) yet Galvin says the way the law is written, this is just obscuring the truth of a situation with misleading or irrelevant information.
“The prices they are publishing, (i.e., “charged amounts”), are not related to the amount anybody actually pays. Education by grassroots, debunking the lies, and empowering consumers and employers—not lobbyists—to take action to bring healthcare to the level of consumerism is what is needed.”
MyMedicalShopper offers real-time price transparency applications for consumers and employers to compare healthcare prices in their area so they can choose the service that’s right for them…and their wallets.
When consumers have the ability to know in advance what something is going to cost, and they have aligned financial incentives, they will act—no question.
MMS Analytics, Inc. dba MyMedicalShopperTM is a big data company with big dreams for healthcare. Co-founder and CEO Mark Galvin gave rise to the company out of the need to provide consumers and companies who provide healthcare benefits to their employees with transparency — the leverage needed to make solid decisions on their healthcare and improve their quality of life. Consumers previously ignorant of price variations in procedures and testing utilize real-time health insurance plan pricing information that makes it possible to choose care based on price, quality, and convenience. Experts document that as much as $1 Trillion could be slashed annually from the cost of healthcare in the U.S. just through careful shopping. Their goal is to transform the healthcare industry into a fair market for consumers. For more information visit http://www.MyMedicalShopper.com.
1. Price Transparency Crucial to Healthcare Consumerism Success. RevCycle Intelligence. https://revcycleintelligence.com/news/price-transparency-crucial-to-healthcare-consumerism-success
2. Health Insurance Coverage: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, January-March 2015. National Health Interview Survey Early Release Program. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/insur201508.pdf
3. Industry Orgs Express Concerns with Healthcare Price Transparency. RevCycle Intelligence. https://revcycleintelligence.com/news/industry-orgs-express-concerns-with-healthcare-price-transparency
4. “How a Bill Becomes a Law.” Ushistory.org, Independence Hall Association, http://www.ushistory.org/gov/6e.asp.
5. SB17-065 Transparency In Direct Pay Health Care Prices. Colorado General Assembly. https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb17-065 Reported by PRWeb 23 hours ago.
Nation’s biggest full-service remodelers and replacement contractors expect to grow markedly this year
WASHINGTON, D.C. (PRWEB) June 04, 2018
Hanley Wood, the premier information, media, event, and strategic marketing services company serving the residential, design and commercial construction industries, announces the release of the 2018 Remodeling 550 List. This list published by Hanley Wood’s REMODELING, is an annual ranking of the biggest full-service remodeling and replacement contractor firms, as well as the leading insurance restoration and franchise operations.
“You can tell from the 2017 reports and 2018 forecasts that today’s biggest remodeling companies are busier—and likely more successful—than ever before,” said Craig Webb, REMODELING’s editor-in-chief. “The top 300 full-service remodelers on our list earned 8% more in revenue in 2017 than they did in 2016, and they expect to increase another 12% this year,” Webb said. “Meanwhile, the list’s top 150 replacement contractor firms (generally, companies that specialize in home improvement work like roofing, siding, gutters, windows, and foundations) earned a whopping 41% more last year, and they predict 17% more growth in 2018.”
Those 2018 growth rates top that for all remodelers, based on data from Metrostudy. Metrostudy’s latest Residential Remodeling Index of economic conditions that promote remodeling suggests there will be a 5% rise in remodeling work this year.
The top 300 full-service firms and 150 biggest replacement contractors on this year’s REMODELING 550 collectively did nearly 635,000 remodeling projects worth $5.54 billion. Metrostudy’s reports indicate that this works out to about 5.3% of all big-ticket remodeling projects (i.e. jobs worth $1,000 and above) and 3% of all spending.
All 550 firms can be found online at http://www.remodelingmag.com There you can sort and filter the data, which includes information on the company’s location, 2017 revenues, number of projects, and average job size. The website also includes numerous charts and profiles that illuminate details regarding the group. For instance, REMODELING 550 members report improvements in the types of benefits they are providing workers, from health insurance to paternity leave.
The bulk of the information in the REMODELING 550 comes from the companies themselves based on their responses to an online survey. Additional information is collected via email, phone calls, and public sources.
REMODELING, published by Hanley Wood, is the leading publication in the home improvement industry. REMODELING has been and continues to be the indispensable tool that remodelers cannot do without—delivering the business know-how, product and technical information that home improvement pros need to help make smart decisions that will shape their project success.
About Hanley Wood
Hanley Wood is the premier company serving the information, media, and marketing needs of the residential, commercial design and construction industry. Utilizing the largest analytics and editorially driven Construction Industry Database, the company provides business intelligence and data-driven services. The company produces award-winning media, high-profile executive events, and strategic marketing solutions. To learn more, visit hanleywood.com. Reported by PRWeb 17 hours ago.
The state insurance commissioner said 11 insurers have filed 74 health plans for 2019. He said there would be no counties where health insurance wouldn't be available, although 14 would have only one insurer selling through Washington's Exchange, Washington Healthplanfinder.
Reported by Seattle Times 14 hours ago.
Insurers propose health care plans that will average a 19 percent rate increase in Washington's 2019 health insurance market.
Reported by SeattlePI.com 9 hours ago.
The 2018 America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) Institute & Expo will take place in San Diego, California, June 20-22. Advanced Medical Reviews (AMR), a designated AHIP Affiliate Organization Member, is proud to return as an AHIP Exhibitor in booth 318.
CULVER CITY, Calif. (PRWEB) June 05, 2018
The 2018 America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) Institute & Expo will take place in San Diego, California, June 20-22. Advanced Medical Reviews (AMR), a designated AHIP Affiliate Organization Member, is proud to return as an AHIP exhibitor in booth 318. This conference provides the opportunity for healthcare professionals across the country to come together and engage in creative, collaborative thinking to develop and present a brighter future for patients and providers. AMR is excited to meet with 4,000 other health care professionals to discuss advancements in patient care.
The AHIP Institute is one the largest and most respected health insurance conferences, bringing together industry experts, managers and executives, as well as innovative voices in health insurance. The key points of emphasis for this year’s conference include industry disruption and product innovation, value-based care strategies, navigating health reform and market transition, and more. The 2018 conference includes speeches by a wide range of health care leaders and stakeholders, as well as former President George W. Bush, who will participate in an exclusive conversation with the attendees.
“We look forward to exhibiting at AHIP each year,” says Dan Perlow, Vice-President of Strategic Partnerships, “Being able to attend this year’s show in San Diego, close to our main offices, provides us with a great opportunity to bring our entire team of Account Execs.” AMR will be represented by VPs of Enterprise Accounts, Jeff Schulze and Nelson Dunham, VPs of Strategic Partnerships, Dan Perlow and Amanda Marfise, Director of Client Success Natalya Dawkins, and Senior Account Manager Norma Nevarez.
Nelson Dunham, VP of Enterprise Accounts, adds, “We attend AHIP with a focus on fostering existing partnerships and nurturing new ones. As an Independent Review Organization (IRO), AMR brings value to the delivery of quality healthcare by providing specific recommendations regarding the appropriateness of a patient’s care. This is achieved through quality partnerships with payers, and quality is at the core of our beliefs- we believe every patient should receive quality healthcare.”
AMR is a leading provider of IRO and UM reviews, with URAC accreditation as an Independent Review Organization for Comprehensive Internal and External Reviews and as a Health Utilization Management Company. AMR also achieved HITRUST CSF certification in 2017, as part of its commitment to strengthening cybersecurity and protecting PHI. Using unmatched technology and a network of health care specialists, AMR provides independent medical reviews that benefit patients, private practices, insurance companies, hospitals and other health care facilities.
About Advanced Medical Reviews
AMR delivers physician-led peer reviews to a diverse group of healthcare and legal organizations, including commercial plans, Medicare, and Medicaid. Our commitment is to provide clients with fully integrated, compliant, and cost-effective services emphasizing continuous quality improvement, innovation, and client satisfaction. At AMR, we believe every patient should receive quality healthcare.
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Embrace shares how to avoid pesky ticks this season and what to do if a pet does get bit.
CLEVELAND (PRWEB) June 05, 2018
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2018 is expected to be one of the worst tick seasons to date. To help pet parents prepare, Embrace Pet Insurance has put together some tips on how to protect pets from these pests, as well as some real-life examples of what can happen if a pet does come down with a tickborne illness.
Ticks can carry Lyme Disease, which can be very dangerous for dogs, as in the case of this mixed-breed pup who racked up several thousand dollars in vet bills from a Lyme diagnosis. There are also numerous other tickborne diseases that are commonly seen in the U.S. that can affect dogs including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, which this Cocker Spaniel came down with while on a trip with her family. Life-threatening complications and a five-day hospital stay led to more than $15,000 in veterinary bills. Luckily, both dogs were protected by Embrace, so they were able to get the veterinary care needed without their owners having to stress about the costs.
What can pet owners do to keep pets safe during tick season? Avoiding tick-heavy areas, including tall grass and wooded areas, can significantly decrease the risk of crossing paths with tick-borne diseases. Talking to a veterinarian to see if the Lyme vaccine is appropriate for a furry companion is also recommended; if they spend time outdoors, chances are they might be a good candidate for it. While it’s true that ticks are more active during warmer months, that does not mean they disappear when temperatures drop. In fact, ticks can be found still very much alive in temperatures as low as 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Dogs should be given a thorough look over after playing outside or going on a walk, to make sure an unwanted tick didn’t catch a ride home. Last, but certainly not least, use a vet-recommended tick preventative. It can take between two to five months for symptoms of tickborne illness to even begin to show, so prevention is crucial in keeping pets safe. Tick prevention products come in several forms, including a chew or tablet, a collar, or a topical method, all of which can be claimed for reimbursement under an Embrace Wellness Rewards plan.
A pet owner finds a tick on their dog, what now? If a pet parent does find a tick on their four-legged friend, it’s important to take quick, but careful action. Clean the area with rubbing alcohol first, then get as close to the head of the tick as possible with a pair of sharp, pointy tweezers and pull straight up. Make sure to clean the area again with more rubbing alcohol to sanitize it. If the dog is not on a regular tick preventative, it’s never a bad idea to check in with a veterinarian.
What are possible symptoms of tickborne illness? If a dog starts showing symptoms including fever, loss of appetite, lameness, joint swelling, or unusual behavior/not acting like themselves, pet owners should take their dog to the vet right away.
About Embrace Pet Insurance
Embrace Pet Insurance is a top-rated pet health insurance provider for dogs and cats in the United States. Embrace offers one simple yet comprehensive accident and illness insurance plan that is underwritten by American Modern Insurance Group, Inc. In addition to insurance, Embrace offers Wellness Rewards, an optional preventative care product that is unique to the industry. Wellness Rewards reimburses for routine veterinary visits, grooming, vaccinations, training, and much more with no itemized limitations. Embrace is a proud member of the North American Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA) and continues to innovate and improve the pet insurance experience for pet parents across the country. For more information about Embrace Pet Insurance, visit http://www.embracepetinsurance.com or call (800) 511-9172 Reported by PRWeb 3 hours ago.
For the third consecutive year, World Synergy has been named winner of the Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) American Web Design Award for Corporate Responsive Website Design of client Roundstone Insurance
CLEVELAND (PRWEB) June 05, 2018
World Synergy has been named winner of the 2018 Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) American Web Design Award for Corporate Responsive Website Design.
The responsive website was designed for and in conjunction with World Synergy client Roundstone Insurance, a Lakewood, Ohio based provider of captive health insurance solutions. The site launched in early 2018 and provides a completely responsive experience that meets the dynamic needs of customers, including a featured cost-savings calculator.
“When Roundstone asked us to partner with them on this project, we couldn’t have been more excited. The ability to collaborate with such an amazing and forward-thinking organization and create a showcase solution was such a privilege,” said Glenn Smith, CEO of World Synergy. “We are honored to be recognized as winners of the 2018 American Web Design award, and proudly share this with our partners at Roundstone Insurance.”
Art Director Jay Kozar, and Senior Applications Engineer Ross Ritchey created a visually strong responsive website that provides ease of use and functionality to Roundstone’s clients. World Synergy and Roundstone Insurance are planning the launch of Roundstone University, an online learning management system, which will debut later this year.
This marks World Synergy’s third year in a row winning the GDUSA American Web Design Award, a feat for the company as they continue to grow and expand their web design solutions.
About World Synergy
World Synergy assists clients with integrated business service needs by offering a unique and customized combination of Marketing, Applications, and Technology solutions. Created specifically for owners and executives, World Synergy’s proven Integrated Business Services Model helps clients achieve scale, longevity, growth, and profitability while driving company alignment and revenues, and reducing business friction and costs.
About Roundstone Insurance
Roundstone Management, Ltd. (“Roundstone”) based in Lakewood, Ohio is an insurance organization offering middle-market employers (20-1,000 employees) a proven health insurance solution. Roundstone delivers an alternative to ever-increasing insurance costs through transparency, control and cost savings. For more information on Roundstone, please visit RoundstoneInsurance.com.
GDUSA’s 55-year-old flagship graphic design awards competition is open to everyone in the community: graphic designers of all kinds; corporate and non-profit, in-house departments; ad agencies and marketing firms; universities and colleges, and more. For the past five decades, the editors of Graphic Design USA have joined thousands of creative professionals who have been recognized by this national design competition. Reported by PRWeb 1 hour ago.
Dublin, June 05, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "EMEA 3D CBCT/Cone Beam CT Systems Market by Application (Dental (Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Implantology, Orthodontic, Endodontic) and Non-Dental (Radiology, ENT)), End User (Hospitals and Clinics, Diagnostic Centres) - Forecast to 2023" report has been added to *ResearchAndMarkets.com's* offering.The EMEA 3D cone beam computed tomography systems market is projected to reach USD 300.4 million by 2023 from estimated USD 194.3 million in 2018, at a CAGR of 9.0%.With increasing disposable incomes, rising healthcare expenditure, and the availability of health insurance, the willingness to undergo expensive cosmetic procedures in various countries has increased. The growing prevalence of dental disorders is also expected to boost the demand for advanced dental imaging systems such as 3D CBCT. However, a majority of private dental practitioners in this region have limited budgets; this constraint, in addition to a lack of favorable reimbursement, is negatively impacting the adoption of new and advanced technologies in this region.
On the basis of application, the market is broadly segmented into dental and non-dental applications. Dental applications are further subsegmented into implantology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, endodontics, and other dental applications. The non-dental applications segment is subsegmented into ENT and radiology. Dental applications segment is expected to register the highest growth during the forecast period. Growth in this market segment can be attributed to the growing demand for dental implants market, increase in the number of vendors offering CBCT units, wide applications of CBCT in orthodontics that provide significant growth opportunities for CBCT system manufacturers, and the lower cost per procedures.
On the basis of end users, the EMEA 3D CBCT systems market is segmented into hospitals & clinics and diagnostic centers. The hospitals and clinics end user segment is expected to register the highest growth during the forecast period. The large share of this segment is primarily attributed to the growing number of dental clinics and hospitals worldwide and the wide adoption of dental imaging 3D CBCT systems by small and large dental clinics and hospitals.
Europe region is expected to witness the highest growth during the forecast period (2018 to 2023). The spending on oral healthcare services has witnessed a significant increase over the years in European countries. Furthermore, a favorable reimbursement scenario and presence of a large number of prominent players (leading to greater availability and accessibility of CBCT systems for end users in this region) are considered positive indicators for high market growth in the region.*Key Topics Covered:**1 Introduction*
*2 Research Methodology*
*3 Executive Summary*
*4 Market Overview*
4.1.1 Rising Incidence of Dental Disorders
4.1.2 Growing Demand for Cosmetic Dentistry
4.1.3 Technological Advancements
4.2.1 High Cost of CBCT Systems
4.3.1 High Growth Potential in the Middle East and Africa
4.3.2 Acceptance of CBCT Systems for Breast Imaging
4.4.1 Management of High Volumes of Image Data
*5 3D Cone Beam Computed Tomography Systems Market, By Application*
5.2.2 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
5.2.5 Other Dental Application
5.3 Non Dental
*6 3D Cone Beam Computed Tomography Systems Market, By End User*
6.2 Hospitals and Clinics
6.3 Diagnostic Centers
*7 3D Cone Beam Computed Tomography Systems Market, By Region/Country*
7.1.6 Rest of Europe
7.2 Middle East
*8 Company Profiles*
8.1 Danaher Corporation
8.2 Carestream Dental
8.3 Dentsply Sirona, Inc.
8.4 Planmeca Group
8.5 Vatech Co., Ltd.
8.6 Cefla S.C
8.7 J. Morita Corp
8.8 Acteon Group
8.9 Asahiroentgen Ind. Co., Ltd.
8.10 Genoray Co., Ltd.For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/x8csxs/300_million?w=12
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