Monthly Archives: July 2014

 

How to Challenge Your Friends to Step Up

How to Challenge Your Friends to Step Up

It’s basic but true: Your chances of starting and sticking with a fitness program increase if you’re among friends. The motivation and encouragement — and even a little healthy competition — that a group provides is hard to replicate by yourself. To help you get started, we want to share some tips that have proven […]
Why Are Some Insurers Issuing Rebates?

Why Are Some Insurers Issuing Rebates?

It might seem like a nice surprise to get a check in the mail that you weren’t expecting. But if that check comes from a health insurer, you might want to think about whether it really is a good deal. The Affordable Care Act requires individual and group health insurers to publicly report their medical […]
Suntans Fade, but the Sun’s Effects Last a Lifetime

Suntans Fade, but the Sun’s Effects Last a Lifetime

Odds are we all know someone who has been affected by skin cancer. More than 1 million Americans are diagnosed with it each year, according to the American Cancer Society, including almost 60,000 people with melanoma — the most serious type. To avoid becoming one of these statistics, it’s important to know how to stay […]
What to Know and Do About Medical Overtreatment

What to Know and Do About Medical Overtreatment

Have you ever wondered if every medical test or procedure is really necessary? Clearly, some aren’t. The Institute of Medicine says $210 billion is wasted each year on medical overtreatment — tests and procedures that either aren’t necessary or duplicate previous tests. Overtreatment can even happen when you do something as simple as switching doctors. […]
Progress in the March Toward Better Health Care Value

Progress in the March Toward Better Health Care Value

You might not know it, but the odds are increasing that your doctor or hospital is getting paid for the quality of care you receive. The world of medical payments continues to shift in favor of health care value, and away from the volume of procedures performed, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association says […]
Health Care Fraud: The $80 Billion Crime

Health Care Fraud: The $80 Billion Crime

In a nation that spends a few trillion dollars a year on health care, there are bound to be some who try to take advantage of the system for their own gain. After all, it’s just a drop in the bucket, right? Wrong. These fraudulent actions have a big and expensive impact. In 2013, the FBI estimated that health care fraud costs the U.S. $80 billion every year. Other estimates..
Grill it Up – In Good Health – This July 4th

Grill it Up – In Good Health – This July 4th

One of the best ways to eat healthy this summer just might be waiting in your back yard. That’s right, I’m talking about your grill, that quintessential summertime cooking surface.