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Employers Can Pay Workers to Track Weight, Exercise, U.S. Says

bloomberg.com — U.S. employers can reward workers with as much 30 percent of the cost of their health insurance benefits in return for participation in programs to monitor weight, cholesterol and other "wellness" measures, the Obama administration said Thursday. Many employers already have such programs, though there has been debate over how far they can go.

Obamacare Savings Experiment Yields Modest Results in Study

bloomberg.com — An ambitious Obamacare experiment in cutting health-care costs led to a reduction of about 1.2 percent in spending on Medicare patients in its first year, researchers said, calling the savings a promising start. Still, the government may need to make changes to keep hospitals and doctors in the program, known as Pioneer, Harvard University researchers said in a paper published by the New England Journal of Medicine.

Aetna Fined $1 Million for Confusing Medicare Pharmacy Changes

bloomberg.com — Aetna Inc. was fined $1 million for providing erroneous information about pharmacies covered by its Medicare drug plans this year, potentially misleading elderly and disabled customers, according to the U.S. government. The company told Medicare patients that its plans covered medicine at 6,887 pharmacies that actually weren't in its networks, the U.S.

Obamacare Aids Economy, White House Says Without Much Evidence

bloomberg.com — Obamacare is a boon to the U.S. economy, President Barack Obama's top economic adviser said in a speech aimed at changing the tone of debate over the Affordable Care Act's effects, though he offered little direct evidence.

Lawmakers Try to End ‘Doc Fix’ That Ain’t Necessarily Broken

bloomberg.com — (Bloomberg) -- Maybe the "doc fix" shouldn't be fixed. Pressured by the health-care industry, Congress is rushing to permanently raise pay for doctors who participate in Medicare. A new bill would replace the decade-long practice of funding periodic pay increases for physicians by cutting spending in other parts of the $622 billion program.

Dozens of startups in health law's wake reveal law as job creator

courant.com — More than 90 new health-care companies employing as many as 6,200 people have been created in the United States since the Affordable Care Act became law, a level of entrepreneurial activity that participants say may be unprecedented for the industry.

Dozens of Startups in Obamacare’s Wake Reveal Law as Job Creator

bloomberg.com — (Bloomberg) -- More than 90 new health-care companies employing as many as 6,200 people have been created in the U.S. since Obamacare became law, a level of entrepreneurial activity that participants say may be unprecedented for the industry.

Senators Demand Anthem Hasten Notifications on Data Breach

bloomberg.com — (Bloomberg) -- Two senior U.S. senators demanded Anthem Inc. pick up the pace in notifying as many as 79 million Americans that their personal information may have been stolen from the health insurer in a computer breach last month. Anthem, which runs Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in 14 states, said Feb.

Drugmakers Turn Heat on Insurers by Backing Copay Limits: Health

bloomberg.com — (Bloomberg) -- The battle over soaring U.S. drug prices is heading for the states. With the price of some treatments topping $100,000, patient groups are pushing for state laws to make sure insurers cover most of the costs. Their campaign is backed by an important ally: the drug industry.

Obamacare May Get More Time for a Solution, Justice Alito Says

bloomberg.com — (Bloomberg) -- Justice Samuel Alito floated the idea of giving the government more time to respond if the Supreme Court strikes down tax credits for millions of people insured under Obamacare.
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Apr 25, 2015

Wife knew a Bonchon opened in the neighborhood and didn't immediately notify me. Need a good lawyer.

Apr 24, 2015

@newsdoc @JasonMillman yeah, belatedly, congrats on joining the ranks of lower middle management yourself, Jason.

Apr 24, 2015

Some personal news: It's my last day as a health-care reporter. (For now?) Starting Monday I'm an editor on our White House team.

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