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Health care in America

Health care in America
Obamacare's effects will not be fully understood for years; but it will never be the core of the problem. If America wants to stick to the idea that it has a health-care market, then it should focus on trying to make it more like a market—with prices …
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The Two Issues That Could Bring Down Obamacare
Today marks the one-year anniversary for Obamacare's health exchanges—which have helped more than 7 million people across the country enroll in health coverage. And while Obamacare's marketplace is settling in for its second year, serious issues are …
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US says 115000 could lose Obamacare insurance over immigration

US says 115000 could lose Obamacare insurance over immigration
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Monday said 115,000 people in 36 states could lose their private health insurance under Obamacare after Sept. 30, because of unresolved data problems involving their citizenship or immigration …
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In just a year Obamacare goes from top Congress issue to barely mentioned
Was it really only a year ago that we were gearing up for the big unveil of Healthcare.gov where the uninsured could seamlessly go online and shop for health care as they would their vacation travel? It was last September when Republicans sparred with …
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In one year, Obamacare goes from top congressional issue to barely mentioned
With so many other issues at center stage this fall, the health-care law is simply not on voters' minds. Our colleague Aaron Blake noted this month that polls show voters are generally unhappy with the country's direction, but few cite Obamacare as the …
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Crawford Advisors Milestone: 50th Benefits and Compliance Webinar – Four Years of Webinars Now Online


Hun Valley, MD (PRWEB) July 22, 2014

Crawford Advisors has invested heavily in technology and resources to help employers with more than 100 participating employees navigate evolving PPACA compliance and administration challenges. One of these resources is its popular, complimentary monthly compliance and benefits webinar series. The series features experts, including Crawford Advisors senior counsel Patrick Haynes, on a wide variety of benefits, compliance and administration topics germane to CEOs, CFOs and HR professionals. The July webinar, marking the 50th consecutive webinar of the series, is titled, “HDHPs – Complete Replacement, Additional Offering, Solution to the Cadillac Tax.” Register here for this webinar.

Crawford Advisors is renowned for its thorough understanding of PPACA and the changing implications for employers. It leverages the latest in tools, technology and services to ensure optimum coverages while controlling costs. To visit this compliance and benefits online webinar library or sign up for an upcoming webinar or monthly newsletter, click here.

Other recent webinars offered in this monthly program include:


Reference Based Pricing Plans: How and When Will These Plans Impact Employers?
Mitigating the Likelihood of DOL Audits & Preparing an Effective Response
Low Cost Compliance: Copper and Skinny Plans    
Industry Panel Discussion: FMLA/ADA/Worker’s Compensation
Impact of Private Exchanges: Federal, State and Pre-Obamacare Exchanges
PPACA: Federal Delay Does Not Remove Compliance Issues

This webinar library is open to all HR professionals – but not brokers, agents, or TPAs.

Crawford Advisors, LLC helps organizations design, implement and administer health, life, disability and voluntary benefit programs. The result is a benefits program that is cost effective and maximizes employee value while meeting the needs of the bottom line. Crawford’s expert team guides companies in the areas of strategic design, financial analysis, administration and employee health improvement to help deliver the best value for what has become one of the largest expenses for most organizations. Crawford Advisors is one of the nation’s largest and best-equipped full-service benefits consulting and brokerage firms. Crawford’s expert team provides sophisticated solutions and comprehensive services to furnish the best value for companies’ health and welfare benefits. Call 800-451-8519 for a complimentary executive consultation.







Healthcare Reform and Operating Room Efficiency


Yakima, Wash. (PRWEB) June 26, 2014

One of the goals of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is to cut costs and improve efficiency of hospital care. The new ACA guidelines could mean financial penalties for hospitals with excessive patient readmissions, forcing the healthcare system to ensure that efficient operating rooms and value-based care are both top priorities.

With potential financial ramifications looming over administrators’ heads and cost-per-minute in the operating room often exceeding $ 20 depending on the complexity of the procedure, hospitals should not only aim to increase value and quality of care, but also try to reduce runaway spending.

“While cutting supply costs in the operating room is imperative to help save hospitals resources during this time of healthcare reform uncertainty, another, perhaps more crucial, efficiency factor for operating rooms is time,” said Brock Remy, director of operations at SurgiMark. “SurgiMark’s multifunction, disposable Via-Guard suction sets address both of these operating room efficiency issues, resulting in saved time for surgeons and lower hospital supply costs for administrators.”

Obamacare has expanded hospitals’ base of insured patients, making it more important now than ever for hospital administrators to increase their operating room efficiency. If hospitals employ the use of SurgiMark’s adjustable Via-Guard Yankauer suction sets, their inventory costs will decline, and the excessive time previously spent switching between varying degrees of suction will decrease dramatically, allowing for more efficient procedures.

The facilities that can quickly adapt to ACA changes by increasing value-based care while decreasing overhead spending will have a competitive advantage moving forward, and will prosper under these new guidelines.

About SurgiMark, Inc.

SurgiMark offers versatile and cost-effective surgical suction tools and suction tips. Our patented Via-Guard® suction tips provide high-quality, clog-free and dual-action Poole and tip suction in one Yankauer suction device. Our Yankauer suction tips save hospitals time and money, and provide surgical infection control. SurgiMark’s products are made in the U.S.A., and distributed nationwide.

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Obamacare: Inside health care exchange websites’ issues

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July Day of Action Phone Bank- Evansville

July Day of Action Phone Bank- Evansville
Event on 2014-07-12 08:30:00

Join AFP-Indiana for our July 12 National Day of Action as we make phone calls to see where folks stand on issues like Obamacare, Taxes, and Government Spending. 

8:30: Breakfast and Training

9-11: Phone Banking with fellow volunteers

at Conference Room
815 John St
Evansville, United States

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Don’t believe the media. Obamacare is already adding to the unemployment rolls.

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Commenting on the mainstream media of his day, Thomas Jefferson famously observed that "The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers." Coming from the Sage of Monticello, whose credentials as an advocate of the free press were pretty darned solid, this is an arresting statement. And it is evident that the news business has changed little during the two centuries that have come and gone since he penned that uncivil passage. Even if one ignores the "reporting" perpetrated by the New York Times and other leading lights of journalism in the wake of the Tucson shooting, the continuing relevance of Jefferson’s comment can be verified by perusing the stories appearing in most prominent publications about the GOP effort to repeal Obamacare .

The new House majority incurred the wrath of the media by refusing to change the name of the repeal bill and ignoring their calls to "wait a bit longer" before bringing it up for a vote. In fact, the Republicans had the temerity to give the "Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act" pride of place in their vote schedule. This affront has inspired a spate of "news" stories claiming that the GOP has misled the public concerning Obamacare’s effect on unemployment. The Republicans have, according to these articles, misrepresented a CBO report that suggests the new law will eliminate 650,000 jobs. A typical example is an AP "fact check" piece that includes this priceless quote from economist Paul Fronstin: "CBO isn’t saying that there is job loss as much as they are saying that fewer people will be working."

The irony of such verbal contortions is that they would be unconvincing even if they were not self-refuting. It isn’t necessary to invoke the CBO to demonstrate that Obamacare is a job killer. The ink was hardly dry on the new law when the layoffs began at the small insurance companies. Last year, HealthMarkets announced its plan to eliminate 250 jobs pursuant to "national healthcare reform." Likewise, Principal Financial Group said it would get out of the health insurance business and lay off 1,500 workers due to "the shadow of a lot of regulatory matters." The darkest of these regulatory shadows is Obamacare ‘s requirement that health carriers spend 80% of premiums on medical care. This mandate will drive many other carriers out of the market as well, and kill the jobs of anyone working in their health divisions.

The job losses have by no means been limited to health insurance companies. The actual providers of health care, including community hospitals, are beginning to eliminate jobs. Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Indiana, has had to cut nearly 50 jobs because Obamacare "has already started to cut reimbursement rates to hospitals across the region and the country and we expect that reality to get worse moving forward." Another small hospital, in Leominster, Massachusetts, will eliminate about 50 positions. The spokesman for that institution said the cuts were made necessary by "health care reform, with its reductions in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements." Yakima Valley Memorial, in the state of Washington, will also cut 70 to 100 jobs because "Under federal health care reform, Memorial must reduce its expenses."

In addition to the jobs it will destroy in the insurance and hospital industries, Obamacare ‘s new taxes will kill countless jobs in the medical device industry. The Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council estimates that about 90 percent of member firms will be forced to "cut back on operational costs — and jobs — after [Obamacare ‘s] 2.3 percent tax on their products is implemented in 2013." And, lest you fall into the error of thinking that "reform" will bring enough new customers to offset the increased tax burden, 42 percent of the affected firms have indicated that Obamacare will not increase their business. The others are no doubt hoping that at least one of the promises made on behalf of Obamacare will actually be fulfilled. Inevitably, however, this addition to their cost of doing business will add to the unemployment rolls.

If you believe that all this carnage will somehow render health care more "efficient," as many progressive policy wonks have claimed, remember that reform-induced job losses will not be limited to the health care industry. As health care economist John Goodman points out, the various mandates imposed by Obamacare will effectively raise the cost of labor across the economy. He estimates that they will add ".28 an hour for full time workers (individual coverage) and .89 an hour (family coverage) for fulltime employees." Many businesses simply cannot absorb such increases without cutting labor costs. This is why we have heard so many cris de coeur from low-margin employers like White Castle, which says the financial hit "will make it hard for the company to maintain its 421 restaurants, let alone create new jobs."

And the government cannot simply "waiver" this problem away. Thus far, the Obama administration has issued get-out-of-jail-free cards to well over 200 employers and unions that screamed bloody murder when they realized how much devastation Obamacare will wreak on their operations. These waivers don’t cure the disease. They merely treat its symptoms. Even worse, they will eventually draw U.S. health care into an increasingly corrupt, Chicago-style political spoils system. Because these waivers are issued at the pleasure of the HHS Secretary, it is inevitable that the companies and unions with the most political power (i.e. those which have made the largest cash donations to the Democrats) will be given special dispensations. Less affluent employers will be forced to save money by cutting their labor costs.

None of the "reporters" peddling the CBO meme have shown any interest in the job losses already caused by Obamacare . They prefer to focus on the wickedness of the Republicans. As Paul Krugman phrases it, "The key to understanding the G.O.P. analysis of health reform is that the party’s leaders are not, in fact, opposed to reform because they believe… it will be ‘job-killing’ (which it won’t be). They’re against reform because it would cover the uninsured — and that’s something they just don’t want to do." This is the sort of dishonesty that prompted Jefferson to augment the above-quoted criticism of the Fourth Estate with the following: "Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper." Were he with us today, he would no doubt include broadcast media and many Internet outlets in this indictment.

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