Among Employers Offering Retiree Health Benefits, More Are Turning to MA Plans

Among Employers Offering Retiree Health Benefits, More Are Turning to MA Plans

While few employers provide retiree health benefits, the ones that do are using Medicare Advantage plans more and more, a new analysis found. Currently, only 13% of large employers — or companies with 200 or more employees — offer retiree health benefits, the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) report showed. Of this group, 50% provide these … Read more

Tom Brady: Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB hopes the team’s best is still ‘ahead of us’ as they prepare for New Orleans Saints clash | NFL News

Tom Brady: Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB hopes the team’s best is still ‘ahead of us’ as they prepare for New Orleans Saints clash |  NFL News

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-6) quarterback Tom Brady: “Hope is not a strategy, so you’ve got to go out there and you’ve got to earn it”; watch New Orleans Saints @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday Night Football, live on Sky Sports NFL from 1.15am, Tuesday morning Last Updated: 05/12/22 6:48pm Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom … Read more

Kaiser Nurses Ratify New Contract That Raises Wages by 22.5% And Improves Staffing

Kaiser Nurses Ratify New Contract That Raises Wages by 22.5% And Improves Staffing

About two weeks ago, California Nurses Association reached a tentative agreement with Kaiser Permanente, averting what would have been the biggest private sector nurses’ strike in American history. On Monday, the union announced that its nurses voted to ratify a new four-year contract — one that includes provisions for a significant wage increase, improved staffing … Read more

FDA Tells Verve What to Do to Get Held Lifted From Gene-Editing Therapy

FDA Tells Verve What to Do to Get Held Lifted From Gene-Editing Therapy

Verve Therapeutics now has the formal FDA documentation specifying what the regulator wants to see before it allows the company to begin human testing of its gene-editing therapy for an inherited form of high cholesterol. VERVE-101 is designed to turn off PCSK9, a gene that produces a liver protein that makes it more difficult for … Read more

3 Employer Health Trends for 2023: Affordability Tops the List

3 Employer Health Trends for 2023: Affordability Tops the List

As the world enters a possible recession and healthcare costs rise, affordability will be a key concern for employers in 2023, according to the Business Group on Health. Other top health trends for employers next year will be continued support of wellbeing programs and health equity. “None of these are new issues, but they’re magnified … Read more

How Nebraska’s HIE Is Leveraging Real-Time Data to Improve Maternal, Postpartum Health

How Nebraska’s HIE Is Leveraging Real-Time Data to Improve Maternal, Postpartum Health

Health information exchanges (HIEs) ensure the secure mobilization of electronic health information across organizations within a region. Each state in the country has an HIE, and some even have more than one. HIEs, which can be public or private, are meant to enable more effective care that better meets patients’ unique needs. They have been … Read more

Virtual Reality: The New Tool in Healthcare Training

Virtual Reality: The New Tool in Healthcare Training

I don’t think anyone can really be prepared for their first time using a virtual reality headset. Technology has become such a familiar part of our lives that I think its brilliance can sometimes be lost on us, but virtual reality has given people a taste of something they’ve never experienced before. Virtual reality isn’t … Read more

Kennedy Center honors U2, George Clooney, Gladys Knight in star-studded event

Kennedy Center honors U2, George Clooney, Gladys Knight in star-studded event

Kennedy Center honors U2, George Clooney, Gladys Knight in star-studded event – CBS News Watch CBS News Politicians and entertainers converged in Washington Sunday night with the 45th annual Kennedy Center honors. Vladimir Duthiers reports. Be the first to know Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting. Not Now Turn On … Read more

Bridging Cultural Gaps to Improve Health Equity

Bridging Cultural Gaps to Improve Health Equity

Achieving health equity benefits healthcare payers and members alike. Culturally diverse audiences experience disparities in access to healthcare and in health outcomes. Patients with limited English proficiency (LEP) experience poor health outcomes across the board, including above-average emergency department visits and hospital stays. Most healthcare leaders agree that we must work to improve these outcomes, … Read more

Avoiding “Never Events” Should Be an “Always Event”: Successfully Navigating the Value Analysis Process

Avoiding “Never Events” Should Be an “Always Event”: Successfully Navigating the Value Analysis Process

There’s a term in healthcare — hospitals, in particular — for a situation that should never, ever under any circumstances occur. It’s known as the “never event.” And if it sounds a bit ominous to you, it absolutely should. That’s because “never events” are seriously problematic for everyone involved—patient, physician and healthcare facility. Specifically, we’re … Read more