Category Archives: Health Reform

Dealing with the Rising Costs of State and City Retiree Health Benefits

A February 13th article in the NY Times entitled States Aim Ax at Health Cost of Retirement by Steven Greenhouse discusses the “the soaring expense of health benefits for millions of retired state and local workers.” This issue as explained in … Continue reading

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The Prevention Plan Sold Through Sam’s Club – Correcting Some Misconceptions

With the announcement this past week of the sale of The Prevention Plan through Sam’s Club and the significant interest this created on national television (see USPM in the News on the right to view some of the coverage), print … Continue reading

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The Prevention Plan for You, Your Family and Your Business – Now Available at Sam’s Club

  If Prevention is such a good idea, and really when you look at the data, a comprehensive prevention program that includes primary, secondary and tertiary prevention (as previously discussed here) is necessary for all Americans and all people around … Continue reading

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Solving the States’ Medicaid Crisis – Prevention, A Novel Concept Worth Exploring

For the past few years the impact of Medicaid costs on State budgets has become a central focus of Legislators and Governors. Here is some background information from the Kaiser Family Foundation Report: Hoping for Economic Recovery, Preparing for Health … Continue reading

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Medicare Coverage of an Annual Wellness Visit – Update on Final Regulations

Last week HHS released their final rules on the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit for the establishment of a Personalized Prevention Plan. You can access the PDF here Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B … Continue reading

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Just what is a Medical Cost?

Last month, the National Association of Insurance Regulators (NAIC) approved a model regulation on Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) that includes definitions of what services provided by insurance companies should be counted towards their Medical Loss Ratio (MLR).  This has become … Continue reading

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The Importance of a Care Coordinator/Health Advocate

Understanding whether you should see a physician and which one you should see based upon your condition and health insurance plan, while having a limited knowledge of health care and the system is a complicated task.  Health care has become … Continue reading

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Health Reform, Preventive Screenings, Insurance and my Colonoscopy

Well this year I hit that milestone, 50, and with it came a full list of screenings and preventive services I needed to complete.  The Prevention Plan provided me with a comprehensive list of  preventive services and screenings as recommended … Continue reading

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