BHCG Monitor: Focus on Health Care Benefits

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BHCG Monitor: Health Care Reform - Notable News


Health Care Reform – Notable News

The latest ACA developments include a further delay for the pay-or-play employer mandate for employers with less than100 employees and additional regulations from the federal government regarding the “excepted benefits” definition (proposed regulations) and the 90-day eligibility waiting period (final regulations).


BHCG Monitor: An Electronic Personal Health Record Primer


Promoting Conversations Between Physicians and Patients

The Choosing Wisely campaign

Based on numerous studies, experts concur that there is too much waste in the health care system in the United States. The Congressional Budget says up to 30 percent of the care delivered in the U.S. is duplicative or unnecessary.  According to a survey conducted by researchers at Dartmouth College, nearly half of primary care physicians say their own patients get too much medical care.

Not only does it fail to improve people’s health, unnecessary care increases costs and may compromise patient safety. For these reasons it is critical that both physicians and patients do their part to reduce care that is unnecessary.  That effort begins with patients and physicians having conversations about making wise, informed health care treatment decisions.  What can be done to spur these conversations?



What is the Promise of Comparative Effectiveness Research?

“In order for consumers to regain control, we must be as smart as the marketers selling to us. Consumers need the ability to accurately compare.” So were the words of John Santa, MD, MPH, director of the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center, during a presentation on the merits of Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) sponsored by the Business Health Care Group back in 2009. As relevant today as ever, Dr. Santa’s words make the case for CER.

According to the independent Congressional Budget Office (CBO), CER has the potential to lower health care costs over the long term and improve the quality of care. In fact, CER’s promise for increasing health care value is why funding for CER was included as an important feature of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).