The Export-Import Bank and Its Victims: Which Industries Bear the Brunt
Daniel J. Ikenson The Export-Import Bank of the United States is a government-run export credit agency, which provides access to favorable financing for the foreign customers of some U.S. companies.  For several months, Washington has been embroiled in a debate over whether to reauthorize the Bank’s charter, which will otherwise expire on September 30.  While Republican House leadership remains publicly committed to shutting down the Bank, a bipartisan group of eight senators introduced reauthorization legislation last night, setting the stage for a post-August recess showdown. Reauthorization buffs conten...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - July 31, 2014 Category: American Health Authors: Daniel J. Ikenson Source Type: blogs

Health insurance premium increases in Massachusetts: More ways it can happen
Last week (ACA rollout hits some Massachusetts businesses harder than expected) I described how the implementation of Obamacare caused one small businesses’s Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts premium to jump by 29 percent for the upcoming renewal. The main issue was family size –previously only the first two kids were counted when calculating premiums, now it’s the first three kids. This group, with lots of kids, is paying the price. After that I heard from two other BCBS MA customers who were experiencing big premium hikes. One is a two-family partnership where one family has two kids and...
Source: Health Business Blog - July 30, 2014 Category: Health Managers Authors: David Williams Tags: Health plans Policy and politics ACA Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance insurance premiums Massachusetts Source Type: blogs

Fact Sheet: Increasing Investment in Rural America
This week, the White House Rural Council will host the inaugural Rural Opportunity Investment Conference (ROI) to promote potential investment opportunities that exist throughout rural America. Top leaders from the business community and financial institutions, senior government officials, rural economic development experts and others from across the country, will come together to discuss ways to develop partnerships that create jobs, grow small businesses, and invest in critical rural infrastructure. In conjunction with this event, the White House Rural Council is announcing a $10 billion dollar investment fund to promote...
Source: BHIC - July 29, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Gail Kouame Tags: Rural Scholarships and Grants Websites Source Type: blogs

ACA rollout hits some Massachusetts businesses harder than expected
Like many, I’ve been surprised that the rollout of the Affordable Care Act has had such an impact on Massachusetts. After all we already had near universal coverage, an exchange/marketplace, lots of mandates, guaranteed issue and community rating. Obamacare is based on Romneycare. But somehow Massachusetts screwed up the rollout of the Obamacare exchange, which is costing $100 million to fix, and at least some Massachusetts small businesses are getting hit with big rate hikes as they renew. One small business I know got hit with a 29 percent premium jump, almost all due to the ACA. Here’s how a Blue Cross ...
Source: Health Business Blog - July 24, 2014 Category: Health Managers Authors: David Williams Tags: Health plans Policy and politics Source Type: blogs

Low Cost Printing Solutions For Your Small Business
As a speaker and trainer, I have the need to produce high quality color handouts for my audience and students. Unfortunately, this can get expensive real quick, especially if much color is involved. The price of paper, ink and toner can get crazy. Have you priced an ink jet cartridge lately? How about a color laser cartridge multiplied by four. WOW! I did some searching for lower cost alternatives, but the journey got frustrating real quick. Printing in color is not cheap. I went to my local office supply store, to see what it would cost to have them print color documents for me. The prices ranged from 39 to 69 cents ...
Source: Success Begins Today - July 21, 2014 Category: Life Coaches Authors: John W Richardson Tags: blog slider low cost printing Source Type: blogs

Healthcare Reform Even the Tea Party Could Support
By BLAKE ASHBY  The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the law of the land, and nothing the Tea Party does is likely to lead to its repeal.  But the ACA can be amended to make it less objectionable, and it wouldn’t be that hard.  We just need to modify it to allow Tea Partiers (and […] (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 9, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: THCB Affordable Care Act Blake Ashby risk pools Self-managed group Small Business Tea Party Source Type: blogs

Women in Sales – LinkedIn
For several decades there have been many efforts to help woman to enter and succeed in the workforce. Now in this world that supposedly provides an equal opportunity, a study was done to evaluate the numbers of women in the sales sector of the corporate world, you may find the results surprising.   Sorce: http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/linkedin-women-sales-data-infographic The post Women in Sales – LinkedIn appeared first on Phil Gerbyshak. (Source: Phil Gerbyshak)
Source: Phil Gerbyshak - July 2, 2014 Category: Life Coaches Authors: Phil Gerbyshak Tags: Current Affairs entrepreneurship linkedin small business stats woman in business Source Type: blogs

What is the main expense in social media marketing?
Social media may be free, but as marketing on this digital platform grows more sophisticated, it also gets more expensive! A recent report from the Social Media Marketing University found that largest expense in social media budgets is staff, accounting for 37% of costs. So, how do they spend their time? 60%  of respondents report that content development requires the bulk of the time dedicated to social. 12% spend time on strategy development. 10% said posting the content was the biggest time investment. 8% spent time on listening and monitoring. Only 4% of employee time was spent on measuring! Time Spent Marketing...
Source: Nicola Ziady - July 2, 2014 Category: Medical Marketing and PR Authors: Nicola Ziady Tags: interactive marketing strategic social media Source Type: blogs

The Supreme Court And The Contraception Mandate: A Temporary Setback For Contraception Coverage
Editor's note: See Health Affairs Blog for more coverage of the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision. Today, the United States Supreme Court ruled that for-profit companies may avoid providing contraception coverage to employees if the companies sincerely object on religious grounds. At its narrowest interpretation, this decision is a significant but remediable setback for women’s reproductive health. At its broadest (but least likely interpretation), the decision has the potential to wreak havoc on public health regulation. The legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) contraception mandate...
Source: Health Affairs Blog - July 1, 2014 Category: Health Management Authors: John Kraemer Tags: All Categories Coverage Employer-Sponsored Insurance Health Care Costs Health Law Health Reform Policy Politics Prevention Public Health Source Type: blogs

ObamaCare's Exchanges Perform More than a Dozen Functions Besides Issuing Subsidies
Michael F. Cannon One of the issues underlying Halbig v. Sebelius and three similar lawsuits making their way through federal courts is whether Congress intentionally restricted the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (PPACA) private health-insurance subsidies to individuals who buy coverage through state-established exchanges. If so, that would mean the Internal Revenue Service’s decision to issue subsidies in the 34 states that did not establish exchanges (i.e., that have federally established exchanges) is illegal. For more on the IRS’s attempt to rewrite the PPACA in this fash...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - June 27, 2014 Category: American Health Authors: Michael F. Cannon Source Type: blogs

Senseless in Seattle: The Minimum-Wage Follies
Roger Pilon “Meet the Marxist behind Seattle’s wage hike,” read the headline of the lead item at CNN Money late this morning. It seems that one Kshama Sawant, an immigrant from India who earned a Ph.D. in economics from North Carolina State University before taking a teaching position at Seattle Central Community College, is credited by the local press with being the political force behind the city council’s recent vote to raise the minimum wage there to $15 an hour, phased in for large businesses by 2017 and all businesses by 2021. A self-described Marxist, Ms. Sawant went from Occupy Wall Str...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - June 24, 2014 Category: American Health Authors: Roger Pilon Source Type: blogs

IRS IT: $2.4 Billion But Not World-Class
Chris Edwards Perhaps the most suspicious thing about the disappearance of Lois Lerner’s emails is that the IRS is not a small business operation that cannot afford high-quality computer, email, and backup systems. It is a huge modern bureaucracy that has computer technology at the core of its operations. The IRS IT budget in 2014 is a massive $2.4 billion (page 149 here). Here is what the administration’s most recent IRS budget says (page 150) about its IT strategy: IT is a key enabler for efficient and effective tax administration … To ensure the public trust, the IRS also is making significant invest...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - June 24, 2014 Category: American Health Authors: Chris Edwards Source Type: blogs

Ex-Im Bank Weakens American Capitalism
Chris Edwards One of the policy fissures in the Republican Party is over business subsides, and the current debate about the Export-Import Bank illustrates the conflict. The Ex-Im Bank is one of many corporate welfare or crony capitalist programs that litter the federal budget. The Bank’s authorization runs out in September, and so Congress must act if it wants to extend the operations of this business subsidy machine. Veronique de Rugy at Mercatus and Sallie James at Downsizing Government have looked at the Bank’s operations and discussed why the economics of the Bank do not make sense. Veronique says, &ldquo...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - June 23, 2014 Category: American Health Authors: Chris Edwards Source Type: blogs

Strategic Source and Sell: Channel Diversity Survey [infographic]
I found this great infographic that breaks down what business find to be the most effective selling channels. In the end all three are used effectively by 30% of business. This is great if you are looking to diversify your retail business, and for financial advisors who inspire others to see their potential growth. Source: http://www.grantthornton.com/~/media/content-page-files/manufacturing/infographics/Channel_diversity_infographic.ashx The post Strategic Source and Sell: Channel Diversity Survey [infographic] appeared first on Phil Gerbyshak. (Source: Phil Gerbyshak)
Source: Phil Gerbyshak - June 19, 2014 Category: Life Coaches Authors: Phil Gerbyshak Tags: Business Improvement Perseverance Small business improvement ideas marketing Source Type: blogs

Catania’s Tax Amendment
Nicole Kaeding On Friday, I waded into the heated debate regarding the D.C. Council’s tax reform package. I noted that the proposal is far from perfect, but it is a good first step towards reforming D.C.’s burdensome tax structure. Shortly after I released my post, councilmember and mayoral candidate David Catania proposed a compromise: He would maintain the current sales tax exemption for the fitness industry. In exchange, he would change the way the corporate income tax rate is cut. The original D.C. Council proposal would cut corporate income tax rates from the current 9.975 percent to 8.25 percent in 2019....
Source: Cato-at-liberty - June 18, 2014 Category: American Health Authors: Nicole Kaeding Source Type: blogs

A device to control bleeding in brain surgery receives Phase 2 SBIR grant
A medical device developer got a big boost in its efforts to develop a surgical sealant for brain surgery. Endomedix received a $1.49 million Phase 2 Small Business Innovation Research grant to help control bleeding for surgical procedures, according to a company statement. It received the grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.The funding will go toward safety studies, in vivo performance studies and developing an applicator device. The sealant is a hydrogel that includes two processed biocompatible polysaccharides. They are simultaneously mixed and sprayed onto a surgical site.Typically, a...
Source: Medical Hemostat - June 3, 2014 Category: Technology Consultants Authors: hemostatguy at gmail.com (hemostat guy) Source Type: blogs

Consider small business funding opportunities
Most government funding agencies, including the NIH, have special pots of money reserved for small businesses. “But M-D,” you say, “I’m in academia, I’m a scientist—what does business funding have to do with me?” But before you dismiss this funding opportunity, I invite you to look a little more closely. (Source: Inside NIA: A Blog for Researchers)
Source: Inside NIA: A Blog for Researchers - May 21, 2014 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Michael-David Kerns, Small Business Program Coordinator, Division of Extramural Activities Source Type: blogs

Small Business and the Affordable Care Act: How Has Your Business Been Affected?
The Affordable Care Act is having a lasting impact on small businesses, affecting how owners make decisions about hiring and managing staff, upgrading equipment and more. (Source: WSJ.com: Health Blog)
Source: WSJ.com: Health Blog - April 23, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: WSJ Staff Tags: Health Reform Affordable Care Act Health Law Small Business Source Type: blogs

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The Affordable Care Act is having a lasting impact on small businesses, affecting how owners make decisions about hiring and managing staff, upgrading equipment and more. (Source: WSJ.com: Health Blog)
Source: WSJ.com: Health Blog - April 23, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: WSJ Staff Tags: Health Reform Affordable Care Act Health Law Small Business Source Type: blogs

Small Business and the Affordable Care Act: How Has Your Business Been Affected?
The Affordable Care Act is having a lasting impact on small businesses, affecting how owners make decisions about hiring and managing staff, upgrading equipment and more. (Source: WSJ.com: Health Blog)
Source: WSJ.com: Health Blog - April 23, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: WSJ Staff Tags: Health Reform Affordable Care Act Health Law Small Business Source Type: blogs

Developmental disabilities and sheltered workshops: "free" to starve?
This April 2014 announcement portrays the end of supported employment for the cognitively impaired as a victory similar to the ADA’s benefit for the physically disabled … (excerpts and emphases mine):Rhode Island Settles Case on Jobs for the Disabled - NYTimes.comThe Justice Department on Tuesday announced a “landmark” agreement with the State of Rhode Island to free people with developmental disabilities from a decades-old system that kept them unjustly segregated in sheltered workshops and adult day programs, removed from the competitive workplace and the broader community.The settlement, which a...
Source: Be the Best You can Be - April 20, 2014 Category: Disability Tags: disability law employment Source Type: blogs

Overcoming Adversity and Achieving Small Business Success
ToriJo Spence finds small business success thanks to Nebraska Voc Rehab, Nebraska Self Employment Services and Easter Seals (Source: Disabled World Blogs)
Source: Disabled World Blogs - April 10, 2014 Category: Disability Tags: Blogs - Writings - Stories Source Type: blogs

Actuarial management key to changing industry
by Jonathan H. Burroughs Key stakeholders must back up and align healthcare transformation mandates to achieve high quality and low cost with strong contractual incentives. Healthcare organizations increasingly create co-management or joint venture collaborative arrangements with physicians, large employers and third-party payers to meet the triple aim goals (improving population health, improving the experience of care, and lowering per-capita costs). UnitedHealth, the nation's largest insurer, will increase its quality/cost incentives to $50 billion within the next five years, and healthcare organizations increasingly ...
Source: hospital impact - March 21, 2014 Category: Health Managers Authors: Wendy Johnson Source Type: blogs

Small But Huge Innovation
Great story in the New York Times about a man who helps train folks with autism in employment. Jay Goltz, writer for the New York Times, desribes how Dave Geslak owns a small business, “Exercise Connection, a company in Chicago that works with children who have autism. Dave has discovered that the structure and routine that his students learn from exercise build confidence, which can be a gateway to getting a job.” (NYTimes, “On Hiring and Autism,” March 19, 2014). Read the story here and then think about the many less-known routes there are to the goal of employment and our guys. (Source: Susan's Blog)
Source: Susan's Blog - March 19, 2014 Category: Autism Authors: Susan Senator Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Vivek Murthy: A surgeon general nominee hijacked by special interests
His is the story of which American dreams are made: a first-generation immigrant who grew up in South Florida, where he worked on weekends to support his father’s small business. After winning a spot at Harvard at 16, he set his sights on medicine and leadership. He founded an international non-profit focused on HIV/AIDS youth education while at Yale for medical school — and threw on an MBA for good measure before heading back to Boston for residency training at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Continue reading ... Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reput...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - March 18, 2014 Category: Family Physicians Tags: Physician Health reform Source Type: blogs

The EHR Market Isn’t Like Other Markets
Today at a healthcare IT meetup I attended in Dallas I ran into a former contact at an EHR vendor. He no longer works at that EHR company and has moved on to two other companies. In our discussion we had an interesting discussion about the market. Having moved on, he’d lost touch with the EHR market. He asked me, “Are there still 700 EHR vendors?” I told him there were probably 300, but I’ve contended that their have been 300 EHR vendors for a while. I’m not counting the hundreds of ancillary companies that are “certified EHR” but only perform 1-2 EHR related functions. Over and ov...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - March 18, 2014 Category: Technology Consultants Authors: John Lynn Tags: Certified EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR HealthCare IT Ambulatory EHR Market EHR Market Consolidation EMR Market Hospital EHR Market Source Type: blogs

Candidates for Governor of Massachusetts: How their backgrounds in healthcare prepare them for the job
I’ve learned a lot about the candidates for Governor of Massachusetts by interviewing all nine of them about healthcare policy. Starting today I’ll be summarizing the results from those discussions so readers can compare the candidates on specific issues. The candidates have diverse backgrounds: from head of Medicare to surgeon to small business owner to Homeland Security official. Of the nine, five have significant healthcare experience. Even those that don’t come from healthcare have taken the time to study the issues and develop deep perspectives. I asked everyone to describe how their backgrounds, esp...
Source: Health Business Blog - March 18, 2014 Category: Health Managers Authors: David Williams Tags: Policy and politics Source Type: blogs

Optimism: Key to Doing Great Things
In 2011, Paul Graham published an essay titled Why Startup Hubs Work. There he wrote about what makes a startup hub, like Silicon Valley, works. Here is an excerpt: … it is a particularly valuable thing when the atmosphere around you encourages you to do something that would otherwise seem too ambitious. In most places the atmosphere pulls you back toward the mean. I flew into the Bay Area a few days ago. I notice this every time I fly over the Valley: somehow you can sense something is going on. Obviously you can sense prosperity in how well kept a place looks. But there are different kinds of prosperity. Silicon V...
Source: Life Optimizer - March 18, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Donald Latumahina Tags: Attitude Purpose Source Type: blogs

CAP Today Article Provides Highlights about the Pathology Informatics Summit 2014
The new issue of CAP Today contains an article describing some of the featured speakers at the Pathology Informatics Summit that will take place on May 13-16, 2014, in Pittsburgh (see: With lab informatics, better to give than to receive). Below is an excerpt from the article referencing one of them, Dr. Mike Becich, who is chairman of the bioinformatics department at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School. Link to the article itself to read about some of the other speakers at the conference. The roles of pathology informatics, biomedical informatics, and data analytics in the laboratory will be the subject of ...
Source: Lab Soft News - March 13, 2014 Category: Pathologists Authors: Bruce Friedman Tags: Clinical Lab Industry News Digital Imaging in Pathology Electronic Medical Record Healthcare Information Technology Lab Processes and Procedures Laboratory Industry Trends LIS Definitions and Strategy LIS Vendor News Medical Research Source Type: blogs

ACA fun...
My week so far...■ One client called. Her daughter has cystic fibrosis.  In 2013, two of her meds had a 30% copay, with a $200 cap per Rx.  In 2014, the cap was eliminated and the price went to $3600 when she went to fill it.  She can't afford them and her daughter hasn't had her meds since early January.  Appeals to Blue Shield for reclassification of her meds outside of Tier 4 had been declined.  I (finally) found out that the Genentech and Novartis discount programs weren't being applied correctly.■ Four hours were spent on-hold at Anthem; three at Blue Shield.  CoveredCA has a "we...
Source: InsureBlog - March 13, 2014 Category: Medical Lawyers and Insurers Source Type: blogs

Steve Grossman, candidate for Governor of Massachusetts, speaks with the Health Business Blog
Steve Grossman (D), State Treasurer and candidate for Governor Download: hbdew0008-david-e-williams-interviews-steve-grossman-democratic-candidate-for-governor-of-massachusetts.mp3 In this podcast interview, Steve Grossman, State Treasurer and Democratic candidate for Governor of Massachusetts discusses his views on healthcare with healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of the Health Business Group. This is the eighth in a series of nine in-depth interviews with the candidates. For a complete schedule and an explanation of the questions visit the ...
Source: Health Business Blog - March 11, 2014 Category: Health Managers Authors: David Williams Tags: Podcast Policy and politics election Governor health care health care reform health information technology healthcare Massachusetts Source Type: blogs

Transcript of podcast interview with Steve Grossman, candidate for Governor of Massachusetts
This is the transcript of my recent podcast interview with Steve Grossman, State Treasurer and Democratic candidate for Governor of Massachusetts. Visit the original post to listen to the podcast and read a summary. This is part of a series of interviews with all nine candidates for Governor. The full schedule is available here. David E. Williams: This is David Williams from The Health Business Blog. I’m speaking today with Steve Grossman, Treasurer of Massachusetts and candidate for Governor. Steven Grossman: David, I appreciate your time and look forward to the conversation. Williams: Steve, does Cha...
Source: Health Business Blog - March 11, 2014 Category: Health Managers Authors: David Williams Tags: Podcast Policy and politics community hospitals election Governor health care health care reform health information technology healthcare Massachusetts Steve Grossman Source Type: blogs

How to Apply Your Knowledge and Build Multiple Income Streams
I recently came across an interesting quote by Laurence Lee: “The world does not pay for what a person knows. But it pays for what a person does with what he knows.” This quote, I believe, contains a profound lesson. It emphasizes the importance of real-world application rather than mere knowledge. It’s not enough just to know something; it’s the application of that knowledge that counts. That’s one reason why I’m an advocate of having side projects. Why? Because having side projects can help you explore the application of new things. Furthermore, as you will see below, it’s also a...
Source: Life Optimizer - March 11, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Donald Latumahina Tags: Finance Learning Working Source Type: blogs

How To Get Instagram Followers
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Source: Carin' For Karen - March 11, 2014 Category: Cancer Authors: ColbyJansen Tags: Life in general Source Type: blogs

A Review Of The White Coat Investor
In conclusion, for the medical student, struggling resident, or new attending with little financial knowledge, I believe this book is a must read that will save a small fortune both in terms of monetary well being as well as frustration.  For the more advanced investor like myself, these chapters form a stellar check list for us to rate ourselves against.  After reading this book, I clearly understand the strength and weakness of my own financial plan.I've made a few changes already! (Source: In My Humble Opinion)
Source: In My Humble Opinion - March 11, 2014 Category: Family Physicians Authors: Jordan Grumet Source Type: blogs

Tax Reform Error #2: Phasing-in Lower Tax Rates
Alan Reynolds Since 1981, Republican legislators have shown a strong penchant for phasing-in tax rate reductions over several years.  That tradition is maintained in Ways and Means Committee Chair Dave Camp’s proposed 979-page “simplification” of the U.S. tax system.  The Camp draft retains a very high top tax rate of 38.8 percent on businesses that file under the individual income tax as partnerships, proprietorships, LLCs or Subchapter S corporations. For those choosing to file as C-corporations, by contrast, the Camp proposal would gradually reduce the corporate tax rate by two percenta...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - March 9, 2014 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Alan Reynolds Source Type: blogs

Tax Reform Error #1: Confusing Tax Expenditures with Revenues
Alan Reynolds House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp has released a complex 182-page “discussion draft” called The Tax Reform Act of 2014. Rather get bogged down in details, I will take this opportunity to review several fundamental errors that repeatedly plagued most past and present efforts to reform the federal income tax, including the Camp proposal. One of the most pernicious errors among would-be tax reformers is to assume that, as the Tax Policy Center asserts, “tax expenditures are revenue losses” attributable to various “loopholes.” On the contrary, the Joint Committ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - March 7, 2014 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Alan Reynolds Source Type: blogs

Patrick hits the Big Time (Again)
Our own Pat Paule has written a guest article at The Federalist about the upcoming slaughter of impact of the ACA on small group plans. It's a great post (no surprise).An excerpt:"The big elephant in the room for small business owners is high costs to insure people. The promise of every family saving $2500 wasn’t something employers ever believed would happen. But they also didn’t anticipate the significant increase in premiums they are about to see due to community rating and narrow age bands."Please go Read The Whole Thing.Original content copyright © InsureBlog (Source: InsureBlog)
Source: InsureBlog - March 7, 2014 Category: Medical Lawyers and Insurers Source Type: blogs

Whitewashing the status of the NYS Early Intervention Program
In response to questions by members of the Legislature as part of the February 3, 2014 Joint Budget Hearing on the 2014‐15 Executive Budget for Health/Medicaid, the New York State Department of Health Early Intervention Program provided a progress report with the transition to the State fiscal agent.No one stopped to think that self-assessment for progress reporting might not be the most accurate measure. Perhaps the most shocking misrepresentation in the report was regarding timeliness of payment.  They report that 2013 fourth quarter mean time to payment was 14 days following claim submission.  As a mean...
Source: ABC Therapeutics Occupational Therapy Weblog - March 6, 2014 Category: Occupational Therapists Tags: health insurance policy Source Type: blogs

Grading the Camp Tax Reform Plan
Daniel J. Mitchell To make fun of big efforts that produce small results, the Roman poet Horace wrote, “The mountains will be in labor, and a ridiculous mouse will be brought forth.” That line sums up my view of the new tax reform plan introduced by Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. To his credit, Chairman Camp put in a lot of work. But I can’t help but wonder why he went through the time and trouble. To understand why I’m so underwhelmed, let’s first go back in time. Back in 1995, tax reform was a hot issue. The House Majority Leader, Dick Armey, ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - February 28, 2014 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Daniel J. Mitchell Source Type: blogs

Freedom on Film
David Boaz It’s Oscar time again, and once again there are some Best Picture nominees of special interest to libertarians. Dallas Buyers Club is a terrific movie with a strong libertarian message about self-help, entrepreneurship, overbearing and even lethal regulation, and social tolerance. 12 Years a Slave is a profound and painful movie about the horrors of slavery in a country conceived in liberty. Philomena is a tender personal story that sharply attacks the Catholic church and its censorious attitude toward sex, themes that would resonate with some libertarian viewers. This wasn’t the best year...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - February 27, 2014 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: David Boaz Source Type: blogs

Mark Fisher, candidate for Governor of Massachusetts, speaks with the Health Business Blog
Mark Fisher (R), candidate for Governor of Massachusetts Download: hbdew0002-david-e-williams-interviews-mark-fisher-republican-for-governor-of-massachusetts.mp3 In this podcast interview, Mark Fisher, Republican/Tea Party candidate for Governor of Massachusetts discusses his views on healthcare with healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of the Health Business Group. This is the second in a series of nine in-depth interviews with the candidates. For a complete schedule and an explanation of the questions visit the intro post. Excerpts from the intervi...
Source: Health Business Blog - February 27, 2014 Category: Health Managers Authors: David Williams Tags: Podcast Policy and politics election Governor health care health care reform health information technology healthcare Massachusetts Source Type: blogs

Transcript of podcast interview with Mark Fisher, candidate for Governor of Massachusetts
This is the transcript of my recent podcast interview with Mark Fisher, Republican/Tea Party candidate for Governor of Massachusetts. Visit the original post to listen to the podcast and read a summary. This is part of a series of interviews with all nine candidates for Governor. The full schedule is available here. David E. Williams: This is David Williams from the Health Business Blog. I’m speaking today with Mark Fisher, candidate for Governor. Mark, thanks for joining me. Mark Fisher: Thanks, David, for having me. Williams: Mark, does Chapter 224 represent the right approach to addressing rising he...
Source: Health Business Blog - February 27, 2014 Category: Health Managers Authors: David Williams Tags: Podcast Policy and politics election Governor health care health care reform health information technology healthcare Massachusetts Source Type: blogs

Recent Health Policy Brief Updates: CO-OP Insurance and SHOP Exchanges
The latest Health Policy Brief update from Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, published February 6, describes the new marketplaces created for small businesses to buy cheaper coverage more easily. These exchanges were created under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)'s Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP). Employers with fewer than 25 employees must purchase coverage through a SHOP if they want the small-business tax credit. This policy brief discusses the potential impact of the problems with the online exchange systems on health benefits offered by small employers. The pre...
Source: Health Affairs Blog - February 26, 2014 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Tracy Gnadinger Tags: All Categories Business of Health Care Competition Consumers Coverage Health Reform Insurance Policy Quality States Source Type: blogs

Are You A Physician Or A Secretary?
I'm no economist.  In fact I have never taken any business or accounting classes in my life.  But it doesn't take a formal education to get this.  We are speeding down the wrong path.The call at three in the morning woke me from a deep sleep.  I fumbled and strained to hear the whispered voice of the apologetic nurse.  Apparently Mrs. Thompson had scraped her arm against the wheel chair, and suffered a minor abrasion.  No harm, no foul.  Except that ever since the state had come in  and eviscerated the nursing home protocols, extra precautions were being taken.  Some things just...
Source: In My Humble Opinion - February 23, 2014 Category: Family Physicians Authors: Jordan Grumet Source Type: blogs