Help Wanted
We've already noted that carriers seem to be actively avoiding the Exchanges due to go online in the next few months. Of course, that's for the individual market - the small group market must be doing gangbusters, though, right?Right?Turns out, maybe not:"The California Health Benefit Exchange has put out a call for general agents ...  to recruit, train, supervise and support the retail agents that help the small employers that sign up for the state's Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) exchange plans."But why should they?All along, agents have been told, at least implicitly, that their services are...
Source: InsureBlog - May 21, 2013 Category: Medical Lawyers and Insurers Source Type: blogs

Small Businesses are Exempt from PPACA?
A couple of weeks ago The Hill reported that 48% of small business owners believe that PPACA will hurt their business. In the article there is a quote from President Obama about the impact this will have on small business. He said: "Some small businesses are being told their costs are going to go up, even though they're exempted from the law" or stand to benefit from it. I am a small business owner working within a large insurance agency. I have two employees and I provide benefits including medical insurance. Under our arrangement I currently pay 100% of the premiums. I have been able t...
Source: InsureBlog - May 21, 2013 Category: Medical Lawyers and Insurers Source Type: blogs

JeffLinks Tuesday
FoIB Jeff M sends along two very helpful ObamaTax items.First, courtesy of the Kaiser Foundation, a helpful (and free!) ObamaSubsidy calculator. This will no doubt help take some of the edge off those massive premiums hikes looming on the horizon.But probably not.Second, if you're a business owner, heads' up. Ms Shecantbeserious has released  a handy little FAQ sheet with timely (right) info on the SHOP (Small Business Health Options Program).'Course, that presupposes that these things will ever actually get off the ground.You can download the FAQ here. Original content copyright © InsureBlog (Source: InsureBlog)
Source: InsureBlog - May 20, 2013 Category: Medical Lawyers and Insurers Source Type: blogs

IRS Abuses Past and Present
This article by Bill Beach frames the tax gap issue: Congress can reduce the gap by either giving the IRS more police power or by reforms to cut rates and simplify the code. Hopefully the latest IRS scandal convinces Congress that the agency already has too much power. Thus the way to give Americans more freedom from the tax police and to also boost the economy is to scrap the current tax code in favor of a low-rate consumption-based system. (Source: Cato-at-liberty)
Source: Cato-at-liberty - May 17, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Chris Edwards Source Type: blogs

Underwhelming
As Bob noted last month, that seems to be the response of carriers to the upcoming Exchanges. Recall, though, that these are for individual policies; employers interested in group plan rates and products will access the "wholesale" version, SHOP (Small Business Health Options Program).And shouldn't that actually be SB-HOP?And as in the case of the aforementioned Exchanges, the reception by carriers has been - at best - lukewarm.Case in point: Washington (the state, not Capital City)."The board of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange is thinking about pushing the start date for the state's Small Business He...
Source: InsureBlog - May 17, 2013 Category: Medical Lawyers and Insurers Source Type: blogs

A Simple Tip on How to Read Faster
One of the things I want to do this year is to learn to read faster. I’m a slow reader, therefore, I can’t finish as many books as I’d like to. Many successful people, however, are fast readers. Warren Buffett once said that it’s a huge advantage to be able to read fast. I’m not going to give you detailed tips on it (Breakthrough Rapid Reading is a good book for that), but I’d like to give you one simple tip that I have found useful. It uses something called “no-stakes practice” that Tim Ferriss mentioned in an interview. In essence, it means that in order to be good at a tec...
Source: Life Optimizer - May 17, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Donald Latumahina Tags: Learning Source Type: blogs

A Simple Tip on How to Read Faster
One of the things I want to do this year is to learn to read faster. I’m a slow reader, therefore, I can’t finish as many books as I’d like to. Many successful people, however, are fast readers. Warren Buffett once said that it’s a huge advantage to be able to read fast. I’m not going to give you detailed tips on it (Breakthrough Rapid Reading is a good book for that), but I’d like to give you one simple tip that I have found useful. It uses something called “no-stakes practice” that Tim Ferriss mentioned in an interview. In essence, it means that in order to be good at a tec...
Source: Life Optimizer - May 17, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Donald Latumahina Tags: Learning Source Type: blogs

Proposed FDA Guidance on Financial Disclosure and the Physician Payment Sunshine Regulations – Divergent Paths and Duplicated Efforts
Conclusion  The increased regulation and requirements to disclose FCOIs creates a tremendous burden for researchers and institutions that are repetitive, overlapping but not-identical, and time-consuming.  Nevertheless, institutions that receive PHS funding can manage FCOIs in a number of ways: (1) public disclosure of the FCOI (e.g., when presenting or publishing the research); (2) disclosure of the FCOI directly to human participants; (3) appointment of an independent monitor capable of taking measures to protect the design, conduct, and reporting of the research against bias resulting from the FCOI; (4) modif...
Source: Policy and Medicine - May 17, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Thomas Sullivan Source Type: blogs

Small Business Survey Results: Infographic
Thinking about starting your own small business? Take a look at this inforgraphic about small business: Via: Business Banking (Source: Non-Clinical Physician Jobs, Careers, and Opportunities)
Source: Non-Clinical Physician Jobs, Careers, and Opportunities - May 8, 2013 Category: Technology Consultants Authors: Joseph Kim, MD, MPH Source Type: blogs

UnitedHealth CEO Continues to Prosper While His Company's Behavior Appears to Contradict its Mission Statement
Tis spring, the season in the US for legal settlements, government findings, and proxy statements revealing executive compensation.  Therefore, maybe there should be no surprise that we are seeing a series of cases in which health care corporate leaders continue to enrich themselves while their organizations' behavior raises ethical questions.Following on the Amgen example, we now present the latest UnitedHealth example (in a post organized similarly.)The CEO Gets RicherLast week, the Associated Press (via the Washington Post) summarized UnitedHealth CEO Stephen J Hemsley's growing pile of money:UnitedHealth Group Inc...
Source: Health Care Renewal - May 3, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Tags: UnitedHealth quality executive compensation managed care organizations mission-hostile management legal settlements Source Type: blogs

Obamacare Chaos
Sen. Baucus, whose fingerprints are all over Obamacare, called the law a "train wreck". Comes now David Brooks that refers to the coming train wreck as chaos (not to be confused with KAOS) Implementation got off to a bad start because the Obama administration didn’t want to release unpopular rules before the election. Regulators have been working hard but are clearly overwhelmed, trying to write rules that influence the entire health care sector — an economic unit roughly the size of France. New York Times Sure sounds like someone was politicizing a very unpopular law for the purpose of trying to ge...
Source: InsureBlog - May 1, 2013 Category: Medical Lawyers and Insurers Source Type: blogs

Discover the Power of Story Telling for Your Small Business
One of the most important tools you have as a small business owner is the power of storytelling. Your story makes the difference between someone buying from you, and someone buying from someone else. Not directly mind you, but indirectly. All of the marketing you do, all of the people you hire, and yes, all of the reasons you’ve started your business, they all matter to somebody, often to you. What story gets passed down from generation to generation? That your company had another record year in 2008? Or that your company was founded in 1997 by a single dad looking for a better way for his son not to have to play bas...
Source: Phil Gerbyshak - April 26, 2013 Category: Life Coaches Authors: Phil Gerbyshak Tags: Small business improvement ideas Source Type: blogs

A Practical Guide To Having Everything You Want
My Wage I bargained with Life for a penny,   And Life would pay no more, However I begged at evening   When I counted my scanty store. For Life is a just employer,   He gives you what you ask, But once you have set the wages,   Why, you must bear the task. I worked for a menial’s hire,   Only to learn, dismayed, That any wage I had asked of Life,   Life would have willingly paid. - Jessie Rittenhouse ------ Having everything that you want might sound a little selfish. Self want just for the sake of having  material things probably is. The truth however lies in this ...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - April 25, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mike Martens Tags: self improvement success dersire happiness motivation pickthebrain productivity tips Source Type: blogs

Transition and employment - notes from a local program
The special needs roller coaster starts to speed up again in 10th grade.Tenth grade is when #1 is no longer encouraged to join mainstream sports teams, perhaps because the coaches are no longer educators. They are competitors. Tenth grade is when the gulf between him and mainstream students he admires becomes too big for him to ignore, and there's sorrow in his heart he does not understand and cannot express. It's when the focus changes from an educational track to an employment track.Employment was the focus of a meeting I attended today. I won't try to summarize what I heard, instead I'll summarize what I think is happen...
Source: Be the Best You can Be - April 23, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Tags: transition support employment education Twin Cities adult Source Type: blogs

Transition and employment - notes from a Minnesota presentation
The special needs roller coaster starts to speed up again in 10th grade.Tenth grade is when #1 is no longer encouraged to join mainstream sports teams, perhaps because the coaches are no longer educators. They are competitors. Tenth grade is when the gulf between him and mainstream students he admires becomes too big for him to ignore, and there's sorrow in his heart he does not understand and cannot express. It's when the focus changes from an educational track to an employment track.Employment was the focus of a meeting I attended today. I won't try to summarize what I heard, instead I'll summarize what I think is happen...
Source: Be the Best You can Be - April 23, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Tags: transition support employment education Twin Cities adult Source Type: blogs

How to Tell You Can't Cut Your Budget Any Further
I'm a regular reader of about a dozen personal finance blogs like the popular GetRichSlowly.com.Not only have blogs like this increased my understanding of money, but they've helped me drastically reduce my credit card debt over the past two years and inspired me to stay on the right track from a personal finance perspective.Without question, raising awareness on where you're spending money is one of the easiest and fastest ways to begin the arduous climb out of debt.While cutting out the daily trip to Starbucks or bringing a sack lunch to work can serve as low-hanging fruit to improve your finances there are only so many ...
Source: Dumb Little Man - Tips for Life - April 20, 2013 Category: Life Coaches Authors: DLM Writers Source Type: blogs

Pompeo to Baucus: You Wrote this 'Train Wreck'
Michael F. Cannon Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) is having none of Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) trying to dodge responsibility for the coming ObamaCare “train wreck.” Here’s a letter Pompeo sent to Baucus yesterday: Dear Senator Baucus,      I was stunned, and also saddened, to read of your complaint that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is doing an insufficient job informing the public about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), otherwise known as Obamacare.  My shock wasn’t because I disagreed: You’re right to say this legislation has led to gre...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - April 19, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Michael F. Cannon Source Type: blogs

Max Baucus, ObamaCare's Lead Author, Sees 'Huge Train Wreck Coming Down'
Michael F. Cannon I should probably just turn this one over to Sam Baker at The Hill: Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) said Wednesday he fears a “train wreck” as the Obama administration implements its signature healthcare law. Baucus, the chairman of the powerful Finance Committee and a key architect of the healthcare law, said he’s afraid people do not understand how the law will work. “I just see a huge train wreck coming down,” Baucus told Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at a Wednesday hearing. “You and I have discussed this many times, and I don’t see any ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - April 17, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Michael F. Cannon Source Type: blogs

Duplicative Government Programs Are a Symptom of the Problem
Tad DeHaven The Government Accountability Office has released its third annual report on fragmented, overlapping, or duplicative federal programs and activities. Proponents of making the government more efficient view the findings as an opportunity to achieve cost savings. While there’s obviously nothing wrong with the government spending less money than it has to, the goal should be to permanently shut the trains down – not just try to get them to run on time.  Some examples:  The GAO says “Enhanced collaboration between the Small Business Administration and two other agencies could help to l...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - April 11, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Tad DeHaven Source Type: blogs

23 Self Defeating Games That You Might Not Know You Are Playing
If you think you are beaten, you are If you think you dare not, you don't, If you like to win, but you think you can't It is almost certain you won't. If you think you'll lose, you're lost For out of the world we find, Success begins with a fellow's will It's all in the state of mind. If you think you are outclassed, you are You've got to think high to rise, You've got to be sure of yourself before You can ever win a prize. Life's battles don't always go To the stronger or faster man, But soon or late the man who wins Is the man WHO THINKS HE CAN! -Walter D. Winchell This poem clearly defines the power of mindset and a...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - April 11, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mike Martens Tags: confidence self improvement motivation pickthebrain self defeating Source Type: blogs

Investigative Reporters Tackle the Small Business Administration
Tad DeHaven When it comes to reporting on the Small Business Administration, it seems to me that most journalists simply assume that if a government agency exists to “help” small businesses then it must be good. So I was pleased to read a weekend piece from two investigative journalists with the Dayton Daily News that challenges the conventional wisdom on the SBA.  As the reporters explain, the SBA’s main job is to back loans issued by private lenders to small businesses that couldn’t get financing on market terms. The result is that taxpayers end up holding the bag when these naturally riskie...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - April 8, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Tad DeHaven Source Type: blogs

Obamacare Incompetence | TIME.com
I link to Ezra Klein approvingly about one a decade, so… Let me try to understand this: the key incentive for small businesses to support Obamacare was that they would be able to shop for the best deals in health care superstores — called exchanges. The Administration has had three years to set up these exchanges. It has failed to do so. This is a really bad sign. via Obamacare Incompetence | TIME.com. Related posts: 26 States Decline ObamaCare Exchange; ‘Administrative Nightmare’ Seen – Investors.com So, this is an inauspicious beginning… The federal government will... Health Insuran...
Source: GruntDoc - April 4, 2013 Category: Emergency Medicine Doctors Authors: GruntDoc Tags: Policy Source Type: blogs

What’s Your Green Goldfish? Interview with @9InchMarketing (and new book)
Stan Phelps is an employee engagement collector. In his first book, Stan shared about remarkable marketing. In this follow-up book, Stan shares about how to make and keep employees happy – and it doesn’t have to cost a ton of money. That’s your green goldfish – and how to increase your bottom line. In What’s Your Green Goldfish? Stan Phelps shares the “secrets” to employee engagement – and ultimately, the secret to adding green to your bottom line. From little things like toilets to big things like benefits for employees after they die, Phelps has found and catalogued all the...
Source: Phil Gerbyshak - April 1, 2013 Category: Life Coaches Authors: Phil Gerbyshak Tags: Marketing Source Type: blogs

Healthcare Update — 03-25-2013
This study showed that in more than 4 of 5 obese children, the subcutaneous fat layer was too thick for an IM injection one quarter of the way down the thigh. In nearly 1 of 5 obese children, the subcutaneous fat layer was too thick three quarters of the way down the thigh. In those patients, the study suggested injecting the calf. I suppose the manufacturer could be forced to make autoinjectors with longer needles, but then non-obese patients would theoretically risk getting a bone marrow injection of epinephrine. How good are emergency physicians at dispositioning psychiatric patients when compared to psychiatrists? Not ...
Source: WhiteCoat's Call Room - March 25, 2013 Category: Emergency Medicine Doctors Authors: WhiteCoat Tags: Healthcare Update Source Type: blogs

Happy 8th birthday to the Health Business Blog!
The Health Business Blog turns eight years old today. Continuing a tradition I established with birthdays one, two, three, four, five, six, and seven I have picked out a favorite post from each month. Thanks for continuing to read the blog! March 2012: Should medical debt count against your credit rating? As far as I’m concerned, a lot of medical debt isn’t real debt. Real debt is borrowing money from a bank to buy a car or using a credit card to finance a vacation or taking out a student loan to pay for college. Borrowers know ahead of time that they are incurring a financial obligatio...
Source: Health Business Blog - March 1, 2013 Category: Health Managers Authors: David E. Williams of the Health business blog Tags: Announcements Blogs Source Type: blogs

12 Amazing Life Lessons That You Can Learn Through Science
The year was 1928. A scientist walked into his laboratory in London after a two-week vacation with his family.He looked around at the cluttered benches with numerous glassware of different sizes and bottles of chemicals.His attention wandered off to a stack of plates sitting in the corner in a sink.He suddenly remembered his culture plates and reached over to look at them.One of his plates was contaminated with mold.This is not very unusual and most scientists would just toss the plate away shaking their heads in disappointment. But that did not happen on that fateful day.In a brief pause of reflective thought, the scienti...
Source: Dumb Little Man - Tips for Life - March 1, 2013 Category: Life Coaches Authors: DLM Writers Source Type: blogs

Stay Connected to the Latest on the Affordable Care Act at Healthcare.gov
The countdown to coverage has started. In a matter of months, the Affordable Care Act will open the doors for millions of Americans to enroll in affordable health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces. To help prepare individuals and families, small businesses and communities, HHS has re-launched healthcare.gov and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has introduced the online Health Insurance Marketplace for community and faith-based organizations. Through these sites, everyone can find a wealth of information about plans, implementation and easily understandable explanations for even the hardest qu...
Source: BHIC - February 28, 2013 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Monica Rogers Tags: General Health Information Literacy Websites Source Type: blogs

Funding Opportunities Roundup
Federal Property Suitable as Facilities to Assist the Homeless U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – Offers unutilized, underutilized, excess, or surplus federal properties for use to assist homeless persons. Deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis For more information: http://bit.ly/13qqUEJ   Inclusive Coordinated Transportation Partnership Project Community Transportation Association of America  – Funding for organizations that are involved in the administration, delivery, or coordination of transportation, aging, and/or disability services to include seniors and i...
Source: BHIC - February 28, 2013 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Monica Rogers Tags: Public Health Scholarships and Grants Source Type: blogs

What a Girl Scout Taught Me About Hustle
The season is once again among us.It’s a time for making request and delivering goodies.Not Christmas, Easter or some other holiday, but Girl Scout cookie time!This is a wondrous time of the year where we cast off restraints and indulge a bit more than we should.Since 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low came up with the idea with her cousin in Savanna Georgia, the Girl Scouts of America have been working to empower and inspire young girls.As with any organization, economics began to play a major role in its effectiveness. So by 1917 the Girl Scouts found it necessary to utilize unique methods of fundraising.What began as a...
Source: Dumb Little Man - Tips for Life - February 27, 2013 Category: Life Coaches Authors: DLM Writers Source Type: blogs

Why the Areas Affected by Sequestration Should be Cut
Tad DeHaven The scheduled implementation of the sequestration spending cuts is a little more than a week away, which has Republicans, Democrats, bureaucrats, special interests, and the media warning that the apocalypse is nigh. Sequestration isn’t the ideal way to cut spending, but it would be a start. And despite all the wailing and gnashing of teeth, the areas of federal spending targeted by sequestration should be cut. Many of these areas have been covered by Cato’s Downsizing Government website. The following is a “guide” for those who are interested in alternative points of view (and who haven...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - February 21, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Tad DeHaven Source Type: blogs

Tuesday ObamaTax LinkFest
In no particular order:■ Sales ObamaTaxes - Did you know that there's a sales tax on the policies we'll have to buy? Yep, ObamaTaxed if you do, ObamaTaxed if you don't.Sweet.■ As Nate's indicated, small business is a lot more interested in self-funded plan designs these days. Even The Gray Lady seems to have noticed. Of course, according to the solons at that august publication, it's a "loophole."If you say so.■ Upward, ever upward: The Congressional Budget Office has issued newly revised estimates of what those ostensible ObamaTax "subsidies" (aka redistribution) are going to cost.Surprised?■ F...
Source: InsureBlog - February 19, 2013 Category: Medical Lawyers and Insurers Source Type: blogs

Open letter to the NYS Early Intervention Program
It is important for families to understand how dysfunctional our municipal entities are in administering healthcare systems.  The current problems with the municipal early intervention program underscores ABC Therapeutics' commitment to providing private services for families through their own health insurance plans.  Still, there is a need for a municipal system that serves as a social safety net - I am just not sure if there will be any providers willing to work in those systems if things continue down this road.  -CJA Brad Hutton, DirectorNew York State Department of HealthBureau of Early InterventionEmpi...
Source: ABC Therapeutics Occupational Therapy Weblog - February 14, 2013 Category: Occupational Therapists Tags: ABC Therapeutics health insurance Source Type: blogs

Those Phantom Spending ‘Cuts’ from 2011
Tad DeHaven The Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold recently took a look at the $38 billion in spending cuts that Republicans and Democrats agreed to in 2011 in order to avoid a government shutdown. Fahrenthold estimates that $17 billion of those “cuts” were little more than budgetary gimmicks. For instance, $6 billion in authorized spending for the previous year’s decennial census were merely wiped off the books and counted as a “cut.”  Fahrenthold’s piece is a good reminder of how unserious politicians from both parties are about cutting spending. But I want to make two add...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - February 12, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Tad DeHaven Source Type: blogs

Sunlight Before Signing in Obama's First Term
Jim Harper “Sunlight Before Signing” was President Obama’s 2008 campaign promise to put all bills Congress sent him online for five days before signing them. It was a measurable promise that I’ve monitored here since the beginning of his first term, and I will continue to do so in his second. It was the president’s first broken promise, and in the first year he broke it again with almost every new law, giving just six of the first 124 bills he signed the exposure he promised. With his first term concluded last month, we can now assess how well the president did with Sunlight Before Signing. C...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - February 12, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Jim Harper Source Type: blogs

A Dent in the Universe Is Here!
After months of effort, A Dent in the Universe: 36 Small-Business Lessons from Steve Jobs is now available. Here is a sample of the book (including Table of Contents). As I touched on in the last post, the goal of the book is to help you best run your own business. If you are still thinking about starting a business, it can help you start with the right mindset and attitude. If you already have a business, it can help you take it to the next level. The PDF version of the book is 92 pages long. When you buy the book, you will get not just the PDF version (which is printable) but also the .mobi (for reading on the Kindle) an...
Source: Life Optimizer - February 12, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Donald Latumahina Tags: General Source Type: blogs

Rejecting Medicaid expansion is effectively raising the minimum wage
States that continue to resist the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are finding themselves in a tougher and tougher spot. It’s hard to retain ideological purity while dealing with the nuts and bolts of implementation. Exhibit A is the health insurance exchanges. States can run their own exchanges, but those that decide not to act will find the federal government running their exchanges for them. So you will have the weird phenomenon of blue states running their own exchanges and red states ceding authority to the feds. The Medicaid expansion is an even tougher issue. From where I sit, states that refuse to accept the expans...
Source: Health Business Blog - February 11, 2013 Category: Health Managers Authors: David E. Williams of the Health business blog Tags: Policy and politics Source Type: blogs

Draft Dodging
As Bob noted last week, some of the 58 states have begun to take a serious look at how their Exchanges (if any) will be run. A key issue is the role of agents/advisors, and how they're to be qualified and compensated.Now comes word that HHS Secretary Shecantbeserious is planning to "start registering agents and brokers around July 1."Okay, when you're through laughing, we can continue.Have you noticed the little countdown timer in our sidebar? That's the countdown to the day the Exchanges are to go "live." The date? October 1st. Now, keeping this in mind, wrap your head around this:"The federal exc...
Source: InsureBlog - February 11, 2013 Category: Medical Lawyers and Insurers Source Type: blogs

Planning for Chemotherapy
Many people choose to work through chemotherapy treatment and a lot of those people still have to work in order to pay bills and continue to have health coverage. It isn’t easy, but it can be managed. I worked throughout the six months of my treatment. I was adamant about continuing to work; it kept me feeling normal and in control of the disease. It really depends on how you react to your treatment. I still had enough energy throughout the treatment to carry on with normal living but I really had to rest during my down time, and I paid attention to my physical needs and symptoms. Most importantly was how I planned...
Source: Life with Breast Cancer - February 11, 2013 Category: Cancer Authors: admin Tags: Breast cancer treatment Chemotherapy Source Type: blogs

Make It Your Business to Know Your Online Reputation
Many of your customers probably know you as well as your co-workers, friends and family do. In some cases, they may know you even better. So, what do you do when your online reputation is being called into question? Do you panic? Do you try and cover things up? Lastly, do you fight to restore your good name and that of your business, hoping not to take much of a financial hit? As some business owners have discovered over time, it just takes one negative comment, one questionable posting, one miscommunication to put you and/or your business in peril. Before there was the Internet, business owners typically only had to worry...
Source: Phil Gerbyshak - February 11, 2013 Category: Life Coaches Authors: Phil Gerbyshak Tags: Guest Posts Source Type: blogs

Physician Payment Sunshine Final Rule: Cost and Impact of Regulation
This article, however, focuses on the costs CMS has estimated the Sunshine Act will have on affected stakeholders—doctors, hospitals, and manufacturers—as well as the regulatory impact analysis CMS conducted in issuing the regulation.  CMS estimated that the total cost of these provisions will be approximately $269 million in the first year and $180 million annually thereafter.  Interestingly, CMS admitted having “no empirical ability to estimate the monetary benefits of this provision.”  Nevertheless, they emphasized that the “nonmonetary benefits, … are difficult to qu...
Source: Policy and Medicine - February 11, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Thomas Sullivan Source Type: blogs

HIX and Obamacare
One thing we can always agree on, the federal government is in a class by themselves when it comes to redundancy and coming up with creative (and not so creative) acronyms for another bureaucratic process. Meet HIX. Health Insurance Exchange will now be referred to as HIX. One can imagine the looks you will get when you tell your friends you work for HIX. The exchanges are supposed to use one application process to help consumers find out whether they are eligible for health coverage subsidies or for exemptions from the PPACA "shared responsibility" health insurance ownership mandate. Life Health Pro One app...
Source: InsureBlog - February 6, 2013 Category: Medical Lawyers and Insurers Source Type: blogs

How to Make a Lasting Impression with a Finance Expert
Finding a good finance expert can provide you with many advantages in the business world. When you find a financial expert you want to work with, developing a positive relationship with him or her is important to a successful working relationship. Once you have a financial consultant that you trust and enjoy working with, you’ll be able to run your small business more efficiently. Here are a few things to consider about making a lasting impression with financial experts. Start  by Doing Your Homework If you walk into a meeting with a financial person totally unprepared, it’s going to make you loo...
Source: Phil Gerbyshak - February 6, 2013 Category: Life Coaches Authors: Phil Gerbyshak Tags: Business Improvement Source Type: blogs

My First E-book Is Coming Soon
Last month I wrote that I was working on an e-book in 2012 but couldn’t finish it on time. Now, however, the e-book is almost ready. I expect to launch it next week. The title of the book is A Dent in the Universe: 36 Small-Business Lessons from Steve Jobs. As you might know, I believe that one of the best ways to learn about life is to study the lives of exceptional people. Doing that can help you figure out the best ways to do things. It can also save you time since you don’t have to learn many things yourself the hard way. With that in mind, I make an effort to extract lessons from the lives of successful pe...
Source: Life Optimizer - February 6, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Donald Latumahina Tags: General Source Type: blogs

ObamaCare's Triple-Digit Premium Hikes Dramatize the Need for Repeal
Michael F. Cannon In 2010, the Obama administration excoriated health insurance companies for “rate hikes as high as 39 percent.” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius wrote: This is unacceptable… President Obama has offered a health insurance reform proposal to help working families and small business owners.  It will hold insurance companies accountable by laying out common-sense rules of the road to keep premiums down… Reform will change the rules and help stop exorbitant increases. And the President’s plan will help reduce costs… According to the Chicago Sun-Times, that doubl...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - February 4, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Michael F. Cannon Source Type: blogs

Contingent Healthcare: Birth Control
The Obama Administration announced yesterday a compromise plan to appease opposition from religious organizations (i.e the Catholic church) regarding the coverage of birth control under the auspices of Obamacare.  Under the compromise, employees of churches and non-profit religious organizations will receive free oral contraceptives through a separate healthcare plan, to be paid for by health insurance companies.  The litigants are not satisfied. But Kyle Duncan, the general counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty in Washington, which is representing employers in eight lawsuits, said the litigation...
Source: Buckeye Surgeon - February 2, 2013 Category: Surgeons Authors: Jeffrey Parks MD Source Type: blogs

Who will save the independent physicians?
The Wall Street Journal is my favorite newspaper, but its Op-Ed page is not the place to turn to for sober, non-partisan analysis. So I was only a little bit surprised to read The Doctor’s Office as Union Shop, which blames the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for ushering in “a potentially radical factor in the transformation of health care –the doctor as union worker.” The author, Dr. David Leffell from Yale Medical School, asserts that the ACA’s reimbursement schemes are forcing doctors to abandon their practices, although he doesn’t get into specifics. But reading between the lines it&rsquo...
Source: Health Business Blog - February 1, 2013 Category: Health Managers Authors: David E. Williams of the Health business blog Tags: Physicians Source Type: blogs

How To Get Stuff Done. Period.
When it comes to goal setting and motivation, there are a couple of schools of thought: You should set big, ambitious, audacious goals … ones that challenge you and inspire you You should set small, easy, minimum targets … ones that you can do without fail every single day Who’s right? I think that both can be. A big goal (like writing a book, or losing 50lbs) can be really inspiring, but it can also be daunting. Small targets aren’t so inspiring or exciting … but they are reassuringly do-able. Here’s how to combine both for maximum effect. Ambitious Goals: Shoot for the Moon &ldqu...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - February 1, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ali Luke Tags: motivation productivity tips self improvement goals pick the brain Source Type: blogs

Why GDP Data Shouldn’t Be Interpreted in Ways that Support Keynesian Spending
Daniel J. Mitchell Fighting against statism in Washington is a lot like trying to swim upstream. It seems that everything (how to measure spending cuts, how to estimate tax revenue, etc) is rigged to make your job harder. A timely example is the way the way government puts together data on economic output and the way the media reports these numbers. Just yesterday, for instance, the government released preliminary numbers for 4th quarter gross domestic product (GDP). The numbers were rather dismal, but that’s not the point. I’m more concerned with the supposed reason why the numbers were bad. According to Poli...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - January 31, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Daniel J. Mitchell Source Type: blogs

How Firms Will Adapt to Avoid ObamaCare’s Mandates (and Drive up Its Cost)
Michael F. Cannon An oped in today’s Wall Street Journal explains: How big can a company get with just 50 employees? We’re about to find out. Thousands of small businesses across the U.S. are desperately looking for a way to escape their own fiscal cliff. That’s because ObamaCare is forcing them to cover their employees’ health care or pay a fine—either of which will cut into profits and stymie future investment and growth… “Going protean” offers a better strategy for many businesses. Owners of protean companies create a core of strategic employees who manage the big-pictur...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - January 29, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Michael F. Cannon Source Type: blogs

The Morning Flap: January 24, 2013
California Senator Dianne Feinstein These are my links for January 23rd through January 24th: Feinstein, Conn. Senators Set To Propose Assault Weapons Ban – Connecticut’s two U.S. senators are joining forces with California Sen. Dianne Feinstein and other key senators, proposing a retooled federal ban on assault weapons in the wake of the deadly Newtown school shooting.Sen. Richard Blumenthal told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the proposed legislation, to be unveiled Thursday in Washington, D.C., will more narrowly define what’s considered an assault weapon under a resurrected ban. The bill, he ...
Source: FullosseousFlap's Dental Blog - January 24, 2013 Category: Dentists Authors: Flap Tags: Pinboard Links The Morning Flap #tcot bipartisan Boehner Business Delicious Links Democrats Durbin Feinstein Filibuster GOP Government Guns Hillary_Clinton jobs KXL4jobs Libya Limbaugh Mackey McConnell Obama Oba Source Type: blogs