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The Promise of Telemedicine to Pare Health Costs

Telemedicine could potentially deliver more than $6 billion a year in health care savings to U.S. companies, but only if the technology is widely-adopted. According to analysis by global professional services company Towers Watson, achieving this level of savings would …

Health Cost Increases in 2013 Were Lowest in Decade: Aon Hewitt

There was some relatively good news in health care this year. U.S. employers and their employees saw the lowest health care premium rate increases in 2013 in more than a decade, according to global consultant Aon Hewitt. After plan design …

Technology, Not Presidents, Drives Healthcare Costs

Last week I attended Brookings Papers on Economic Activity to watch some of the smartest economists in America debate some of the most interesting papers. The very first paper presented is of particularly timely interest: “Is This Time Different? The …

Businesses Seek Cure for Health Care Cost Surge

A year ago, Teresa Hartnett was on the verge of expanding her small business. The company had hit $1 million in sales, and requests from clients were flowing in. She planned to transition from nearly 30 freelancers to a full-time …

Indiana State May Charge Tobacco Users More for Insurance

Next year, Indiana State University employees who smoke or use other tobacco products could face a $1,200 per year surcharge if they have university health insurance. Also, employees who voluntarily agree to health screenings and health risk assessments would receive …