Catch up on your Health Policy Wonkery for the summer - Jennifer Salopek has posted Health Wonk Review: Polar Vortex Edition at Wing Of Zock. It's a great edition and one of only two to be published during the abbreviated summer schedule, so get your wonk fix now!
Up? Down? Sideways? What's up with health care costs? - Joe Paduda: "First, let's not confuse "costs" with "insurance premiums". Unfortunately, many mass media outlets don't understand that insurance premiums are not costs...which certainly contributes to the confusion ... Second, let's not confuse "price" with "cost", as this report does."
NCCI data reveal need for new model for workers' comp claims management - "What's easy to notice and applaud is the industry's improvement. Not only is the 2013 workers' comp combined ratio of 101 far from the 2001 peak of 122, it is also a seven-point improvement over the previous year. However, the improvement represented in this data must be considered carefully, as the second, more telling story highlights a systemic problem the industry has yet to reconcile."
It's Just Work Comp - DePaolo: "...why is there so much controversy in workers' compensation?"
Can You Link Insurance Premiums To Smoking? - "Another recent study found that smokers missed an average of 6.16 days of work per year as opposed to the 3.86 days missed by non-smokers, and that a smoker taking four 10-minute smoke breaks actually worked one month less over the course of a year than a non-smoking employee. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate that each smoking employee costs a company an additional $3,391 per year - including $1,760 in lost productivity and $1,623 in excess medical expenses. So, smoking employees seem to be an excellent target to help an employer manage its costs, and not just the cost of providing healthcare."
CDC: Opioid Painkiller Prescribing Varies Widely Among States - "Health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioid painkillers in 2012 - many more in some states than in others - according to a Vital Signs report recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that highlights the danger of overdose. The report also has an example of a state that reversed its overdose trend."
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