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Outpatient Medical Care Prices Are Rising, Study Shows

As hospitals have acquired more doctor practices, prices for outpatient medical services have gone up, according to a new study in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. The uptick in outpatient costs “was driven almost entirely by price increases,” they wrote.

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Feds Issue Proposed Rule on Health Information Collected by Workplace Wellness Programs

Federal regulators on October 29 announced a proposed rule allowing voluntary employer workplace wellness programs to ask for health information, including some limited genetic details, from participants and their spouses. Employer groups will likely be pleased by one provision in the proposal, which allows financial incentives to encourage employees’ participation be set as high as 30 percent of the cost of a family health plan, which can amount to thousands of dollars.

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Wellness: It's Not Just About the Money

In a recent survey by Willis Group Holdings, most employers said it's not about the money when it comes to company wellness initiatives. The survey found that 64 percent said their wellness plan was focused on value of investment, rather than financial return on investment. Only 28 percent said their focus was ROI.

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Employees Opting Out of Workplace Wellness

According to a survey by Towers Watson and the National Business Group on Health, half of workers did not participate in any well-being activity or health-related management program, evidencing that workplace wellness programs and their incentives still have a long way to go.

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Poll: Nearly 7 in 10 Oppose ObamaCare's Cadillac Tax

Nearly seven in 10 people believe ObamaCare’s so-called Cadillac tax should be repealed or delayed, according to a poll released October 21. The poll, commissioned by business groups, shows that opposition to the tax is growing.

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