West Coast port labor talks hinge on resolving health-care costs

West Coast port labor talks hinge on resolving health-care costs
LOS ANGELES β€” The Obama administration's $ 150 million tax on health insurance for 20,000 dockworkers at West Coast ports is complicating contract negotiations whose failure could shut down 29 ports at a cost of $ 2 billion a day. … The West Coast …
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How to retire early while everyone else toils at work
Cover health costs. When crunching the numbers to see if you can retire early, don't forget to include what your health care might cost in retirement. According to a recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report, the average retiree household spends $ 5,118 …
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Obama administration rewrites some health-care policies

Obama administration rewrites some health-care policies
The Obama administration announced Wednesday that it has rewritten an array of far-reaching rules under the Affordable Care Act, the most significant of which will let people keep bare-bones health insurance policies for three more years. The rule …
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For small businesses, health care at what cost?
The Duluth retailer offers group health insurance for its 12 full-time employees, owner Scott Neustel said. Faced with a 28 percent premium increase, Ski Hut switched insurers from Health Partners to Medica, and by starting its new plan a month early …
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Obamacare confirms 2-year extension on canceled health plans
(AP) β€” Warding off the specter of election-year health insurance cancellations, the Obama administration Wednesday announced a two-year extension for individual policies that don't meet requirements of the new health care law. The decision helps …
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Nucleus Medical Media and Gwinnett Medical Center Launch New Healthcare Website Featuring Animated Patient Discharge Instructions


Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) April 19, 2013

Nucleus Medical Media, Inc., the Internets leading creator of 3D medical animations, and Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville, Georgia, have launched a new patient education website featuring animated patient discharge instructions.

The Caring for Yourself After Surgery site features videos on seven common topics, including checking blood flow in the arms and legs, caring for surgical drains, and removing a Foley catheter. Gwinnett Medical Center uses the site as a resource before surgery and after patients are discharged from the hospital.

Gwinnett Medical Center PACU Clinical Resource Nurse Pamela Bear says the discharge animations are helping both families and her fellow nurses, Families state they feel more confident after watching the videos and like being able to access the website to reinforce the instructions after they have returned to their homes. Nurses feel the videos actually make their job easier. After the family and/or patient have reviewed the videos, discharge instructions have more meaning for the patients and their families.

Along with detailed 3D animations and narrations, each video features a downloadable PDF with comprehensive instructions and images to reinforce patient understanding of post-surgical care. Like the animations, the companion PDFs were created strictly following the principles of effective patient communication and health literacy.

“Our goals were to improve patient satisfaction and health outcomes,” said Lynne Sycamore, Patient and Family Education Coordinator with Gwinnett Medical Center. “First, our staff shows patients the discharge animations in the hospital and follows it up with a teach-back session. We discover what questions they have, and ask patients to explain the content in their own words. Afterward, patients receive a printed handout with a link to the website so they can review the material at home.”

Sycamore believes video animations help patients understand information since they can pause, rewind, and watch parts again. “It’s a beneficial element because often, when patients leave our care, they’re still feeling the effects of anesthesia, or they may be on pain medication. Patients may not remember everything we’ve told them. If they prefer the paper form, they can follow those instructions, and if they need more direction, they can go back to the website and watch the animations again,” she says.

Ron Collins, CEO and Cofounder of Nucleus Medical Media believes the website will help reduce hospital readmissions. When patients receive more health information before, during and after care, they are more likely to comply with medical treatment, he says. These narrated medical animations are perfect for health literacy because they require no reading and have moving graphic demonstrations of how to perform key tasks related to aftercare.

AMS Cloud-Based SPHER Breach Detection & Remediation Technology Protects Healthcare Providers From HIPAA Penalties


Torrance, CA (PRWEB) February 22, 2013

According to the Ponemon Institutes Third Annual Survey on Medical Identity Theft, there will be an estimated 1.85 million medical identity theft victims in 2012 (up from 1.41 million in 2010), costing each victim upwards of $ 22,346.

In addition to the importance of protecting patients privacy, healthcare providers face serious financial penalties for non-compliance of the HIPAA Security Rule. In fact, for violations on or after February 18, 2009, the fine is now $ 100 to $ 50,000 or more per violation, with a $ 1.5 million maximum.

To help healthcare providers reduce the risk of financial responsibility, AMS (All Medical Solutions), the healthcare division of Fusion Systems America, introduces SPHER Breach Detection & Remediation Service. SPHER is an affordable service that allows providers to review their EHR audit logs quickly and easily to meet HIPAA Security Requirements. SPHER removes the complexity and stress from breach-related compliance while helping mitigate potential litigation against healthcare providers and lowering insurance premiums for malpractice and cyber security.

Being 100 percent HIPAA compliant is very important, said Gina Shearer, Privacy Officer of MRI Centers. SPHER has allowed us to effortlessly and affordably meet that goal by handling the EHR-centric aspects of compliance. Our patients can feel more secure with the knowledge that we have done all we can to protect their private health data.

Key features of SPHER Breach Detection and Remediation include:

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Partisanship Guides Americans' Attitudes on Health-Care Reform Law: Poll

Partisanship Guides Americans' Attitudes on Health-Care Reform Law: Poll
THURSDAY, Oct. 25 (HealthDay News) — Two years after it was signed into law, Americans' views on the Affordable Care Act continue to track along party lines, even among those who say they've personally been affected by the controversial health-reform …
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Cigna Wins 2012 Health Insurance Award in UK
β€œThe award also acknowledges Cigna's commitment to both the international and domestic health care markets, inspiring us to continue to improve and build our service proposition to meet our customers' health care needs worldwide.” Cigna (NYSE:CI) is …
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Pearl Jam guitarist asks voters to back health care law
2012 – Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready may seem like an odd poster-child for President Obama's health care law. But the musician, 46, has Crohn's disease, an incurable gastrointestinal disorder. He says he was denied health insurance coverage twice …
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