A CEO and CFO Summit “Embracing Wellness as a Business Strategy”

On April 17, 2008 Kevin Seelman, VP of Matria Healthcare and Scott Bradley, VP of Cook, Hall & Hyde, Inc will discuss, principals and best practices for a successful employee based health management program, ROI and your wellness program, HIPAA Regs and how to develop meaningful wellness incentives and relative health plan benchmarking.  Don’t miss this informative seminar.

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Are you Complying with HIPAA’s Final Wellness Regulations?

The US Dept of Labor has developed a checklist to determine whether a health promotion or disease prevention program is required to comply with the DOL’s final wellness program regulations, and, if so, whether the program is in compliance with the regulations.    

Click here for the Wellness Program Checklist

Click here for DOL’s HIPAA Compliance Guide

Hackensack University Medical Center Named Top 50 Hospitals in America

HUMC became the only New Jersey hospital named to the “HealthGrades America’s 50 Best Hospital” list identifying an elite class of top-performing facilities. HUMC is the only hospital in New Jersey, New York, and New England to be named to the list. 2008 marks the second consecutive year HUMC has achieved this honor. The HealthGrades designation represents the healthcare industry’s only quality ranking based solely on objective clinical outcomes among U.S. hospitals. Hackensack is a member of the NJHCQI Provider Council.


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Aetna adds Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center to all Network Based Plans

Effective April 1, 2008 Aetna adds the world renowned Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC to all network based plans. “As one of the world’s premier cancer centers, MSKCC is committed to exceptional patient care, leading-edge research, and superb educational programs,” said John R. Gunn, Executive Vice President, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. “We are pleased that Aetna members will have the opportunity to access Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center on an in-network basis and we look forward to having a long-term relationship with Aetna for the benefit of its members who are or will be in our care.”

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Watson/NBGH Study: Employers still smitten on CDHPs

By 2009, nearly 55% of U.S. corporations plan on offering a consumer-directed health plan, reports Watson Wyatt and the National Business Group on Health.   For Lydell C. Bridgeford’s full story click here  

Aetna Takes the Lead on Personal Health Records

Aetna deserves praise for being out in front with the first-ever personalized search engine that mines information from Aetna’s vast data resources to deliver meaningful, personalized health and health benefits information to Aetna members.  Aetna partnered with Healthline Networks to develop Aetna SmartSource.  Aetna SmartSource is available online and can be accessed through Aetna Navigator®, Aetna’s member self-service website, the CareEngine-powered Personal Health Record (PHR), and Simple Steps To A Healthier Life®, Aetna’s online wellness program. Aetna will pilot Aetna SmartSource with several large, pre-selected customers throughout 2008.

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Cigna Expands Retail Clinics

CIGNA expands their reach of retail clinics that allows members to receive care at addition retail sites in Arkansas and Texas.   These additional retail sites will allow for members additional access to care at an affordable price. 

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