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9 Productivity Hacks for Working from Home

Working from home can be incredibly convenient. You get to skip the long commute and rush-hour traffic. Your schedule is flexible, and can bend and bow to fit whatever you need to do (like picking up your kids from school and actually getting to the bank before it closes). But working from home isn’t without its challenges. For instance, distractions are aplenty: dishes in the sink, piles of laundry, and interruptions from everyone from your kids to UPS to your next-door neighbor. It’s also hard...
Tags: Psychology, Productivity, Facebook, General, UPS, Self-help, Creativity, Working From Home, Price, Mental Health And Wellness, Industrial And Workplace, Success & Achievement, Emily Price, Focusmate, Kate Rope, Focus Keeper

Consumers Union expert weighs in on drug price hikes, other cost challenges

Lynn Quincy Mylan’s price hike for its EpiPen allergy medication is just the latest example of health care costs pressuring consumers, Consumer Union’s Lynn Quincy told AHCJ members in a recent webinar. Quincy, who leads the consumer-advocacy group’s Healthcare Value Hub and has backed efforts to curb rising drug prices, pointed to other recent price increases such as those by drugmakers Valeant and Turing as symptoms of a massive “market failure.” “We are overpaying for health care,” she sai...
Tags: Health, Transparency, Insurance, Costs, Turing, Valeant, Price, United, Health Care Reform, Quincy, Consumers Union, Social determinants, AHCJ

A look at the landscape in health care price transparency

Photo: Tax Credits via Flickr High deductibles and out of pocket costs – which are increasing in both Affordable Care Act exchange plans and employer-sponsored coverage – have given new urgency to helping patients (or “consumers” as they’re called nowadays) learn about the cost and quality of care. If you know both cost and quality, you know more about the value of care. (Assuming the treatment actually is the right and necessary course of care, but that’s a whole other conversation.) Many pr...
Tags: Health, Transparency, Catalyst, Price, Health Affairs, Cost, Health Care Reform, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, AHCJ

Incremental progress seen in price transparency, but report may rate A+ among journalists

Source: Report Card on State Price Transparency Laws — July 2016 Here’s how price transparency should work for a woman with a silver-level insurance plan in one state. Assume this consumer could go to any hospital and would choose based on the cost of care, meaning her out-of-pocket costs (deductible plus co-insurance). She could pay $5,079 at the highest-priced facility or $3,531 at the lowest-priced hospital. The difference between the two is $1,548. Progress toward widespread price transpar...
Tags: Health, Transparency, Colorado, Oregon, Virginia, Insurance, Data, Costs, Right To Know, New Hampshire, Maine, Arizona, States, Price, CPR, Vermont

Panel offers ideas on uncovering true costs of health care at #AHCJ16

For those of us covering health insurance, one of the best sessions at Health Journalism 2016 addressed the challenging issue of how to find the true cost of health care. Moderator Bruce Japsen, who writes about health care and health policy for Forbes, kept the focus on where reporters can look to uncover the actual cost of care in their communities. That generated a terrific pro tip from panelist Chad Terhune of Kaiser Health News. For journalists seeking the inside story on employer-sponso...
Tags: Health, Utah, Business, Minnesota, Colorado, California, Sutter Health, Insurance, Costs, Conference, Price, Liberty Mutual, Mitchell, Forbes, U S Supreme Court, Portland Maine

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