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What is the status of movement toward Single-Payer?

Although the idea of a single payer system is still not accepted by a majority of Americans, a small majority of Americans favor the idea of healthcare as a government responsibility. According to a Pew Research Center Survey in January, 60 percent of Americans agree that government is responsible to ensure health coverage to all Americans, compared to 38 percent who feel government is not responsible. This is an opinion most strongly held by Democratic leaning citizens (more than 80 percent) than Republican leaning Americans (32 percent), and most strongly held by lower income Americans (74 percent) than more affluent Americans (53 percent).

Five Companies with Great HR Reputations

A company's most valuable assets are going to be their employees. As such, the human resources department of any company is going to be extremely important to the overall success of the business. The days where the HR departments just gathered applications and interviewed candidates are long gone. The HR department is responsible for planning the best strategies to recruit the best of the best when it comes to employees, designing and implementing incentive programs for the staff members who really excel and shine, and diagnosing and treating organizational problems. The modern HR department is the backbone of any successful business. Let's take a look at five companies with HR departments that really excel at what they do. 

GOP Healthcare Bill Update

Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare have taken a step forward last Thursday, May 4th. The Republican bill, the American Health Care Act, just narrowly passed through the House of Representatives by a vote of 217 to 213. The bill has been changed since the last time Republicans tried to bring a health care bill to the floor of the house. Let's explore the new changes and take a look at the future of the American Health Care Act as it moves from the House of Representatives into the Senate. 

AI in Healthcare Collections: Using Data Analytics to Forecast Repayment

No doubt you're reading many things about artificial intelligence lately, including how close it's becoming to a real HAL 9000. Despite exciting advancements, AI may seem limited in the industries it can serve. If you're in healthcare, you'll be amazed at what AI is doing today. It's not about voice-activated Alexa-like platforms helping improve healthcare management.

Direction of Deductibles Reveals Some Alarming Trends

Healthcare is important and necessary, but it is also becoming increasingly more expensive. In fact, the rising rates and direction of deductibles reveals some alarming trends that can't be overlooked. This isn't a doomsday message, yet the simple fact remains that if the health insurance prices continue to climb at this rate, there will be few who will be able to afford it.

Could a Roth HSA Be Right for Me?

Medical expenses continue to be a challenge for many Americans, even as more people are insured because of the ACA.  In an effort to control rising premium costs, insurers have introduced a variety of high-deductible policies that are compatible with Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), tax-free savings that can be used to cover medical expenses not covered by an insurance policy.

Using Data Analysis to Improve Employee Retention

Hiring employees is already a time-consuming process that frequently has to go on what's written on the candidate's resume, as well as a few references. While this is a standard used for decades, it's always been a risk. With tougher challenges in the workplace and workers needed to keep your company expectations high, playing risk just isn't a good idea.

Top 5 Employee-Benefits Trends for 2017

Dropping to 4.6% in November, the unemployment rate is at its lowest point since 2007.  That sends a clear message to employers:  they need innovative programs to attract and retain the best employees, especially when it comes to competitive benefits packages.  The days when paid holidays and uniform insurance plans were enough to satisfy American workers are over.  These days, employers need to listen to their employees and work hard to give them the benefits they want.

How Important is Primary Care?

As health costs continue to rise, many people have decided that primary care is not worth the expense, a conclusion that's a big mistake for a variety of reasons. For example, many conditions are easily treatable when caught in their early stages. In fact if you think about the words "primary care", you'll realize that primary care clinicians are your first line of defense against a variety of health care problems.