Health care costs continue to outpace inflation and pay raises, but people who take time to do their homework, weigh their choices and make smart decisions will be able to make their benefit dollars stretch farther next year.
That’s the advice from Hewitt Associates, a human resources consulting and outsourcing company. The company’s research shows that workers will continue to pay more of their own money for benefits during 2009. Continue Reading Save money during open enrollment
The National Institutes of Health is establishing a multi-site research network to conduct clinical trials for common menopausal symptoms.
The initiative, the Menopause Strategies: Finding Lasting Answers for Symptoms and Health, is being led by the National Institute on Aging in collaboration with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the Office of Research on Women’s Health. Continue Reading Research network will focus on menopausal symptom treatment
People have been traveling abroad for medical treatment for at least a decade, but there’s a new twist.
Employers have started encouraging workers to travel within the United States for medical treatment, taking advantage of geographical variations in the quality and cost of domestic health care. Others are leveraging deals they’ve struck with foreign hospitals to secure better rates with U.S. hospitals that want to keep patients in the country. Continue Reading Employers encourage workers
Nearly 9,500 children are accidentally taking their parents’ prescription painkillers every year — leading to serious medical issues.
A report was published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine shows an increasing number of children under 6 are being exposed to lortab, vicodin, percocet or oxycontin. Continue Reading Children facing increased risk of drug poisoning
Which is better — an SUV or a subcompact?
While one gets better gas mileage, it could also be contributing to higher insurance costs because of increased medical claims.
The Insurance Research Council researched the connection between lighter vehicles which get better gas mileage and larger vehicles which perform better in crash tests. They’ve found that the small cars are more dangerous — which could lead to higher insurance rates. Continue Reading Injuries in small automobiles equal higher medical bills
Adult obesity rates continue to rise in 37 states, including Colorado.
But the state is still the thinnest in the nation, according to a report from Trust for America’s Health.
The annual survey shows that no state posted a decrease in its rates. Mississippi, as in other surveys, ranked highest at 31.7 percent, while Colorado was lowest at 18.4 percent.
Despite the lowest ranking in the nation, Colorado’s rate grew from 17.6 percent during a single year. Continue Reading F is for fat: Nation is still gaining
Colorado will soon have one of the largest health care information networks in the country.
A grant from the Federal Communications Commission will allow the Colorado Hospital Association to develop a telehealth network.
The FCC award provides up to $4.6 million in federal money over three years. When combined with a similar FCC award to the Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council, $9.8 million will be made available for the initiative. Continue Reading State creating one of nation’s largest telecare networks
People who lose weight after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes have better control of their blood pressure and blood sugar, and are more likely to maintain that control even if they regain their weight.<br>
A Kaiser Permanente study published online in the American Diabetes Association journal followed more than 2,500 adults with type 2 diabetes for four years. Those who lost weight within an average of 18 months after diagnosis were up to twice as likely to achieve their blood pressure and blood sugar targets as those who didn’t lose weight. Continue Reading Early weight loss could be key to controlling diabetes
A law went into effect earlier this week that makes Colorado the 16th state in the nation to support breastfeeding in the workplace.
The law requires employers to provide reasonable break time and make efforts to provide suitable, private space for mothers to express breast milk at work. It also prohibits discrimination against women who need extra accommodations for breastfeeding at work. Continue Reading Employers now required to provide breastfeeding support
The Colorado Rural Health Care Grant Council has awarded more than $1.9 million in grants to strengthen health care delivery in rural communities.
The council awarded 52 grants, ranging from $1,600 to $50,000, to physical, mental and oral health care providers in 34 Colorado counties for infrastructure projects. Continue Reading Colorado’s rural communities receive $1.9M in grants