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Healthcare Intelligence Network
Healthcare Buyer's Connection
Volume IV, No. 25
January 6, 2006
Table of Contents

1.) Company Profiles

  • L&S HomeCare Inc.
  • Badmus Immigration Law Firm, P.C.
  • The Healthcare Group at Zurich US
  • ArticSoft
2.) Predictive Modeling and Finding and Intervening with the High-Cost Healthcare Consumer
3.) Four In Five Large Firms To Maintain Retiree Drug Coverage In 2006
4.) Health Plan Strategies for Pharmacy Benefits
5.) Recommended Reading: Understanding the Medicare Part D Drug Benefit

Sponsored by: Using Web Technologies in Consumer-Driven Healthcare in 2006

Using Web Technologies in Consumer-Driven Healthcare in 2006, a January 17, 2006 audio conference, will provide an overview of how healthcare organizations are providing the right tools via their organizations' web sites to ensure that consumers have the information they need to assess the impact of their healthcare decisions.

Web technologies play a crucial role in the success of consumer-driven healthcare plans. These technologies allow consumers to exert greater control over their own health and the healthcare services they access.

During this 90-minute audio conference, your expert panel of speakers, Kim Bellard, vice president of eMarketing, Highmark Inc. and John Mills, director, product development, HIP Health Plan, will provide inside details on how their organizations are using web technologies in their consumer-driven healthcare plans.

For more information or to register, please visit:
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1.) L&S HomeCare Inc.

We provide the full range of affordable, convenient, compassionate, patient-customized in-home care & assistance: nursing services, physical therapy, home health aides. We work with private insurance, Medicare and Medicaid.

For more information please visit:
http://www.hin.com/buyers_connection_home_health_care.html



Badmus Immigration Law Firm, P.C.

Due to the shortage of Americans needed to fill many health care positions, the healthcare industry has to consider the hire of foreign nationals with the skills needed to fill these positions -- global hiring. Badmus Immigration Law Firm, P.C. counsels and assists medical providers to understand and comply with the everchanging complexities of U.S. immigration laws. With nearly ten years of experience in immigration law, we help you:

For more information please visit:
http://www.hin.com/buyers_connection_lawyer.html



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When you purchase a listing in the Healthcare Intelligence Network Buyer's Connection, you get your company's 250-word profile on the Buyer's Connection web page with company logo and a hot-link, you also will be featured here in our twice monthly Buyers' Connection newsletter!

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The Healthcare Group at Zurich US

Zurich U.S. is a member of the worldwide Zurich Financial Services Group and is rated A+(Superior) by A.M. Best Company. The Healthcare Group at Zurich U.S. provides professional & general liability insurance and offers up to $50 million in excess/umbrella capacity. Call us at 1-800-382-2150 should you require further information about The Healthcare Group at Zurich U.S.

For more information please visit:
http://www.hin.com/buyers_connection_insurance.html



ArticSoft

ArticSoft - HIPAA Privacy & Compliance made simple

ArticSoft government strength encryption & digital signature products protect patient records, health information, or any type of file, document, folder, disk, web form, email, instant message to the strength needed to comply with the HIPAA privacy rule.

For more information please visit:
http://www.hin.com/hipaacomply.html#ArticSoft



2.) Predictive Modeling and Finding and Intervening with the High-Cost Healthcare Consumer

By using a combination of science and technology, health plans and employers can now find specific people that most need and want intervention. Since a fraction of consumers account for 60 percent to 80 percent of healthcare costs, predictive modeling is key in finding that costly percent.

Learn more in this white paper, available for download at:
http://www.hin.com/library/registerpma.html



3.) Four In Five Large Firms To Maintain Retiree Drug Coverage In 2006

Four in five businesses that provide retiree health benefits will accept government subsidies for continuing to provide retiree drug coverage when the new Medicare drug benefit starts in 2006, according to a new survey released this month.

Conducted by Kaiser Family Foundation and Hewitt Associates, the survey represents information from 300 of the nation’s largest private-sector employers.

To read this story in its entirety click here:
http://www.hin.com/bcstory.html



4.) Health Plan Strategies for Pharmacy Benefits

As outpatient prescription drug spending continues its upward spiral, controversy over Medicare and Medicaid prescription drug proposals persists, and the specialty pharmacy industry evolves, payers and PBMs are feeling more pressure than ever to control drug costs.

Payers and PBMs are responding with creative new strategies including some simple ideas that can have immediate impact. Health Plan Strategies for Pharmacy Benefits brings you clear explanations and examples of these strategies.

For more information, please visit:
http://store.hin.com/product.asp?itemid=3102



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5.) Recommended Reading: Understanding the Medicare Part D Drug Benefit

The new Part D drug benefit kicks in on January 1, 2006. In addition to revolutionizing drug coverage for tens of millions of U.S. seniors, Part D will have a major impact on organizations throughout the health care chain.

Health plans, PBMs and pharma companies are directly involved and in addition to seniors have the most at stake. But medical group practices, hospitals and providers of every size and type need a basic understanding of how Part D works the plans, the benefits, the players, the regions, the drugs and more.

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