The nation's largest health insurer expects to play a much bigger role in the health care overhaul next year, as the federal law shifts from raising giant questions for the sector to offering growth opportunities.
The UnitedHealth Group study was designed to test the theory that paying doctors a percentage of the cost of medicines they prescribe encourages them to use more expensive treatments, rather than the best or most cost-effective ones.
Civic and business leaders, tired of seeing Kansas City ranked as one of the fattest, unhealthiest cities in the nation, have created a Healthy KC Commission. Leaders are seeking citizen input on how to get people to smoke less, lose weight, exercise more, eat better and, with luck, reduce the high incidence of diabetes.
Health insurance bought on the federal health insurance marketplace for 2014 cost buyers an average of $59 a month in Missouri and $67 a month in Kansas. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said income tax credits for eligible buyers — offered through the online federal site — cut the average premium cost from $344 in Missouri and from $290 in Kansas.
The Healthy Lifestyles grants support community programs that aim to increase access to healthy food and safe places to be physically active and reduce exposure to tobacco among the uninsured and underserved residents of the community. The foundation said it selected the 20 nonprofits from a pool of 61 proposals that sought $8.9 million in funding.
Cerner executives told shareholders that the company’s evolution from a health care information technology company to a health care company has made it a leader in the industry and produced a big economic impact in the Kansas City area.
The Obama administration has quietly adjusted key provisions of its signature health care law to potentially make billions of additional taxpayer dollars available to the insurance industry if companies providing coverage through the Affordable Care Act lose money.
About 113,000 adult portable handles used to help people get into and out of bed are being recalled by a Blue Springs company following reports of three deaths. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Tuesday that Bed Handles Inc. is voluntarily recalling the handles.
When hope and hype swell around new drugs and procedures, the results can be ineffective, expensive and even dangerous. “There’s a tendency by doctors and patients to believe that newer is better and more expensive is better and higher tech is better,” said physician and author Richard Deyo. “The truth is, it really is very difficult, even within the medical profession, to distinguish the really important advances from things that aren’t.”