Jay Hancock

Jay Hancock appears in the following:

7 Questions To Ask Your Boss About Wellness Privacy

Sunday, October 04, 2015

More employers than ever are nudging workers toward plans that screen them for risks, monitor their activity and encourage them to make healthful choices. Can you trust the boss to keep the data safe?


When The Hospital Is Boss, That's Where Doctors' Patients Go

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Stanford researchers found that a hospital's ownership of a doctor's practice "dramatically increases" the odds the doctor will admit patients there instead of a competing hospital.


Experiment In Coordinated Care For Medicare Failed To Show Savings

Monday, July 27, 2015

The test aimed to help high-risk Medicare patients navigate the health care maze. But after three years, expected improvements in quality and savings failed to materialize.


Supreme Court's Decision On Same-Sex Marriage Expected To Boost Health Coverage

Monday, June 29, 2015

Many companies are expected to expand coverage to same-sex spouses if they already offer benefits to opposite-sex spouses. But the recent Supreme Court decision doesn't require them to do so.


Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidies

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The 6-3 ruling halted a challenge that would have eliminated health insurance subsidies in at least 34 states for individuals and families buying coverage through the federal government's marketplace.


Surprise! Some Job-Based Health Plans Don't Cover Hospitalization

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Better read the fine print of your health insurance policy. An unlucky woman in Minnesota learned her policy was woefully skimpy only after she fell while walking her dogs, and faced a $19,000 bill.


Here's A Radical Approach To Big Hospital Bills: Set Your Own Price

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Some companies are refusing to pay employee hospital bills that they think are out of line. Instead, they pay what they think is reasonable. So far the gambit appears to be working.


Health System Took Control To Make Joint Replacement More Profitable

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Baptist Health System in San Antonio made money doing what used to be industry heresy: reducing patients' use of medical care.


High-Deductible Health Plans Cut Costs, At Least For Now

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Health plans that require people to pay thousands of dollars up front cut costs in the first three years, a study finds. But no one knows if costs will rise later as people avoid preventive care.


Attention, Shoppers: Prices For 70 Health Care Procedures Now Online!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

It's not exactly for knee replacements. But a website from the nonprofit Health Care Cost Institute could helping patients shop around for the best values.


Administration Bars Health Plans That Won't Cover Hospital Care

Monday, February 23, 2015

Companies mainly in lower-wage industries that hadn't previously offered health coverage had been flocking to the stripped-down plans for 2015.


Experiments With Coordinating Medical Care Deliver Mixed Results

Friday, January 30, 2015

The medical home is intended to make health care better and safer by having primary care providers manage a patient's care. So far it's not clear if they can also save money.


Early Test Of An Obamacare Experiment Posts Little Progress

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Community groups getting federal funds to reduce hospital readmissions made improvements, an early evaluation finds. The experiment will run for five years.


Small Businesses Drop Coverage As Health Law Offers Alternatives

Monday, December 15, 2014

Subsidies created by the health law to help workers buy their own coverage and steady increases in companies' insurance costs have made it easier for them to decide to discontinue health insurance.


Administration Warns Employers: Don't Dump Sick Workers From Plans

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Brokers and consultants have told large employers they could save money by shifting workers with expensive health conditions into insurance marketplace exchanges. Now that has been deemed illegal.


6 Pitfalls To Avoid When Picking Insurance On The Job

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Even if your health insurance is provided by an employer, your plan may be changing quite a bit in 2015. Here's a guide to the questions you should keep in mind when looking over your options.


Employers Can't Skip Insurance Coverage For Hospitalization

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Many companies planned to offer health insurance without hospital coverage because it met requirements of a "minimum value" formula. But the Treasury Department says those plans aren't legal.


Debate Grows Over Employer Health Plans Without Hospital Benefits

Friday, September 26, 2014

A federal calculator that companies use to certify whether their health insurance complies with the Affordable Care Act appears to bless plans without hospital coverage.


Health Costs Inch Up As Obamacare Kicks In

Friday, September 12, 2014

While there were increases in the second quarter of this year, they don't appear to be pushing the growth in health spending toward the painful levels of a decade ago.


Many Big Employers Plan To Offer Skimpy Health Options Despite Law

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

These low-benefit plans are part of a strategy that lets workers and employers avoid health law penalties but may not provide substantial coverage.