Fiercehealthcare.com– Costs in employer health benefit plans are projected to increase by 4.1% in 2019, according to early datafrom the Mercer National Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans. The increase is on par with this year’s growth of 4.2% and generally in line with the low single-digit increases employers have seen over the past decade.
CNN.com – More than half of all UN countries will fail to honor their commitment to reduce premature deaths from cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes by 2030, a new analysis predicts.
UK.reuters.com – So-called arthroscopic knee surgery is becoming a less common treatment for adults with torn cartilage or painful arthritis as a growing body of evidence shows little benefit from these operations, a U.S. study suggests.
Fiercehealthcare.com-Crowdsourced hospital ratings from sites like Yelp can provide patients with insights on the care experience, but fall short on effectively ranking quality, according to a new study. Researchers at Indiana University compared crowdsourced rankings from Facebook, Google and Yelp to data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Hospital Compare site and found that the two data sets often aligned on patient experience.
ThinkAdvisor.com– Fewer Americans lack health insurance — but the gap remains wide, especially in some pro-Trump states. The number of uninsured declined to 28.3 million in the first quarter, down from 29.3 last year — and 48.6 million in 2010, the year the Affordable Care Act was signed into law by then-President Barack Obama, according to data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.