You Know It’s Bad When…

We are all aware that Super Bowl ads cost an obscene amount of money.  $5 million for just 30 seconds of air-time. That is why I was so surprised by one of the commercials that aired during the game. It was an “educational PSA-type” ad, not for opioids, but for Opioid Induced Constipation (OIC)​.  This minute-long

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CDC Reports a Record-Breaking Year for U.S. Overdose Deaths

While the mainstream media tends to focus on the latest hot-button issues, there are much larger issues quietly but significantly impacting our society. We’ve heard that: Shark attacks are up in the US (53 in 2013, vs. 42 in 2012). Terrorism and mass shootings (or “multi-party shooting incidents”) are responsible for 457 deaths in the US in

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Third Leading Cause of Death in the US? Hospitals.

I have long encouraged people to avoid going to hospitals if they can help it. Just last year, I wrote a column for Risk & Insurance on this very topic. But the message bears repeating, because the numbers are staggering. An estimated​ 440,000 people die each year in the hospital – and not from the

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When Someone Needs to be Right — What is the Other Side?

That is correct.  The other side of the coin is that someone else has to be wrong. Probably the most common and damaging threat to a healthy relationship is the need to be right. This represents the Ego, one of the three “Evil E’s”– Ego, Envy, and Entitlement – that I’ve written about previously. When

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Highest Charging Hospitals…and We Can Help

Of the 50 U.S. hospitals with the highest charges, 20 operate in Florida (40%) and half are owned by a single, for-profit hospital system, according to a study published in the journal Health Affairs. A few interesting facts: • The top 50 highest charging hospitals have average charges at 10 times what Medicare allows. • The average

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Study Reveals Benefits of a Working Mom

A recent study by Harvard has shown that daughters of mothers who work outside the home have very distinct career advantages later in life.  In addition, their adult sons are more involved in household responsibilities and spend more time caring for family members. There was a very large sample size, and the findings appear to

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Erosion of the California Work Comp Reforms & MPN

Recently, we were researching the likely impact of an MPN (Medical Provider Network) implementation for a client in California.  The data can vary dramatically depending upon the client and region of the state. The California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) issued a Research Report in early June regarding the impact of physician networks in California Workers’ Comp.

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