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Washington, DC (PRWEB) July 01, 2014

Blue Water was recently recognized by the Web Marketing Associations 12th annual Internet Advertising Competition (IAC) for the American Lung Associations Share Your Story campaign. Named Best Associations Integrated Ad Campaign and Best Health Care Integrated Ad Campaign, the campaign honored Lung Cancer Awareness Month and provided support to patients, caregivers and survivors whose lives have been impacted by the disease.

The Share Your Story campaign is part of the American Lung Associations Facing Lung Cancer microsite,, which provides resources and education to individuals and families living with a lung cancer diagnosis. By facilitating public discussion around lung cancer, the #1 cancer killer of men and women in the United States, the Share Your Story campaign continues to help build awareness and reduce stigma around the disease, offering a source of support and providing a sense of reassurance and inspiration to those facing lung cancer.

The campaign consisted of a revamped homepage mosaic showcasing real people’s lung cancer stories and photos, landing pages where people could submit their stories and read those of others, buttons to facilitate social media sharing, and a tab to gather stories from Facebook. Additionally, a press release, e-newsletter, Facebook posts and Tweets (using the hashtag #LCAM) were sent out to encourage story submissions and honor the stories shared. As a result of this campaign, visits to the website in the month of November increased by 102 percent from the previous month, with a total of 130 stories shared.

About the Internet Advertising Competition

Produced by the Web Marketing Association, the Internet Advertising Competition honors excellence in online advertising, recognizes the individuals and organizations responsible, and showcases the best in Internet advertising. First conducted in 1999, it is the first and only competition dedicated exclusively to online advertising.

The IACs 2014 judges represent some of the greatest minds and leaders within the Internet Advertising community, including: Arc Worldwide, BGT Partners, Brunner Digital, Campbell-Ewald, CNN News Group, Deep Interactive Asia, Digitas, EuroRSCG 4D, Google, IBM Interactive, imc2, JWT, LeapFrog Interactive, Mass Transmit, McCann Worldgroup, Razorfish, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Tectis GmbH, TMP Worldwide, Universal McCann Interactive and Wunderman / Y&R. These judges evaluate websites based on creativity, innovation, impact, design, copywriting, memorability, and use of the medium.

About Blue Water

Blue Water is an award-winning information technology, web design, and interactive marketing agency based in Washington, D.C., with offices in New York and San Francisco. The firm provides Government, business, and non-profit clients with full lifecycle support for digital initiatives including custom web & software development, commercial and government website design, digital marketing, hosting, 508 compliance and ongoing site maintenance. Leveraging cutting edge web design techniques, flexible open source software applications, emerging technologies, and integrated marketing campaigns, Blue Water Media offers a turnkey approach to attaining online success. For more information, please visit:

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Washington, DC (PRWEB) June 04, 2014

Health insurer Universal American Corp., which has partnered with 34 Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) accountable care organizations (ACOs) in the last three years to offer financial and analytical support in exchange for a share of future savings, said last month it will cut loose an undisclosed number of those ACOs due to poor financial performance. For its June issue, a leading consultant interviewed by Atlantic Information Services, Inc.s ACO Business News (ABN) posits other reasons for Universal Americans decision to drop certain ACOs.

Leavitt Partners L.L.P. Director of Research David Muhlestein tells ABN that some of the organizations who didnt want to follow the Universal American game plan may get cut there could have been some personal disagreements there. Universal Americans approach has leaned heavily on impacting the cost of care in the short term by cutting certain care-related expenses, rather than on investing in care management systems and strategies that could cost more up front, but pay dividends down the road, Muhlestein explains.

However, some of the problems with individual ACOs performance could be related more to the benchmarks assigned to them by CMS, which are based on prior year spending for their specific ACO members, than to differences in care coordination philosophy, he adds. Those that were assigned easy-to-hit benchmarks have an advantage over those with more difficult benchmarks, and Universal American may be culling those that cant meet the benchmarks, Muhlestein says.

Asked to respond to Muhlesteins comments, Universal American Chairman and CEO Richard Barasch tells ABN that they are pure speculation on [Muhlesteins] part and contain several inaccuracies about our ACO strategy and Medicare Advantage business.

Universal American President and Chief Financial Officer Robert Waegelein tells ABN that the company will detail which ACOs are affected when it reports second-quarter financial results around the beginning of August. The company is waiting for final 2013 results from CMS to make its own final determinations on which ACOs stay and which will go.

We want to be very clear: Were still very much a firm believer in MSSP, Waegelein says. However, he adds, we want to invest in whats working and cease investment in whats not.

Visit to read the article in its entirety.

About ACO Business News

ACO Business News delivers timely news and business strategies on accountable care organizations for physicians and provider groups, hospitals, health plans and their advisers. The monthly newsletter covers the latest industry actions to design and create ACOs, results that are already being achieved by ACO-like entities, and HHS regulations and guidance on this provocative new trend in health care. Featuring the pros and cons of various strategies for different types of organizations, ACO Business News is designed to help readers avoid the pitfalls ahead and transform exciting ACO opportunities into winning business strategies. Visit for more information.

About Atlantic Information Services

Atlantic Information Services, Inc. (AIS) is a publishing and information company that has been serving the health care industry for more than 25 years. It develops highly targeted news, data and strategic information for managers in hospitals, health plans, medical group practices, pharmaceutical companies and other health care organizations. AIS products include print and electronic newsletters, websites, looseleafs, books, strategic reports, databases, webinars and conferences. Learn more at

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Dallas, TX (PRWEB) August 14, 2012

Benefit Brainstorm, a company specializing in low-cost concierge health benefits for corporations, announces the launch of freshbenies to revolutionize health benefits for American families. Did you know health insurance costs are skyrocketing, leaving gaps like never beforeand, theres no end in sight for American families? Of course you did!

Reid Rasmussen, ex-Canadian, health insurance industry veteran and reform expert has this to say: In the last 3 years, Americans haven’t seen a pay raise, yet their healthcare costs are up about 30% with huge increases in out-of-pocket expenses. Add to that, 32 million uninsured Americans will clog doctor offices as health reform comes into full swing. So, we’re paying more, yet having a tougher time getting care – and navigating “the system” won’t get any easier! Most Americans don’t even know there are innovative solutions out there. Weve been serving the corporate customer with these solutions for years and saw the need to help busy families, too.

Heidi Rasmussen, 27-year retail and consumer marketing veteran said Women are master consumers in all other areas of life except health insurance even though they make 80% of the benefits buying decisions. They also deal with the fallout of healthcare issues staying home from work to take a sick kid to the doctor, shuttling to dentist and optometrist visits, dealing with their insurance plan, medical bills, etc. Why arent women better health insurance consumers? Because the industry is so complex and hasnt provided the necessary tools to help the actual end consumer. We started freshbenies to do just that.

So, how does freshbenies fill the gaps and help with skyrocketing healthcare and insurance costs?

freshbenies bundles non-insurance benefits together into one simple card by leveraging the volume of big corporations. Thats why its low-cost!

According to the American Medical Association, about 70% of all doctors visits result in information or a consultation that could have easily been handled via phone or internet. Use the 24/7/365 Call a Doctor service AND get a prescription, if needed. Its a fact – kids get sick on Friday at 4pm now, busy women can just call their 24/7/365 Dr. BFF to get needed advice (maybe even a prescription) and have their kids feeling better fast without that wasted time in the waiting room!

freshbenies provides a Personal Advisor to help members navigate medical care, paperwork, insurancethe system. They can help find a specialist, the best hospital for a procedure, answer questions about an insurance issue, etc. They also review, summarize and even work to negotiate discounts on medical bills.

The National Association of Dental Plans estimates about 47% of Americans dont have dental insurance, and the Vision Council estimates that 83% of employers dont provide vision benefits. Because of this, freshbenies gives busy women dental discounts and vision discounts on everything from brand-name eyewear, LASIK, and contacts to braces, cleanings, whitening and dental/vision exams all at substantially discounted rates.

These days, many families have a prescription drug thats expensive or not covered by insurance. freshbenies members save an average of 38% simply by flashing their freshbenies card at over 60,000 participating locations.

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Shrewsbury, MA (PRWEB) July 31, 2012

The American Healthcare Documentation Professionals Group (AHDPG), a leading online training and workforce development company announces the launch of its Sizzling Summer Scholarship program. The program is designed to eliminate any barrier to enrollment and help our graduates join the healthcare workforce as quickly as possible.

Healthcare documentation plays a vital role in the healthcare industry and job opportunities in medical transcription, medical billing, medical coding and medical scribing are a natural career path for many individuals with or without previous healthcare experience, says Peter Reilly, President and CEO. “Our Sizzling Summer Scholarship program offers prospective new students the opportunity to enroll in one of our training programs at the lowest prices of the year and a simple to use monthly payment plan, with no interest.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical transcription, medical billing, medical coding and medical scribing are amongst the ten fastest growing allied health occupations and employers are actively seeking qualified candidates. The industry is projected to grow by a staggering 15 percent over the next seven years, resulting in the creation of an additional 80,800 new jobs during this timeframe. This growth is being driven by the recent passage of the Affordable Care Act, the aging of the population and the countrys move to a new coding and reimbursement system (ICD-10) in 2014.

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Seattle, WA (PRWEB) July 02, 2012

When Mrs. Ramirez met with American Financial Solutions certified credit counselor Carmen Perales, she and her husband owed $ 30,000 in medical bills. Perales worked with the family to establish a budget and to understand all of their expenses, but that was not all they accomplished.

The Supreme Courts recent ruling in favor of the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) (visit our website to learn more), provides multiple benefits for consumers. Free preventative care, no waiting periods for care, and no maximum amount of benefits someone can receive in a lifetime. However, those benefits may come at a higher price for other services. Some insurance companies, medical providers and pharmaceutical companies are struggling to reduce their expenses and find a way to shift their increasing costs to consumers.

Every day, American Financial Solutions (AFS) assists people overwhelmed with medical debt. According to Becky House, Education Director for AFS, Nearly everyone we counsel has some sort of medical debt. If it has not been paid, it shows up on their credit report. If it has been paid, it may be hidden in the debt on their credit cards.

In a study published in 2010 by Demos, a non-partisan public policy research and advocacy organization, and The Access Project, a resource center for local communities working to improve health and healthcare access, households with medical debt carried an average of $ 11,612 in credit card debt. Of that amount $ 2,194 is attributed to healthcare expenses.

In March of 2012, the Centers for Disease Control released a report stating that in 2011, one in three persons was in a family experiencing the financial burden of medical care. One in 5 persons was in a family having problems paying medical bills, 1 in 4 persons was in a family paying medical bills over time, and 1 in 10 persons was in a family that had medical bills they were unable to pay at all.

Mrs. Musgrove came to American Financial Solutions in 2007 looking for help to rebuild her credit after filing bankruptcy to eliminate $ 68,000 in medical expenses. Before the bankruptcy, I was actually borrowing money from family to pay collection agencies. I couldnt keep up with the bills. I wanted to pay for the services, but no one would take payments. They all wanted the entire amount – now. I didn’t know there was help available.

As for the Ramirez family, their story ended very differently. After reviewing the familys financial situation, Ms. Perales encouraged them to contact the hospital to whom they owed money and seek charity care or financial assistance. They did and based on their income and family size, the Ramirezes qualified for charity care and the entire debt was eliminated.

Both of these families provide an example as to why it is important to know your medical debt repayment options.

As shown in the Ramirez case, resolution of medical bills does not have to end in bankruptcy or with accounts sent to collection agencies. American Financial Solutions recommends exploring all options for handling the debt. Below are some tips:


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Health Care Reform and American Politics:What Everyone Needs to Know

Health Care Reform and American Politics:What Everyone Needs to Know

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act signed by President Obama in March 2010 is a landmark in U.S. social legislation. The new law extends health insurance to nearly all Americans, fulfilling a century-long quest and bringing the United States to parity with other industrial nations. Affordable Care aims to control rapidly rising health care costs and promises to make the United States more equal, reversing four decades of rising disparities between the very rich and everyone else. Millions of people of modest means will gain new benefits and protections from insurance company abuses – and the tab will be paid by privileged corporations and the very rich.
How did such a bold reform effort pass in a polity wracked by partisan divisions and intense lobbying by special interests? What does Affordable Care mean – and what comes next? In Health Care Reform and American Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know, Lawrence R. Jacobs and Theda Skocpol–two of the nation’s leading experts on politics and health care policy–provide a concise and accessible overview. They explain the political battles of 2009 and 2010, highlighting White House strategies, the deals Democrats cut with interest groups, and the impact of agitation by Tea Partiers and progressives. Jacobs and Skocpol spell out what the new law can do for everyday Americans, what it will cost, and who will pay. Above all, they explain what comes next, as critical yet often behind-the-scenes battles rage over implementing reform nationally and in the fifty states. Affordable Care might end up being weakened. But, like Social Security and Medicare, it could also gain strength and popularity as the majority of Americans learn what it can do for them.

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