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Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) July 19, 2012

Connolly, Inc. has published a white paper that provides advice to assist healthcare payers in cutting costs and generating savings. The white paper, entitled Reducing Specialty Drug Expense Through Identification and Elimination of Claim Payment Errors, gives specific insight into how post-payment recovery audits can help reduce specialty drug expenses.

Collective specialty drug spend continues to rise rapidly, as it has for several years. In fact, specialty drug costs grew more than 17% in 2011, while spend on traditional drugs remained flat. In 2012, it is anticipated that for the first time ever, a specialty drug will be the best selling pharmaceutical in the world.

Payers recognize that no single strategy can manage this increasing spend, but rather that strategies must be used in combination, said Michael Wilson, Connolly Director of Marketing. This paper examines a strategy that is sometimes overlooked, yet which is very effective the elimination of payment errors through recovery auditing.

Specialty drug spend is truly a unique area within healthcare, and as such requires special attention, said Cory Deagle, Connolly Principal, who leads a team of healthcare auditors and collaborated on the white paper. Obviously, the drugs themselves are incredibly complex, clinically, but the billing and administration also presents significant challenges. Working with many of the top US payers, our experience has shown that focusing on accurate payment will add dollars back to the bottom line and reduce future spend.

The white papers release coincides with Connollys participation in a conference presented by AHIP (Americas Health Insurance Plans). It takes place June 20 23, in Salt Lake City, UT. Connolly attends the conference each year to meet with clients and share its extensive knowledge of healthcare trends and issues.

About Connolly – Connolly Inc. is the worlds largest provider of recovery auditing services. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and with 23 offices throughout the U.S., the UK and Canada, Connolly has more than 1,200 employees serving 130 Healthcare, Retail and Commercial clients. Connolly recovers over $ 1 billion a year in overpayments for clients and offers process improvement recommendations that mitigate future losses. Connollys contract compliance services ensure clients receive what they negotiated. Connolly provides recovery auditing services for 19 of the top 20 U.S. retailers, 7 of the top 8 healthcare payers, and 60 Commercial companies. Connolly maintains a 97% customer satisfaction rating, is consistently listed on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America, and has twice been named One of the Best Places to Work. Connollys Audit Support Center is located in Wilton, CT.

For additional information, please visit Connolly at http://www.connolly.com.

Media Contact:

Anne Marcus, Public Relations

Connolly, Inc.

(203) 423-1456

anne(dot)marcus(at)connolly(dot)com

http://www.connolly.com







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Hillsboro, OR (PRWEB) June 20, 2012

Oregon Hot Tub, a HotSpring Spas dealer selling new and used hot tubs with stores and coverage in Portland and surrounding areas like Hillsboro, Salem, Beaverton, Bend, Clackamas and Vancouver, WA is celebrating Mens Health Awareness Month by providing free test soaks in new or used hot tubs in any of their 5 showrooms.

Mens Health Month is the perfect time to make a few simple changes leading to improved health and well-being, said Sue Rogers, president of Oregon Hot Tub. By taking a proactive approach to health, watching how much they eat and soaking in the hot tub a few nights a week, men can make significant improvements leaving them feeling re-energized, refreshed and ready to face what lies ahead, said Dave Doornink, marketing manager. Here are three easy ways to get started:

Get a Clean Bill of Health – Men are notorious for avoiding the doctor when theyre actually sick, never mind when theyre not. This month, men should make an effort to take better care of themselves by visiting a doctor for an annual checkup. If they havent been in a while, it may be a visit worth considering, even for a few screenings. Besides, if they confirm good health with their doctor, me will be less likely to worry about testicular or prostate cancer or other dangerous conditions known to affect them. Remember, as men age, the key to good health is being proactive and taking the extra steps to keep themelves healthy before its too late.

Re-Think Eating Habits – It is well known that dieting is an efficient and effective way to control weight and feel better. That doesnt mean people do it. However, if men really want to make a difference without changing much, consider reducing meal portion size. Men can still eat the stuffed chicken or the greasy pizza, just dont eat as much. Lots of people incorrectly assume to make positive changes, they must avoid certain foods. While this may be the most efficient way, men can improve their health without having to deny themselves the foods they love.

De-Stress and Get Healthy With a Hot Tub – In todays overworked, anxiety prone world, its often easy to become stressed without even realizing it. In fact, for many men, work, play and family life occupies so much time, there is nothing left. The answer? Consider a soak in the hot tub a few nights per week and let the body and mind relax. A well-deserved chance to rejuvenate and refresh, the hot tub can benefit men in more ways than one.

Its called hydrotherapy and its an effective solution for not only relieving stress, but also, improving weight loss efforts, decreasing symptoms of type 2 Diabetes and lowering blood pressure. Sound unbelievable? Men are encouraged to try it and in a few weeks time, see if they dont feel a new energy, vitality and robust spirit.

To encourage people to check the benefits of soaking in a hot tub to help relieve the pain of arthritis for themselves, Oregon Hot Tub is providing free test soaks at all their showrooms. We do recommend however that people wanting to schedule their free 30-minute soak call us ahead of time to reserve their spot, commented Doornink.

Consumers wanting to find the Oregon Hot Tub location nearest them are encouraged to visit the company website for more information. The website address is http://OregonHotTub.com

About Us

Oregon Hot Tub has been the #1 selling hot tub company in Portland and only features the highest quality and most leading-edge products at our five convenient locations. We have a dual philosophy: incomparable customer service and professional advice from our knowledgeable staff prior to your purchase and incomparable support for you and your product post-purchase. All this combined is why we are known as the one friends recommend. To learn more, pick up a copy of our free report 5 Critical Questions You Must Ask Before You Invest in a Hot Tub or Spa. Just give us a call at 503-533-5603 or go to http://www.OregonHotTub.com.







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HBMA Offers Certification for Healthcare Billing Executives - CHBME

Healthcare Billing & Management Association offers healthcare providers a unique program to become certified as CHBME. Tracks available for Compliance Professionals and Compliance Executives/Managers. For more information: www.HBMA.org 877-640-4262

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Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) June 07, 2012

While there are still a few weeks left until the official start of summer, pet parents from coast to coast are already looking for ways to beat the heat. Restricting outdoor exercise and keeping cool in the shade are not just helpful hints for humans who want to stay healthy in the heat theyre good ideas for pets, too! Petplan, Americas No. 1-rated pet insurance company, reminds pet parents to take extra precaution in keeping pets safe as thermometers spike.

Four-legged friends face many of the same dangers associated with hot weather that humans do, but the most dangerous is heat stroke, or hyperthermia.

“Hyperthermia is an extremely serious condition, not only because it can do permanent damage to a pets health, but also because it can progress so rapidly, says Dr. Jules Benson, Vice President of Veterinary Services for Petplan. A dog’s normal temperature usually peaks at around 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit, but when it reaches 105-110 degrees, this can lead to coma, organ dysfunction and even permanent brain damage or death. Signs of heat distress can be subtle, so watch for restlessness with excessive panting, salivation or drooling.

If your pet shows signs of hyperthermia, seek immediate veterinary care. Intravenous fluid therapy and professional monitoring and support are often crucial to ensure your pet makes a full recovery, Benson says. On the way to the vet, you can help cool your pet gradually by placing wet towels on the back of his neck, under his arms and in his groin area while in an air-conditioned car or cool, shaded area.

The veterinary care required to treat a severely hyperthermic pet can be extensive, not to mention expensive. According to Petplan claims data, veterinary costs for heat stroke average $ 1,417 per incident, and some overheated pets end up with vet bills topping $ 4,330.

Learning to reduce the chances of a hyperthermic event can keep your pet and your family budget focused on fun. With an eye on prevention, Petplan offers the following tips to help Fluffy and Fido stay healthy in the heat:


In the hot seat: Never leave a pet unattended in a vehicle, even on days that don’t seem too hot to you. A 2005 Stanford University Medical Center study showed the temperature inside a vehicle, even with windows cracked, rose an average of 40 degrees in an hour, most of that within the first 30 minutes.

Hydration nation: Always have fresh water available for your pets during hot days, whether youre indoors or outside. If youre embarking on outdoor activities with your pet, remember to bring extra water and a container for him to drink from.

When the temp soars, head indoors: Avoid exercising or playing with pets outdoors during peak times of day. Plan any outdoor activities either early (before 11 am) or late (after 6 pm) to keep everyone cool and comfortable.

For more information on protecting your pet from summer heat or to learn more about pet health insurance, visit http://www.GoPetplan.com.

ABOUT PETPLAN

Top-rated pet insurance provider, Petplan, is the only pet insurance company to have been included on Inc. Magazines list of 500 fastest-growing, privately held companies in America. Petplans fully customizable dog insurance and cat insurance policies provide coverage for all hereditary and congenital conditions for the life of the pet as standard, and meet the coverage requirements and budget for pets of all/any age. Petplan policies are underwritten by AGCS Marine Insurance Company, a member of the Allianz Group, rated A+ by A.M. Best (2010). For information, about Petplan pet insurance, visit http://www.GoPetplan.com, read the Petplan Pet Insurance Blog, or call 1-866-467-3875.







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Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 15, 2012

Pacific Alliance Advertising provides custom solutions using traditional and new media. The company is based out of Los Angeles but handles accounts in various regions across the country and places business on a local and national basis. The Partners have extensive experience in traditional media but have fully embraced new media from day one. As such, they hired some of the best website developers in the business. These experts have worked with many of the Fortune 500 Companies and specialize in driving traffic to websites and to mobile devices.

For many years, small business owners have worked hard to grow their business but in most cases their expertise is specific to their own business category whether it be restaurants, retail stores or the healthcare industry. The majority of them are very aware of the need to promote their business but oftentimes are overwhelmed with the number of choices that are out there. What makes it even more frustrating for them is to have to deal with the unending onslaught of vendors knocking on their door or calling them while theyre busy dealing with customers. The fact that most of these vendors have strong type A personalities and insist that what theyre selling is best doesnt make it any easier.

I find it to be very rewarding when I can eliminate the headaches of our clients by dealing directly with their vendors, analyzing their offerings and deciding which options will lead to the highest possible Return On Investment says Bill Dietz, Partner at Pacific Alliance Advertising. The best part is that our service is free to our clients because the media providers pay us for placing the business with them.

There is nothing better than to see a company grow their revenue and go from one location to thirty-eight locations, like one of our lending institution clients did added Jesse Navarro, also a Partner at Pacific Alliance Advertising. When you handle an account over the years you become like family with your clients and really take their success seriously. Weve found that its critical to fully understand the goals and objectives of our clients and ensure that we provide customized campaigns and added value to help ensure their success.

Bill added We recently met with a healthcare service provider that was really taken advantage of by one of the television vendors. After reviewing their schedule we were able to save them 26% by switching them to a different provider that had a stronger presence within their trading radius and applying our negotiated rates. In addition we increased the frequency of their campaign by more than 114%, along with their reach. This was a real eye opener for the client and provided him with the peace of mind that he needed so that he could concentrate on what he does best manage his core business.

Running an efficient and consistent campaign is only part of the equation. Its equally important to ensure that the creative is compelling and has a strong call to action. To see examples of effective creative, Search Pacific Alliance Advertising on YouTube or go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9-sBX8bbSo

Managing Partners:

Bill Dietz has extensive experience in Media Buying and has worked at major agencies in New York and Los Angeles as a Buying Supervisor. He was also a Sales Manager for various Broadcast and Cable Television Organizations, including Tribune, Time Warner, Comcast, AT&T and MediaOne. In addition, he ran the Los Angeles Office for National Cable Communications, a company that sells advertising on Cable Systems and Cable Interconnects in over 200 markets across the country. He has also trained Managers and AEs on how to build more effective Television Campaigns.

Jesse Navarro also has extensive media experience. He started his career as an Account Executive for The Yellow Pages. He then worked as a Senior Account Executive for Comcast and MediaOne and a Sales Manager for Charter Communications and Time Warner. In addition, he was the Media Director at Greenstripe Media which handled many high profile accounts including Fletcher Jones Motor Cars.

Business owners interested in learning more about Pacific Alliance Advertisings services can visit http://www.paa12.com They can also contact Bill Dietz at 310 936 5758 or via email at bill(at)paa12(dot)com







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LONDON (Reuters) – Human Genome Sciences Inc said on Thursday its long-time partner GlaxoSmithKline Plc had made an unsolicited proposal to buy it for $ 13.00 per share in cash, a move underscoring the rapid pace of deal-making in pharmaceuticals.

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Fargo, ND (PRWEB) April 13, 2012

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Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) March 30, 2012

Vendormate, Inc. will reprise its popular webinar 5 Steps to Successful Credentialing on April 3 at 3:00 p.m. EDT for healthcare vendors. The webinar addresses the top vendor credentialing concern of healthcare vendors: ensuring that their company representatives can get in the hospital to see their customers.

Forty five U.S healthcare vendors, representing various size companies, participated in the first webinar on March 22. The program targets administrators who manage the credentialing programs for their company representatives.

Participants polled during the March webinar stated their greatest concern about a lack of proper credentialing is that my reps will not get in the hospital to see customers. They also expressed concern about reps signing documents that violate company policy and the need to have more information about hospital requirements.

The webinar provides best practices to address these concerns by streamlining vendor credentialing into a standardized corporate function. Tips on managing the credentialing process so that it can be monitored and measured are provided.

While vendor and rep credentialing in healthcare is now common, best practices are still evolving. Vendors are constantly being challenged to strengthen their credentialing programs, said Bill Hayes, president and COO of Vendormate. Our goal at Vendormate is to provide resources, like these webinars, to vendors and hospitals to help them stay abreast of industry standards and best practices to enhance their current credentialing programs.

Vendormate currently works with some 1,400 hospitals across the United States and provides credentialing services for 50,000 vendor companies with more than 200,000 individual representatives on behalf of those hospitals.

For more information visit, http://www.vendormate.com/vendorservices.

About Vendormate:

Vendormate bridges healthcare providers and suppliers to ensure both sides know more about who they are doing business with today and who they should do business with tomorrow. Vendormate leverages its extensive vendor credentialing network to deliver software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications that give buyers and seller increased transparency and information control as a foundation for collaborative and strategic relationships.





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