Benefit from Integrated Health Care and Accountable Care Organization models

Barbara Weltman, attorney and author of The Complete Idiotís Guide to Starting a Home-Based Business on September 24, 2014 at 10:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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Employers want affordable health coverage for their employees without sacrificing the delivery of health services. One option to consider is the integrated health care model in which the health plan, the hospital and the doctors work together in a coordinated way to benefit patients. 

The term “integrated health care” has been used to describe a variety of situations: the combination of traditional and alternative medicine, the provision of sick care and wellness under one umbrella, the treatment of physical and behavioral problems at the same time, etc. In this article, we discuss the four important benefits of the integrated health care model and the emerging Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model.

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Join Us at ACCESS L.A. City Hall on Sept. 30

Gary Toebben on September 23, 2014 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Elected officials and their staff at City Hall often turn to our policy team on the City Council floor and say, “Why don’t you fill the room with your people like labor does?” We respond with the truth, which is that unlike labor, our members don’t get paid to take a day off to show up in Council chambers. Our members need to run their businesses, service their customers and create jobs.

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FIX LAX Coalition Pays Off

Gary Toebben on September 16, 2014 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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For many years, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce has been at the forefront of a coalition of business, labor, airlines, passengers and civic stakeholders who have been pressing for the modernization of LAX. A groundbreaking at Terminal 1 today represented the success of that effort.

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The Health Care System Today: What You Donít See Can Cost You

L.A. Area Chamber on September 10, 2014 at 12:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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One of the largest—and most controllable—contributors to rising health care costs in the United States today is overutilization, or overuse, of the health care system. Yet cost is not the only consequence of overutilization—also at stake is health, quality of life, and in some cases, life itself. In fact, the United States spends a significant amount more per person on health care than any other country in the world, and yet U.S. health outcomes are equal to or worse than those in other countries.

Understanding the key drivers behind overutilization is an important step for you as both a business owner and a health care consumer. By understanding the drivers, you can help identify the highest quality and most fairly priced care for you and your employees.

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CEQA Being Used To Thwart 250 Jobs for Los Angeles County

Gary Toebben on September 9, 2014 at 10:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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I am often asked by the media what elected officials can do to be more business-friendly and create new jobs. I tell them about California business regulations and taxes that do not exist in other states. I also talk about streamlined processes and tax credits that do exist in other states.

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Labor Day 2014: Let's Talk Jobs

Gary Toebben on September 2, 2014 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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With the steady news coverage about Mayor Garcetti’s minimum wage proposal for the City of Los Angeles, two important stories stood in the shadows. The first is that the California economy is improving; and the second is that there are still thousands of unemployed Californians, especially in L.A. County. 

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Charity Care in L.A.ís Diverse Communities

L.A. Area Chamber on August 27, 2014 at 12:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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Charity Care in L.A.’s Diverse Communities

Despite the Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandate, there are certain groups of people that will not be able to obtain health insurance and who will (in essence) “fall through the cracks.” This population is composed primarily of those exempt from the individual mandate because insurance options are not affordable, those who opt out of the individual mandate and face resulting penalties and undocumented immigrants and legal residents of less than five years. According to a 2010 report by the Center for Health Care Strategies, the estimated 20 million individuals who are not able to take advantage of ACA will have to depend, to one degree or another, on charity care programs.

 

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There They Go Again

Gary Toebben on August 26, 2014 at 10:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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I wish I could say I was surprised. I wish I could say that this is a new frustration. In reality it is just the same old song we keep hearing from public employee unions. More than a year ago, Gov. Jerry Brown and the legislature showed leadership by making some moderate changes to the State’s pension systems.

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On the Goal Line

Gary Toebben on August 19, 2014 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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As we enter the start of football season, I always look forward to watching a team march down the field with pinpoint passes and well executed running plays to score the winning touchdown with seconds left on the clock. This scenario acts as an effective metaphor for AB 1839 – The Film and Television Tax Credit program which will grow middle class jobs in California. 

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Taking Advantage of the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit

L.A. Area Chamber on August 13, 2014 at 12:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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Since 2010, the government has offered a tax break for certain small businesses that offer qualifying employer-sponsored health plans to assist employers with premium costs and contributions. The health reform law, known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) does not require small businesses to provide health insurance coverage for employees.  However, for those small businesses that have chosen to provide, or are already looking into providing, coverage to employees through Covered California’s Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) in 2014, the tax credit can help ease the overall costs. 

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