Editorial Results (free)
1. US Economic Growth in Q4 Revised Down to 2.2 Percent
- Monday, March 02, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy slowed more sharply in the final three months of the year than initial estimates, reflecting weaker business stockpiling and a bigger trade deficit.
The Commerce Department said Friday that the economy as measured by the gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of 2.2 percent in the October-December quarter, weaker than the 2.6 percent first estimated last month. It marked a major slowdown from the third quarter, which had been the strongest growth in 11 years.
2. Applications for US Jobless Aid Rise to 313,000
- Friday, February 27, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – More Americans sought unemployment aid last week, though the number of applications was still consistent with steady hiring.
The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications rose 31,000 to a seasonally adjusted 313,000, the most in six weeks. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, increased 11,500 to 294,500.
3. Wal-Mart Raises Could Help Lift Pay in Lower-Wage Industries
- Monday, February 23, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – The modest raises that Wal-Mart has said it will give its lowest-paid workers provide a glimmer of hope for lower-wage workers in other companies and industries.
Other retailers and some fast food restaurants may now feel compelled to follow suit to retain their workers and attract others to fill openings, economists said.
4. Help Wanted: US Job Openings at 14-Year High
- Wednesday, January 14, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – The rapid hiring that made 2014 a stellar year for job gains is showing no sign of slowing down.
U.S. employers advertised the most job openings in nearly 14 years in November, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That suggests businesses are determined to keep adding staff because they are confident strong economic growth will create more demand for their goods and services.
5. County Charts Quieter Course On Insurance
- Wednesday, October 22, 2014
With less than two weeks to the open enrollment period for county employees, Shelby County Commissioners take a look at changes to county employee health care benefits Wednesday, Oct. 22, in committee sessions.
6. Health Insurers: Payment Rates Above 80 Percent
- Thursday, May 08, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Top health insurance companies told members of Congress Wednesday that more than 80 percent of people who've signed up under the president's new health care law have gone on to pay their premiums – a necessary step for the enrollment figures touted by the Obama administration to hold up.
7. Some Find Health Insurers Have No Record of Them
- Friday, January 10, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Record-keeping snags could complicate the start of insurance coverage this month as people begin using policies they purchased under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.
8. Overhaul Website Problems May Trigger Price Hikes
- Friday, December 20, 2013
Problems with the government's main health care overhaul website carry a bigger risk than frequent crashes: Higher prices could follow for many Americans if technical troubles scare off young people.
9. TN eShare Direct Project Passes Milestone
- Friday, November 15, 2013
A growing number of local physicians are adopting Direct technology for the secure transferal of electronic medical records, and many more are expected to hop the wave in the next few months. Just in the first half of this month, the number of early adopters of the Direct system has surged from less than 1,000 to more than 1,400 in Tennessee.
10. Open Enrollment Approaching for Insurance Exchange
- Saturday, September 14, 2013
With open enrollment for purchasing health insurance from the federally run Tennessee health insurance exchange set to begin on Oct. 1, local health care organizations are preparing with operational changes and plans for educating patients.
11. Community Health Alliance Hires Crowley as Vice President
- Saturday, August 10, 2013
John Crowley has been hired as vice president of strategic initiatives for Community Health Alliance, Tennessee’s health insurance cooperative.
12. Daniels Takes on New Role at Greater Memphis Chamber
- Wednesday, July 10, 2013
The Greater Memphis Chamber has promoted Amy Daniels to the newly created position of senior vice president, membership and communications. Daniels, who has worked at the chamber for 17 years, will now oversee the membership department while continuing in her prior role, leading the communications and programming department.
13. Insurers Warn of Overhaul-Induced Sticker Shock
- Thursday, March 14, 2013
Some Americans could see their insurance bills double next year as the health care overhaul law expands coverage to millions of people.
The nation's big health insurers say they expect premiums – or the cost for insurance coverage – to rise from 20 to 100 percent for millions of people due to changes that will occur when key provisions of the Affordable Care Act roll out in January 2014.
14. Obama Pressing Business and Labor on Fiscal Cliff
- Thursday, November 15, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – In a challenge to Republicans, President Barack Obama urged Congress on Wednesday to extend expiring tax cuts immediately for all but the highest income earners as a way to eliminate half of the so-called fiscal cliff that threatens to send the economy back into recession.
15. Report: Health Care Improving in Tennessee
- Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Health care is showing improvement in Tennessee thanks to some of the strongest health care plans in the South and an increased focus on patient-centered medical practices, according to the annual State of Health Care Quality report released Tuesday, Oct. 30, from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).
16. Saint Francis Hospital Receives Quality Designations
- Thursday, July 19, 2012
Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis has been designated a UnitedHealth Premium site for cardiac care, cardiac surgery, heart rhythm disorders, surgical spine and total joint replacement.
Hospitals must meet or exceed United Healthcare’s rigorous quality criteria, including program structure, patient care processes and clinical outcomes.
17. Memphis Biz Group on Health Recognizes Hospitals
- Thursday, April 26, 2012
Memphis Business Group on Health (MBGH) celebrated area hospitals at a luncheon held on the campus of Rhodes College on Tuesday, April 24, where nearly 100 member organizations and other health care professionals were in attendance.
18. Insurers Speed Health Care Overhaul Preparations
- Monday, March 26, 2012
The nation's big insurers are spending millions to carry out President Barack Obama's health care overhaul even though there's a chance the wide-reaching law won't survive Supreme Court scrutiny.
It's not that health insurers want to bet big that the court will uphold the Affordable Care Act. It's that they can't afford not to. It will take at least several months and lots of resources for insurers to prepare to implement key elements of the law, which includes a controversial requirement that most Americans have health insurance by 2014.
19. CVS Caremark Q4 Profit Rises, 2012 Outlook Climbs
- Thursday, February 09, 2012
Drugstore chain Walgreen's loss of a big client is turning into rival CVS Caremark's gain so far this year.
A contract squabble between Walgreen Co. and pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts Inc. has driven more customers to CVS pharmacies, prompting that company to raise its 2012 earnings forecast by 3 cents per share.
20. CVS Caremark Rises on 2012 Profit Forecast
- Wednesday, December 21, 2011
WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) – Shares of CVS Caremark Corp. rose Tuesday after the company said it expects that profit at its Caremark pharmacy benefits management business will grow in 2012, reversing two years of declines.
21. Dewald’s Insurance Brokerage Undergoes Industry Changes
- Friday, December 09, 2011
Jack Dewald went to work for his father in 1982 at Agency Services Inc., a full-service life and health brokerage agency his father started in 1962.
22. CVS Caremark Q3 Profit Rises 7 Percent
- Friday, November 04, 2011
WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) – CVS Caremark Corp.'s third-quarter earnings climbed 7 percent, as a long-term contract and acquisition boosted the pharmacy network claims it processed.
23. Unusual Coalition Boosts Health Overhaul
- Thursday, September 15, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – Betting that President Barack Obama's health care overhaul withstands lawsuits and a Republican repeal drive, an unusual alliance of industry, health care and consumer groups Wednesday launched a campaign to lay the groundwork for signing up uninsured Americans.
24. CVS Caremark Q2 Profit Slips 1 Percent
- Friday, August 05, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – CVS Caremark said Thursday its profit slipped 1 percent in the second quarter as its pharmacy benefits management business weathered lower prices on contract renewals.
The Woonsocket, R.I., company said Caremark faced lower prices related to contract renewals. The most significant of those was its retail pharmacy contract with the Federal Employee Health Benefit Program, which the company renewed in the third quarter of 2010. While those renewals cut into its profit, total revenue for CVS Caremark rose 10.9 percent to $14.57 billion as the company began a new 12-year contract with Aetna Inc. and acquired Universal American Corp.'s Medicare Part D business.
25. Health Insurers Adjust to Once-Scary Reform Rule
- Wednesday, February 09, 2011
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – A new health care overhaul mandate that once stirred fear among insurers is proving to be challenging – but not too challenging – as it makes its debut in 2011.
26. Health Insurers Help GOP After Dalliance With Dems
- Monday, October 25, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) — Health insurers flirted with Democrats, supported them with money and got what they wanted: a federal mandate that most Americans carry health care coverage. Now they're backing Republicans, hoping a GOP Congress will mean friendlier regulations.
27. Aetna Gives $101K to Tenn. Health Care Providers
- Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Aetna and the Aetna Foundation awarded $101,000 in community grants and sponsorships in Tennessee in 2009 with a particular focus on disease prevention, obesity and health screening.
The four Tennessee grant recipients were Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Vanderbilt University and the Nashville affiliate of the American Heart Association.
28. Surgical Weight Loss Center Receives Aetna Designation
- Monday, June 14, 2010
The Saint Francis Center for Surgical Weight Loss has received a designation as an Aetna Institute of Quality.
29. Premiums Jump 14 Percent on Medicare Private Plans
- Monday, February 22, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) - Millions of seniors who signed up for popular private health plans through Medicare are facing sharp premium increases this year – another sign that spiraling costs are a problem even for those with solid insurance.
30. Earnings Reports to Give Picture of Job Market
- Tuesday, October 27, 2009
NEW YORK (AP) - Wall Street may be roaring again and manufacturers see a bright future selling their wares in Asia. But for many Americans, it's still a downturn until the jobs come back.
This week, earnings from several companies with deep ties to corporate payrolls, consumer demand and the labor market will show whether employers are hiring, firing or holding off on filling vacancies.
31. Obama Speech Leaves Health Care Industry Uncertain
- Friday, September 11, 2009
NEW YORK (AP) - Shares of health insurers wavered in premarket activity Thursday after President Barack Obama made clear he is sticking to his goal of health care reform in a televised speech to a joint session of Congress Wednesday night.
32. Report Concludes Uninsured Are Costly For All
- Friday, May 29, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - Health insurance premiums for an average family are $1,000 a year higher because of costs of health care for the uninsured, a new report finds.
And private coverage for the average individual costs an extra $370 a year because of the cost-shifting, which happens when someone without medical insurance gets care at an emergency room or elsewhere and then doesn't pay.
33. Tenet Says Aetna Will Use 400 Doctors in Networks
- Friday, March 20, 2009
DALLAS (AP) - Hospital operator Tenet Healthcare Corp. said Thursday it agreed to a contract with health insurer Aetna Inc. under which Aetna will use 400 doctors who work for Tenet in its health plan networks.
34. Porter-Leath to Use Grant For Health Awareness
- Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Porter-Leath Children’s Center has received a $25,000 grant from Aetna and the Aetna Foundation.
The grant will help fund a nine-month pilot program that delivers wellness information to Memphis-area families through home visits. Through existing relationships with more than 1,000 disadvantaged families, Porter-Leath will raise awareness about the need for healthier lifestyles.
35. Jobless Claims Drop More Than Expected
- Friday, December 19, 2008
WASHINGTON (AP) – Initial claims for unemployment benefits dropped more than expected last week, but little relief for workers is in sight as companies continue to cut jobs.
The U.S. Department of Labor reported Thursday that new applications for jobless benefits fell to a seasonally adjusted 554,000 for the week ending Dec. 13, from an
36. Mortgage Rates Fall; Unemployment Data Still Weak
- Friday, December 19, 2008
WASHINGTON (AP) - Mortgage rates are falling as this week's dramatic action by the Federal Reserve provides a boost to the dismal housing market, but the nation's unemployment rolls are stuck at historically high levels amid a deepening recession.
37. Higher-Deductible Health Plans Cut Costs
- Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Self-insuring for health care may sound like a scary concept, but it can save money for small businesses as well as individuals.
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Aetna and UnitedHealthcare are some of the companies that offer high-deductible plans for policyholders who agree to self-insure through health savings accounts or through Section 105 health reimbursement arrangements.
38. Health Care Costs Could Rise 10 Percent
- Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Health care costs are expected to rise more than 10 percent into next year, according to a survey of insurers by Aon Consulting Worldwide.
But that increase is the smallest Aon has seen in six years. Experts say it shows that efforts to tame costs, such as employee wellness or disease management programs, may be paying off.
39. Insurers Begin Marketing Medicare Drug Plans
- Monday, October 10, 2005
For private companies across Tennessee - including HealthSpring, a Nashville-based health maintenance organization, or HMO - the tough sell has begun.
On Jan. 1, Medicare will begin making prescription drug coverage available to some 42 million recipients for the first time since the program was created in 1965. The new Medicare Part D drug benefit, part of the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act, will be offered through plans administered by private companies that contract with the federal government.
40. Archived Article: Tech Briefs
- Wednesday, June 12, 2002
Verizon Wireless marked its first anniversary of its Southaven retail store at 1055 Goodman Road, Suite I, with a $500 donatio The Department of Economic and Community Development announced the release of a new CD-ROM, a comprehensive resource guide...
41. Archived Article: Familymeds P.2
- Monday, December 11, 2000
Familymeds buys 38 clinic pharmacies, Familymeds buys 38 clinic pharmacies, expands presence into six new markets Familymeds Group Inc. has purchased 38 clinic pharmacies from Integrated Pharmacy Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of Aetna U.S. He...
42. Archived Article: Aetna P.2
- Thursday, April 13, 2000
Aetna settles 'landmark' Aetna settles 'landmark' case In a settlement with the state of Texas, health insurance giant Aetna Inc. agreed Tuesday to stop offering financial bonuses to doctors who limit health care, a practice criticized because patie...
43. Archived Article: Southeastern (lead)
- Friday, March 10, 2000
Memphis investment adviser Memphis investment adviser acquires stake in Aetna Southeastern Asset Management Inc., a Memphis-based investment adviser, has acquired a 6 percent stake in Aetna Inc., a top U.S. health insurer. Southeastern has invested ...
44. Archived Article: Benchmark
- Thursday, February 17, 2000
UnitedHealth Group Corp Giving doctors final say not so, racketeering suit alleges UnitedHealth Group Corp. has been named in a racketeering suit alleging its recently announced policy of allowing doctors to make the final decision in patient care i...
45. Archived Article: Benchmark
- Thursday, December 23, 1999
Nordstrom Gets OK To Open Thrift Nordstrom Inc. joins fray of companies opening thrifts Retailer Nordstrom Inc. has received government permission to open a federally chartered thrift, a request that competitors Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Dillard's In...
46. Archived Article: Memos
- Wednesday, August 13, 1997
Methodist Alliance Health Services has announced several new employees: Methodist Alliance Health Services has announced several new employees: Sandy Campany has been named customer development coordinator. She previously was clinical coordinator fo...
47. Archived Article: Real Review Lj
- Tuesday, September 10, 1996
lj 10/5 cates Market commentary. Last week, interest rates on 30-year, fixed-rate conventional and government loans remained unchanged even though the unemployment rate stood at 5.1 percent in August the lowest level in more than seven years. This w...
48. Archived Article: Benchmark
- Thursday, January 18, 1996
01/18 Benchmark Horace Ricky Umphries and Julia Ann Umphries vs. Norfolk Southern Railway. The parents of a teenager who was killed when his car was struck by a train in Collierville have filed a $50 million negligence lawsuit against the railroad c...