Healthcare News January 6, 2012

  • DCCC hits Republicans for healthcare focus

    House Democrats said Thursday that the Republican majority spent too much time last year on healthcare — roughly the same attack the GOP made against President Obama in 2010.

    The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee hit healthcare harder than any other issue in a statement criticizing the first year of the Republican majority. Arguing that Republicans aren’t focused on jobs, the DCCC cited 21 floor votes on healthcare measures, including proposals to privatize Medicare and repeal all or part of Obama’s healthcare law.

    The DCCC statement faulted Republicans for “nearly shutting down the government so they could defund Planned Parenthood [and] ending Medicare so they could protect tax breaks for Big Oil.”

    During the 2010 campaigns, Republicans — as well as some Democrats — said Obama should have focused his first year in office on the economy and unemployment, rather than waging a yearlong fight over healthcare.

    Although the healthcare law hasn’t gotten much more popular since it passed, it’s a fixture of Democrats’ appeal to their base. And Republicans’ proposal to privatize Medicare allowed Democrats to play offense on healthcare.

  • Lawyers, courts see weaknesses in defense of Obama’s healthcare law

    The Justice Department will file its first brief on the merits of the healthcare law on Friday.

  • Santorum: Obama’s healthcare law a scheme to get Democrats reelected

    He said Democrats want to use the healthcare law to get voters “hooked” on government.

  • Consult A Doctor Expands Telemedicine Market Share in Travel Industry

    Consult A Doctor, the leading innovator of cloud-based telemedicine services and technology solutions for health plans, providers, groups and patients, announced its expansion into the travel industry following Marriott Rewards® announcement that its members can now use their Marriott Rewards points to obtain 24/7 access to Consult A Doctor’s telemedicine services through its CSA Travel Protection (CSA) offering.

    Here are some of the highlights of this announcement:

    – Consult A Doctor originally announced its partnership with CSA in January 2010, allowing CSA consumers to tap into its national physician network for non-emergent consultations.
    – Marriott Rewards only recently announced that its members can now use their Marriott Rewards points to obtain 24/7 access to Consult A Doctor’s telemedicine services through its CSA offering.
    – Consult A Doctor’s service is now part of the Protect Me Plan available only to Marriott Reward’s members.
    – Consult A Doctor’s service is also available to the general public at a low cost!

    Consumer-Directed Telemedicine Company and CSA Travel Protection Extend Telemedicine Access to New Customers, Including Marriott Rewards Members

    Miami, FL., January xx, 2012 — Access to quality healthcare is important for all consumers in the office or at home, but for those traveling or vacationing, it can provide an invaluable level of protection and peace of mind.  As the only telemedicine company to offer 24/7/365 access to board-certified physicians in all 50 states, Consult A Doctor has seen significant expansion of its telemedicine services in the travel industry.  The most recent example being the Marriott Rewards® announcement that its members can now use their Marriott Rewards points to obtain 24/7 access to Consult A Doctor’s telemedicine services through its CSA Travel Protection (CSA) offering.

    “Marriott Rewards shares our commitment to offering travelers the highest level of travel protection benefits available,” said Kathy Townend, CSA Product Manager. “With CSA’s Protect Me Plan, Marriott Rewards members can travel at ease as they enjoy 24/7 access to U.S. board-certified physicians no matter their destination — whether that be in the U.S. or abroad.  The Consult A Doctor telemedicine service represents a level of support, safety and convenience that you just cannot find anywhere else.”

    Consult A Doctor’s telemedicine services give consumers the freedom and flexibility to access a physician 24/7/365 and receive remote consultations via telephone, secure email, video and mobile applications. CSA offers the Consult A Doctor service with many of its other travel insurance packages. “As part of our dedication to providing affordable travel insurance services, Consult A Doctor was the obvious choice when selecting a healthcare coverage enhancement for our On Demand Medical Care program,” said Townend. “Consult A Doctor’s service has proven itself as a valuable market differentiator that has generated great interest from our consumers and prospects.  With round-the-clock access to Consult A Doctor’s national network of licensed physicians, consumers save both time and money and enjoy their travel with a sense of confidence and security.”

    Consult A Doctor originally announced its partnership with CSA in January 2010, allowing CSA consumers to tap into its national physician network for non-emergent consultations.  With Consult A Doctor’s service now part of the Protect Me Plan available only to Marriott Reward’s members, the company is expanding its market reach to the travel industry during a time of major growth.

    “We are excited with the recent momentum Consult A Doctor has experienced and are looking forward to the continued expansion of our telemedicine offerings to healthcare stakeholders in all markets,” said Wolf Shlagman, Founder and CEO of Consult A Doctor.  “In an age where technology empowers us to do almost anything at the click of a button – from changing a flight ticket to transferring funds – it only makes sense to be able to do the same with something as universally important as healthcare.  Now, through our telemedicine solutions and platforms, we can help improve the lives of millions by enabling fast, secure access to quality care while reducing the healthcare costs of every organization and individual across the globe.”

    About Consult A Doctor

    Established in 2007, Consult A Doctor is the leading innovator of cloud-based telemedicine services and technology solutions for health plans, providers, groups and patients. With years of direct-to-consumer telemedicine services, Consult A Doctor is transforming the economic equation of care with a PaaS (platform as a service) solution that grants patients unmatched access to quality care, offers a new revenue source for providers, and lowers costs for health plans, employers and groups. Consult A Doctor’s telemedicine service offers patient’s 24/7/365 access to the largest national network of board-certified providers, via phone, email or video. Done right, telemedicine means faster access, most appropriate level of care, more revenue for providers and lower costs for all.  For more information about Consult A Doctor, please visit: www.consultadoctor.com, or email us at telecare@consultadr.com.

    About CSA Travel Protection

    CSA Travel Protection, a Europ Assistance Group company, is dedicated to providing affordable travel insurance and emergency assistance services to protect travelers’ valuable investments and provide the peace of mind one deserves while traveling. Now celebrating its 20-year anniversary, CSA has developed a reputation for standing behind its customers and by offering products and services to meet their needs. Through superior customer service, extensive experience and industry-leading innovation, CSA is with its clients every step of the way, whenever and wherever they are needed.

    About Marriot Rewards

    Marriott Rewards is free to join. The program has no blackout dates and members can earn and redeem points at more than 3,500 Marriott® International hotels around the world. Members may also choose to earn airline miles or redeem points for miles with more than 30 airline mileage programs. In addition to hotels and frequent flyer miles, members can also redeem points for merchandise, cruises, car rentals and more. Marriott Rewards won the 2011 and 2010 Frequent Travel Award and 2009 Freddie Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program,” and has been named best hotel rewards program by the readers of Business Traveler, Global Traveler, Executive Travel and BusinessWeek magazines.

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    3. Telemedicine Emerges as Hot Topic at 2011 Health 2.0 Conference

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