For More Quality Time With Patients, Some Physicians Fire Insurance Companies

December 31, 2008

A type of old-fashioned medical practice is making a comeback in some corners: While most physicians contract with one or more insurance companies, some are no longer accepting health insurance at all. They want to increase their quality time with each patient, reduce hassles, and return to their passion – healing people.

In medicine’s past, the physician – little black bag in hand – had more time with each patient to listen to his or her concerns and develop a treatment plan for care together. With no insurance copays or deductibles, the patient paid for his or her care, sometimes even in chickens or other livestock.
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Biotechnology Companies Are Leading The Way To Sustainable Biofuels, Clean Manufacturing

December 29, 2008

Biotech companies say advanced biofuels and cleantech manufacturing can offer consumers ‘green’ options and provide solutions to energy and environmental global challenges. California-based industrial biotechnology companies discussed the cutting-edge technology they are developing to improve manufacturing of chemicals and advanced biofuels from sustainable biomass feedstocks during the Leadership Summit on Biofuels and Cleantech, held today in conjunction with the BIO International Convention.
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Global Business Coalition To Award Nine Companies For Efforts To Fight HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria

December 27, 2008

The Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria on Monday will award nine companies for their efforts to fight the three diseases among employees, South Africa’s Business Day reports. The coalition is a group of 220 companies worldwide that aim to address HIV, TB and malaria in the workplace.

The South African company Xstrata Coal will receive an award for its work in developing a public-private partnership with the health and social services department in Mpumalanga, South Africa, to improve HIV services at clinics in communities where the company operates. The Standard Bank will be awarded for its HIV/AIDS program, which uses a storytelling technique to reduce HIV-associated stigma and to encourage employees to be tested for the virus. The company also provides HIV-positive employees with treatment and care. In addition, Telkom will be awarded for its efforts to promote HIV testing and counseling among employees and their families. Two-thirds of Telkom employees and their partners have been tested for HIV since the program was implemented, Business Day reports (Kahn, Business Day, 6/4).
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For More Quality Time With Patients, Some Physicians Fire Insurance Companies

August 29, 2008

A type of old-fashioned medical practice is making a comeback in some corners: While most physicians contract with one or more insurance companies, some are no longer accepting health insurance at all. They want to increase their quality time with each patient, reduce hassles, and return to their passion – healing people.

In medicine’s past, the physician – little black bag in hand – had more time with each patient to listen to his or her concerns and develop a treatment plan for care together. With no insurance copays or deductibles, the patient paid for his or her care, sometimes even in chickens or other livestock.
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Biotechnology Companies Are Leading The Way To Sustainable Biofuels, Clean Manufacturing

June 18, 2008

Biotech companies say advanced biofuels and cleantech manufacturing can offer consumers ‘green’ options and provide solutions to energy and environmental global challenges. California-based industrial biotechnology companies discussed the cutting-edge technology they are developing to improve manufacturing of chemicals and advanced biofuels from sustainable biomass feedstocks during the Leadership Summit on Biofuels and Cleantech, held today in conjunction with the BIO International Convention.
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Global Business Coalition To Award Nine Companies For Efforts To Fight HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria

June 9, 2008

The Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria on Monday will award nine companies for their efforts to fight the three diseases among employees, South Africa’s Business Day reports. The coalition is a group of 220 companies worldwide that aim to address HIV, TB and malaria in the workplace.

The South African company Xstrata Coal will receive an award for its work in developing a public-private partnership with the health and social services department in Mpumalanga, South Africa, to improve HIV services at clinics in communities where the company operates. The Standard Bank will be awarded for its HIV/AIDS program, which uses a storytelling technique to reduce HIV-associated stigma and to encourage employees to be tested for the virus. The company also provides HIV-positive employees with treatment and care. In addition, Telkom will be awarded for its efforts to promote HIV testing and counseling among employees and their families. Two-thirds of Telkom employees and their partners have been tested for HIV since the program was implemented, Business Day reports (Kahn, Business Day, 6/4).
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