Hits & Misses #2 – 2009/2/17

 Love explained.

The hot spot is the teardrop-shaped VTA. When people newly in love were put in a functional magnetic resonance imaging machine and shown pictures of their beloved, the VTA lit up.

Bionic arm.

Amanda Kitts has an artificial arm that she can control by using only her thoughts…. "I'm able to move my hand, wrist and elbow all at the same time," she said. "You think and then your muscles move."

Some smokers quit if paid; but are they paid enough?

At the time of their last interview for the 18-month study, 9.4% of the paid group was still abstaining compared with 3.6% of those who got no money… The paid group got as much as $750 in cash. [However], according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which helped fund the study, smoking costs companies about $3,400 per smoking employee annually in health-care bills, reduced productivity and absenteeism.

Transparency solved.

The CIGNA Estimator informs the covered individual and health care professional of the cost of services and how much will be owed prior to services being delivered. This facilitates an up-front financial discussion that allows for payment arrangements, anticipating account contributions to pay for services in the future, and discussions around treatment options. The Estimator is designed to be available for all medical services, including high-cost procedures.

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  1. Joe S. says:

    Glad to have love explained. It’s been sort of a mystery up untill now.

  2. Larry C. says:

    If you believe the CDC, the employers are really being short sighted in not paying smokers more to quit smoking.

  3. Bret says:

    Interesting post on Cigna. This sounds similar to what Health Markets was doing (and may still be doing), which you also reported on at this site.

  4. Tom H. says:

    On the bionic arm, the real question is: Is it better than a biological arm. If it is, demand for such limbs will soar.