Nutrition Business Journal Names Award Winners; $2 Trillion Savings in U.S. Healthcare Possible, says Commonwealth Fund; AT&T Launches Accessibility Dept for Customers with Disabilities - Health Minute for January 18, 2013

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Nutrition Business Journal Names Award Winners; $2 Trillion Savings in U.S. Healthcare Possible, says Commonwealth Fund; AT&T Launches Accessibility Dept for Customers with Disabilities - Health Minute for January 18, 2013

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Friday, January 18, 2013 - 4:00pm

The Nutrition Business Journal has named the nutrition industry’s most notable business leaders of 2012. Winners of the NBJ Business Achievement Awards include Doctor Bonner’s for Organic Excellence, Nature’s Path for Philanthropy, Traditional Medicinals for Sustainability, and Wellness FX for Innovation. NBJ represents the nutrition, natural, organic, dietary supplement, and integrative medicine industries. The Business Achievement Awards recognize the industry’s leaders in making significant advancements in health, wellness, and nutrition.

$2 trillion in healthcare spending over the next decade could be saved if the U.S. government brought rising costs in line with economic growth, according to a new study by the Commonwealth Fund. The study recommends holding the $2.8 trillion U.S. healthcare system to an annual spending target by having Medicare, Medicaid, other government programs, and private insurers encourage providers to accelerate adoption of more cost-effective care. The United States has the world's most expensive healthcare system, which forecasters say will cost more than $9,200 this year for every man, woman, and child. Costs, while slowing over the last year, continue to outpace inflation and restrain overall economic growth. The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation dedicated to improving the U.S. healthcare system by developing policy proposals as the country prepares for millions of uninsured Americans to enter the healthcare system under the Affordable Health Care Act.

AT&T is launching a new Corporate Accessibility Technology Office to promote access to its products and services for customers with disabilities. The new corporate structure builds on AT&T’s current offerings such as U-verse Easy Remote and Mobile Accessibility Lite that support people with disabilities. AT&T’s first Chief Accessibility Officer will lead the new office to maintain accessibility as a top priority by adding defined accountability into the company’s governance.

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