News bites: Premiums’ inexorable increase

U.S. workers health insurance premiums rose 63 percent from 2003 to 2010, reports Bloomberg.

The results come from a Commonwealth Fund study that also found that average family premiums rose 50 percent and are on track to balloon to nearly $24,000 by 2020, reports Kaiser Health News.

The Commonwealth Fund also provides an interactive state-by-state map of employer premiums.

A new analysis of federal cardiovascular data revealed shortcomings in childrens diet, exercise and cholesterol levels, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Hospital outpatient department visits attended only by physician assistants or advance-practice nurses increased 50 percent between 2000–2001 and 2008–2009, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.