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5 Healthcare Certainties in an Uncertain Environment

Posted 4:00 AM by
The state of the healthcare industry, as it stands, could most easily be summarized in one word: uncertainty.
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New Reporting Requirements for Employers Under the PPACA

Posted 12:00 PM by
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) imposes new reporting requirements on those that provide – and those that are required to provide – minimum essential coverage for the upcoming filing season. Minimum essential coverage is the type of health insurance that individuals are required to have in order to avoid paying a tax penalty.
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Continued Growth and Popularity of Accountable Care Organizations

Posted 4:00 AM by
Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) began formation in 2012 as part of the Affordable Care Act. An analysis conducted in May of 2014 reports that more than 600 ACOs now exist in the United States today. Even with their growing popularity, many providers are remaining cautious due to the significant investments that need to be made to develop the structure required for an ACO.
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Time Is Running Out: Open Enrollment Ends on March 31, 2014

Posted 7:58 PM by
Time is running out to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Simply put, if individuals do not sign up for a health insurance plan by Monday, March 31 2014, they might have to wait nine (9) months for coverage. The next Open Enrollment is Nov. 15, 2014 through Jan. 15, 2015. If an individual waits until November to sign up, the earliest they could get coverage would be Jan. 1, 2015.
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Consumers in Control and Why Hospitals Need to Pay Attention

Posted 9:27 PM by
As of March 13, 2014, and just a few weeks left until the end of open enrollment, more than 4.2 million Americans have enrolled in private health insurance in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Healthcare consumers are in the driver’s seat in today’s healthcare marketplace.
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ACA Update: Employer Mandate Delayed and/or Modified by Final Regulations

Posted 8:42 PM by
In July 2013, the government announced that the employer mandate portion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) would be delayed until Jan. 1, 2015. On Feb. 10 of this year, the IRS issued final regulations regarding the employer shared responsibility penalty. While the full effect of these regulations has not yet been determined, there are some important pieces to highlight.
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Unknown Variables in the Affordable Care Act Sends Fear Skyrocketing Nationwide

Posted 12:00 PM by
And the list grows. In addition to concerns relating to revenue growth, attracting/retaining skilled workers, and rising material/energy costs, manufacturers nationwide are facing catastrophic levels of uncertainty regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA). According to the latest National Association of Manufacturing (NAM) IndustryWeek Survey, more than 77% of manufacturers identified rising health care and insurance costs as their most important challenge.
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Three Key Things to Know About the Health Insurance Exchange

Posted 10:45 AM by
The Health Insurance Marketplace is going live today, October 1, 2013. The exchange is designed to be a single, transparent location for individuals and families that do not currently have health insurance, to review and compare insurance plans provided by commercial health insurers. Indiana has opted to partner with the federal government to administer and operate the state insurance exchange.
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Are Employers Liable for Failing to Provide Marketplace Notice?

Posted 7:55 PM by
As of Sept. 16, 2013, the Department of Labor (DOL) posted a new FAQ clarifying that no fine or penalty will apply to an employer who fails to provide its employees with the notice about the health insurance marketplaces.
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Health Insurance Marketplace Premiums for 2014

Posted 2:57 PM by
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released “Health Insurance Marketplace Premiums for 2014.” Indiana plans are expected to cost from just under $100 per month for a single adult (catastrophic plan) to almost $1,000 for a family of four. It is estimated that on average, Americans will pay $328 monthly for a mid-tier health insurance plan (without subsidies which might apply).
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