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New Bill Introduced to Limit Stark Law’s In-office Ancillary Services Exception

Posted 5:05 PM by
A massive increase in referring physicians’ offerings of ancillary services in recent years has prompted some lawmakers to take action. On Aug. 1, 2013, H.R 2914 was introduced by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) stating that “specified non-ancillary services” are not available for the exception, which include advanced diagnostic imaging services, anatomic pathology services, radiation therapy services and supplies, and physical therapy services.
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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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Healthcare Reform Update: Employer Mandate, Consumer Assistance and Premium Assistance Credit

Posted 6:15 PM by
The Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2013-45 formalizing the one-year delay of the mandate that applicable large employers must offer adequate health coverage to their full-time employees and the information reporting required under IRC Sec. 6055 and 6056.
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Should Your Practice Be Utilizing Social Media?

Posted 9:36 PM by
Five years ago, Twitter was only a sparingly used word. Now it has become one of the largest players in a phenomenon known as social media. With millions of users, platforms like Twitter and Facebook are becoming the best way to communicate with a mass audience. 
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Medical Equipment and Supplies Exempt from Indiana Sales Tax

Posted 3:08 PM by
The Indiana Department of Revenue’s information bulletin #48, effective July 1, 2013, has been changed to include an exemption from sales and use tax for blood glucose monitoring supplies. The bulletin specifies that blood glucose monitoring supplies are exempt from sales and use tax, whether they are sold pursuant to a prescription or are sold by a licensed practitioner to a patient.
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Update on the Status of Indiana Exchange

Posted 4:03 PM by
Community rating and federal operation of the Indiana exchanges will likely effectuate the most change in the price Hoosiers pay in health insurance premiums. A community rating, in its simplest form, is a means to price insurance-based risk relative to a given geographic area rather than a group of employees.
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New PCORI Fee to be Imposed on Sponsors of Health Plans

Posted 9:34 PM by
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) created a new fee called the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee. This fee is to be used to fund research on medical treatment effectiveness and is to be paid by both fully insured and self-funded group health plans.
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Who is Taking the Trash Out?

Posted 2:56 AM by
Does your organization have a centralized resource responsible for purchased services? Surveys and studies have been conducted that suggest many hospitals and health systems do not have a team or department that can accurately identify the total purchased services spending amounts within their system.
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