1. Articles in category: Healthcare

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    1. ICD-10 Delay and Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate Fix

      ICD-10 Delay and Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate Fix

      On March 31, 2014, the Senate passed a bill that both delays a reduction in Medicare payments and delays the ICD-10 compliance date until October 1, 2015.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has stated on many occasions that there would be no delay in the October 2014 date, but Congress listened to many providers about the concerns and anticipated cash flow impacts.

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    2. Medtown Ventures scouts for lifesciences deals with $500M investor pool - Atlanta Business Chronicle

      Medtown Ventures scouts for lifesciences deals with $500M investor pool - Atlanta Business Chronicle

      Backed by investors with up to $500 million in capital, Atlanta-based Medtown Ventures LLC aims to grow the next generation of life sciences companies. Lifesciences is a strategic industry for Atlanta’s economic developers because it promises fast growing, well-paying knowledge economy jobs. It’s also an industry in which Atlanta has company creating infrastructure — research universities, hospitals and research centers like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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    3. Gov. Deal launches plan to help rural hospitals

      Gov. Deal launches plan to help rural hospitals

      Gov. Nathan Deal unveiled a plan Wednesday to help keep rural hospitals in Georgia open by scaling back their operations.

      The governor announced changes to state regulations governing hospital licensing that will let rural hospitals offer fewer services if they are in danger of closing.

      Four hospitals in rural Georgia have shut down during the last two years, including Lower Oconee Community Hospital in Wheeler County just last month.

      “When [rural hospitals] shut their doors, it’s not only…

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    4. Obamacare May Be Delayed, But The Excise Tax Isn't - How Much Can It Cost Businesses?

      Obamacare May Be Delayed, But The Excise Tax Isn't - How Much Can It Cost Businesses?

      The recent decision to postpone the employer mandate to provide affordable health care coverage to full-time employees under Obamacare (the “play or pay rules”) is welcome news to certain mid-sized companies. Now these firms are no longer at risk for penalties until 2016. But another potential tax already in effect – one that dwarfs the play or pay penalty -- remains on the books for employers of all shapes and sizes.

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    5. Healthcare Costs Top List of Small Business Concerns

      Healthcare Costs Top List of Small Business Concerns

      How concerned are small businesses about the costs of implementing the new health care insurance laws? A new survey shows it's their top worry. Results of the National Small Business Association's 2014 Small Business Health Care Survey showed that 91 percent of small businesses in the study reported increases in their health plan at their most recent health insurance renewal with one in four being hit with increases exceeding 20 percent.

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    6. IRS Proposes Fines For Non-Compliance With Health Insurance Mandate

      IRS Proposes Fines For Non-Compliance With Health Insurance Mandate

      [This is the second in a series of articles on new developments relating to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (aka “Obamacare”). See Part I. ] Most U.S. taxpayers must secure health insurance coverage this year whether they want to or not. But the IRS and Treasury Department have clarified several exceptions to the rules in new proposed regulations relating to the health insurance mandate for individuals.

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    7. The Strategy That Will Fix Health Care

      The Strategy That Will Fix Health Care

      In health care, the days of business as usual are over. Around the world, every health care system is struggling with rising costs and uneven quality, despite the hard work of well-intentioned, well-trained clinicians. Health care leaders and policy makers have tried countless incremental fixes—attacking fraud, reducing errors, enforcing practice guidelines, making patients better “consumers,” implementing electronic medical records—but none have had much impact.

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    8. BCBSGa, Emory Healthcare announce ACO agreement

      BCBSGa, Emory Healthcare announce ACO agreement

      Emory Healthcare Inc., Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia Inc. and Blue Cross Blue Shield Healthcare Plan of Georgia Inc. on Wednesday signed an Accountable Care Organization agreement.

      With this collaboration, the groups hope to improve quality of patient care and reduce medical cost by increasing efficiency, they said.

      “[This ACO agreement] includes providers that accept responsibility and accountability for quality and the cost of care we provide to their patient population,” said John…

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    9. Important Obamacare Deadlines for Businesses

      Important Obamacare Deadlines for Businesses

      It's not too late to start a company health plan for 2014--or too early to prepare for big changes coming in 2015. Here's what businesses need to know.

      With a new year comes--you guessed it--a new set of healthcare-related deadlines to keep track of. The good news: with extensions and exemptions, you may have more time than you realize to implement a plan and get a handle on new paperwork requirements. Here are some of the dates entrepreneurs should jot in their calendars.

      For small businesses:

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    10. We've Seen the Future of Translational Medicine and It's Disruptive

      We've Seen the Future of Translational Medicine and It's Disruptive

      A look at work that will get research out of the lab and to patients more cheaply and efficiently.

      A team of 110 researchers and clinicians, in therapeutics, diagnostics, devices, and digital health in 25 teams at UCSF, has just shown us the future of translational medicine. It’s lean, it’s fast, it works, and it’s unlike anything else ever done.

      It’s going to get research from the lab to the bedside cheaper and faster.

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    11. Jackson Healthcare buys Tyler & Co.

      Jackson Healthcare buys Tyler & Co.

      Jackson Healthcare bought executive recruitment firm Tyler & Co. for an undisclosed sum.

      Norcross, Ga.-based Jackson Healthcare is the nation’s third-largest healthcare staffing company.

      Atlanta-based Tyler & Co. recruits healthcare executives for organizations including hospitals, health systems, physician group practices and academic medical centers. It will remain an independently run firm, with J. Larry Tyler continuing as chairman and CEO. Dennis J. Kain will remain president.

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    12. Georgia’s medical device experts churning waters of discovery, challenges

      Georgia’s medical device experts churning waters of discovery, challenges

      It’s an amazing time to be in the medical device industry. The rate at which life-changing innovations are being created and commercialized is staggering.

      Despite a recent report in the Wall Street Journal, which points to a drought in funding for medical device companies, the fact still remains that demand for medical devices is on the rise. The baby boomer generation is here, and more are coming. That’s an undeniable base of medical device users that is growing. In fact, there’s an even…

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    13. Your Obamacare To Do List: Claim Your Tax Credit

      Your Obamacare To Do List: Claim Your Tax Credit

      Is your business eligible for a small business health-care tax credit? Read on and find out.

      This article is part of an eight-part series on how to cope with the implementation of Obamacare.

      If you have 25 or fewer full-time equivalent employees, pay average annual wages below $50,000, and pay at least half of the premium cost for employee-only health insurance, the government wants to help you. Really.

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    14. Funding cuts threaten Grady mental health program

      Funding cuts threaten Grady mental health program

      Grady Health System is facing the possible loss of its mental health program as the Atlanta safety net provider confronts nearly $100 million in funding cuts, reports Georgia Health News.

      Grady is the second-biggest provider of mental health services in the state, behind the prison system, according to John Haupert, Grady's chief executive officer.

      “Mental health is one [area] that would be looked at,’’ Haupert told GHN recently. The program loses $6 million annually, he said.

      Patient advocates…

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    15. My Company's Health Insurance Price Just Shot Up 49%

      My Company's Health Insurance Price Just Shot Up 49%

      What can we do about it? 6 ideas.

      Today, I am testifying to a U.S. Senate committee--describing the horrific price increase my manufacturing company faces for our health insurance premiums. After years of increases between 8 and12 percent, our provider of 15 years just increased our rates by 49 percent.

      That’s an amazing increase. After all, I cannot raise my product prices 49 percent. My clients would laugh at me.

      Small businesses throughout our nation have a big problem.

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    16. Employer Groups Urge IRS to Combine Health Coverage Reporting Requirements

      Employer Groups Urge IRS to Combine Health Coverage Reporting Requirements

      At a hearing Monday before the IRS, a number of employer groups urged the agency to alleviate the burdens and costs to employers of health care coverage reporting under the Affordable Care Act by allowing for greater flexibility and simplification in the reporting requirements. New Internal Revenue Code Sections 6055 and 6056 require the reporting of health insurance coverage of employees under the Affordable Care Act.

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    17. Survey: Docs don’t like Obamacare

      Survey: Docs don’t like Obamacare

      Most physicians didn’t like Obamacare when Congress passed the health-care reform law in 2010, and they still don’t like it, according to a nationwide survey released Tuesday. Of the 3,072 practicing physicians in all 50 states who completed the survey, conducted Nov. 8-12, 59 percent said they opposed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) at the time Congress was debating and adopting the legislation, while only 26 percent supported the measure. Amid the current wave of negative publicity surrounding…

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    18. Georgia ACA exchange enrollment may be closer to 500

      Georgia ACA exchange enrollment may be closer to 500

      President Barack Obama's announcement Thursday that insurers can, at least for a year, continue to offer individual plans that do not meet Affordable Care Act benefit requirements followed the release of low enrollment figures for health-care exchanges. Now it appears that enrollment in Georgia may be even lower than originally thought, reports Georgia Health News. In Georgia, most insurers are already allowing individuals to retain their policies through late 2014, GHN reports.

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    19. Rewind on ACA: If You Like Your Current Health Plan, You Can Keep It For Now – If The Insurance Company Lets You

      By: Laura Miller Andrew Today, President Obama announced that individuals and small businesses who currently have health insurance policies that do not meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act that have received or will be receiving cancellation notices because of ACA requirements, can renew the policies for another year if they meet certain conditions. The coverage [...]

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    20. Allow Flexibility in PPACA Reporting Requirements Business Group Urges IRS

      Business leaders of leading U.S. companies say the proposed rules for reporting requirements under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) (P.L. 111-148) are too complex and costly and are urging the IRS to allow employers more flexibility in meeting those requirements. In a letter to the IRS dated November 8, the Business Roundtable said that implementing the rules would impose additional financial and administrative burdens on compliant employers.

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    21. Health Care Laws Affecting Small Businesses - CPA Practice Advisor

      For Marty Smith, co-owner of a small accounting firm in Charlotte, the Affordable Care Act means less money for training and new technology. For financial adviser Richard Joyce, it means not hiring any more part-time employees, working longer days and filing more paperwork. And for Rick Seifert, owner of the Pest Control Authority, it means administrative headaches and group insurance premiums potentially three times higher than last year's.

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