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    1. Time Warner to move retirees from company health plans

      Time Warner to move retirees from company health plans

      Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWC) plans to move its U.S. retirees from health plans administered by the media company to private exchanges, a person familiar with the plan told The Wall Street Journal.

      The company will allocate funds in special accounts that retirees can use to go shop for coverage, the WSJ was told.

      The change comes as International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) plans to direct about 110,000 of its retirees from company-sponsored health plan to a Medicare insurance exchange,…

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    2. Proposed Rules for Information Reporting by Employers and Insurers Under the Affordable Care Act Issued (TDNR JL-2157; NPRM REG-132455-11; NPRM REG-136630-12)

      The IRS has issued proposed regulations to implement the information reporting requirements for insurers and certain employers under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) (P.L. 111-148). The regulatory proposals reflect an ongoing dialogue with representatives of employers, insurers, other reporting entities and individual taxpayers. Code Sec. 6055 requires reporting by insurers, self-insuring employers, and other parties that provide health coverage and Code Sec.

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    3. Health insurers fear young will prefer fine over policy

      Persuading young, healthy adults to buy insurance under the Affordable Care Act is becoming a major concern for insurance companies as they work to comply with the law, which prohibits them from denying coverage because of pre-existing conditions and limits what they can charge to older policy holders, reports The Associated Press. AP reports that experts warn that a lot of these so-called "young invincibles" could choose to pay a fine rather than spend thousands each year on insurance premiums. If…

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    4. One year delay to ObamaCare requirements for employers

      On Tuesday, the administration unexpectedly announced a one-year delay, until after the 2014 elections, in a central requirement of the law that medium and large companies provide coverage for their workers or face fines. Separately, opposition in the states from Republican governors and legislators has steadily undermined a Medicaid expansion that had been expected to provide coverage to some 15 million low-income people. Tuesday's move — which caught administration allies and adversaries by su

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    5. New Guidance on Health Plans

      New Guidance on Health Plans

      The IRS has released two notices related to employer-sponsored health plans under the Affordable Care Act. Notice 2013-42 provides transition relief for employees and related individuals eligible to enroll in eligible employer-sponsored health plans for non-calendar plan years that begin in this year and end in 2014. For each month beginning after Dec. 31, 2013, Section 5000A requires individuals who are not exempt to either maintain minimum essential coverage for themselves and any non-exempt f

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    6. What Business Clients Need to Know about the Play or Pay Mandate

      What Business Clients Need to Know about the Play or Pay Mandate

      Although this mandate doesn't apply until 2014, the planning needs to start now. For one thing, the definition of an applicable large employer is based on the preceding year's employee count. So, the 2013 employee count will determine whether the employer is subject to the mandate in 2014. Secondly, open enrollment season for the Insurance Exchanges (now referred to as the Health Insurance Marketplace, or simply the Marketplace) starts on Oct. 1, 2013. By that time, employees will need to know (

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    7. SoloHealth scores strategic deal with Blue Cross Blue Shield

      SoloHealth scores strategic deal with Blue Cross Blue Shield

      Health care technology firm SoloHealth has struck a partnership — valued at more than $1 million — with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, the state’s largest health insurer. Johns Creek, Ga.-based SoloHealth has developed a self-service kiosk that helps identify risk factors related to obesity, hypertension and vision. The machine conducts a diagnostic health risk assessment using an interactive questionnaire and measures blood pressure, body mass index and visual acuity. It also includes…

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    8. New Blue Cross incentive plan focuses on primary care

      Primary care doctors could earn as much as 30 percent more in a medical quality incentive plan that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia will launch July 1, reports Georgia Health News. Physicians will get a per-member per-month management fee, plus other opportunities to earn higher reimbursement for better medical outcomes for patients, said Morgan Kendrick, president of Blue Cross of Georgia. The incentive pay program will begin in Athens, Rome, Columbus and Savannah, with more than 250 physicians…

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    9. Orion HealthCorp names new leaders

      Orion HealthCorp names new leaders

      Medical billing and practice management company Orion HealthCorp named Dale Brinkman CEO and Joseph Seale president. Brinkman founded Western Skies Billing Service, a unit of Roswell, Ga.-based Orion and has been its president since its inception in 1986. Seale has spent the last 10 years improving the collections performance of Orion’s clients. He has developed statistical tools combined with powerful data mining applications to predict trends, increase speed of collections and assist Orion…

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    10. Survey: Employees paying more in health care costs

      "Companies continue to look for ways to do this by adding and increasing plan deductibles, passing on more of the premium cost to employees and their families, tightening eligibility provisions, and greater emphasis on health and wellness," he said. Overall, the firm's annual Medical and Prescription Drug Benefits survey found that medical and prescription drug benefit costs continue to rise for employees and their families. Over 125 companies of all sizes responded to the survey, with 60 percen

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    11. Emory University launches drug commercialization venture

      Emory University has launched a public-private drug development enterprise that will transition scientific discoveries more rapidly and efficiently from university laboratories into the marketplace. The new venture is expected to help address worldwide drug development and commercialization needs. Drug Innovation Ventures at Emory, LLC (DRIVE) is a not-for-profit company separate from, but wholly owned by Emory. DRIVE will expand the capabilities of traditional academic drug research by combining…

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    12. Report: More doctors opt for cash-only system

      Report: More doctors opt for cash-only system

      A small but growing number of doctors are opting out of the insurance system completely, preferring that patients pony up with cash, due to frustration with declining payments and more red tape, reports CNN. Some doctors who have gone to a cash-only system say it provides more time with patients and higher-quality care. Health advocates worry that only the wealthy will benefit from such a system, CNN says. Doug Nunamaker, a family physician in Wichita, Kan., told CNN he went cash-only in 2010 after…

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    13. Atlanta hospitals on U.S. News Best Hospitals 2012-2013

      Atlanta hospitals on U.S. News Best Hospitals 2012-2013

      U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Hospitals list was published Tuesday. View the Atlanta hospitals that made the cut. The rankings are in 16 specialties: Cancer Cardiology & Heart Surgery Diabetes & Endocrinology Ear, Nose & Throat Gastroenterology Geriatrics Gynecology Nephrology Neurology & Neurosurgery Ophthalmology Orthopedics Psychiatry Pulmonology Rehabilitation Rheumatology Urology

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    14. Health reform rules still a mystery to many small businesses

      If you run a company with 50 or more full-time employees and have not done your homework on health reform, you might soon regret it. The Affordable Care Act imposes some complex rules on employers. Merely discovering what it will require is labor-intensive and could turn out to be an expensive exercise for companies that don't already have the in-house expertise to understand the health reform act or to manage the monitoring, tracking and reporting of data needed to ensure compliance with it. Ma

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    15. N. Carolina bill would require hospitals to collect sales taxes

      Large nonprofits in North Carolina -- including many hospitals -- would for the first time in decades be required to pay some sales taxes under a Senate bill introduced Thursday. State and local governments now pay more than $400 million in annual sales tax refunds to nonprofits. Most of that money goes to hospitals. Under the bill co-sponsored by Sen. Bob Rucho, sales tax refunds would be capped at $100,000 per year starting in 2016. That would affect only about 250 of the state's 9,500 nonprof

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    16. Here's What You Need to Know About Obamacare

      Here's What You Need to Know About Obamacare

      Worried about impending costs? We've gathered the latest updates all in one place. Next month marks a year since the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. But despite efforts by the president's administration to sway the public's opinion, about half of small business owners believe it will be bad news. Many of the law's provisions kick in January 2014, so we pulled together a roundup of what you need to know before then. Health incentives. The Labor, Treasury and Health and Human Services departments has issued a rule that lets employers ...

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    17. Report: 7 insurers sign on to participate in Georgia exchange

      Seven health insurers have signed up to offer benefits plans as part of the online insurance exchange that begins enrolling Georgians in October, reports Georgia Health News. The companies that have signed on are: Aetna, Alliant, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, Coventry, Humana, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, and Peach State. They will offer a range of plans for individuals in Georgia as part of the Affordable Care Act’s exchange, or “marketplace,” which will debut in 2014, GHN reports. Missing…

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    18. Why Healthcare Innovations Fail

      Why Healthcare Innovations Fail

      M.D., M.B.A? That's not what it takes to become a healthcare entrepreneur. In many ways, doctors are well-prepared to become entrepreneurs. They are professional problem-solvers. They understand patient needs, and they also understand healthcare trends and issues. But for many doctors, like many of the rest of us, the trick lies in knowing what you don’t know. I work every day moving innovation from bench to bedside, and I’ve found there are few key areas that consistently get short shrift as physicians try to build growing companies.Market sizeYou can have the best idea ...

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    19. Electronic health records adoption up

      Electronic health records adoption up

      More than half of all doctors and medical providers nationwide have adopted electronic health records, according to the federal government. According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey in 2012, the percent of physicians using an advanced electronic health records (EHR) system was just 17 percent in 2008. Today, more than 50 percent of mostly physicians have demonstrated meaningful use and received an incentive payment. For hospitals, just nine percent had adopted EHRs in 2008,…

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    20. Why Health Care Should Bring Back the House Call - Michael Fleming

      Why Health Care Should Bring Back the House Call - Michael Fleming

      Years ago, as a family physician in Louisiana, I made house calls. Certain patients were too sick or too hurt to get to my office. Sometimes a condition or injury had worsened, requiring my evaluation bedside. I would visit patients at home for the simplest of reasons: home was where they needed care. By the mid-1980s, the pressures of time and money prevented most physicians from making house calls anymore. But I kept seeing patients at home until I retired from my practice after 29 years. Home

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    21. Top 10 Gray Areas of the HIPAA Security Rule

      The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) affects most segments of the healthcare industry, requiring covered entities to use standard formats for many electronic transmissions of health data and to take specific measures to ensure the security and privacy of personal health information. Whereas the HIPAA Privacy Rule deals … The post Top 10 Gray Areas of the HIPAA Security Rule appeared first on Windham Brannon.

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    22. When It Comes to Health-Care Reform, the IRS Rules

      When It Comes to Health-Care Reform, the IRS Rules

      Get ready for the Internal Revenue Service to play a dominant role in health care. When Obamacare takes full effect next year, the agency will enforce most of the laws involved in the reform—even deciding who gets included in the health-care mandate. "The impact of the IRS on health-care reform is huge," said Paul Hamburger, a partner and employee benefits lawyer at Proskauer. "Other agencies like Social Security will be checking for mistakes, but the IRS is the key enforcer," Hamburger said. "I

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