A new report released by financial services firm Alera Group shows that few, if any, sectors of our economy have avoided damage by COVID-19. One area that has suffered terribly includes food growers, packers and suppliers that typically serve restaurants, schools and other commercial facilities. Other sectors hit hardest include construction, higher education, healthcare, hospitality [...]
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A recent IRS proposal would enable workers to use ordinary health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) to pay for direct primary care program memberships. In addition to giving workers the peace of mind in knowing they can fix the costs of primary care, the proposal would help primary care doctors reduce the time and money they spend [...]
This checklist is designed to help companies review the key reporting and notice requirements that may apply to their employer-sponsored group health plans under ERISA (the Employee Retirement Income Security Act). Please note that this list is for general reference purposes only and is not all-inclusive. Click to download entire checklist.
With the help of mobile chatbot technology, a Phoenix-based network of urgent care clinics is helping patients check in remotely for telehealth and in-person visits with primary care physicians and specialists. By using their computer or mobile device to send and receive conversational messages, patients can complete forms and be directed to an exam room. [...]
With summer comes outdoor activities and plenty of fresh air. But really, how fresh is the air we breathe if we’re wearing a mask? When asked this question in a recent Facebook Live event, a specialist in charge of infectious disease at a Midwest-based healthcare system said wearing a mask outside is fine and there’s [...]
According to the U.S. Surgeon General, one in six high school students admitted to using e-cigarettes in 2015, with use among teens rising. While the media and elected officials have warned Americans of the risks inherent to electronic cigarettes, it is important to be aware of the dangers. E-cigarettes, consisting of a battery, an atomizing [...]
On Thursday, May 7, 2020, the United States Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2021 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters final rule. This rule finalizes the CMS’ proposed modification of existing policy relating to how pharmaceutical manufacturer direct assistance (i.e., coupons) accrues with respect to health plan enrollees’ annual limit on [...]
As some state and local governments move to re-open, we’re hearing more about contact tracing. Since many Americans may be unsure of its meaning, we thought it might help to explain how this process may impact us. Massachusetts seems to be out front, already working to hire and train nearly 1,000 people to do contact [...]
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued Revenue Procedure 2020-36 which indexes the contribution percentages for 2021 for purposes of determining affordability of an employer’s plan under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). For plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2021, employer-sponsored coverage will be considered affordable if the employee’s required contribution for self-only coverage does [...]
According to HealthDay News, a study covering millions of children age 17 and younger showed that overall visits to pediatricians in the U.S. fell by 14% from 2008 to 2016, with sick visits dropping by 24%. At the same time, however, well-child preventive visits increased by 10%. Researchers mention increasing out-of-pocket costs and the increased [...]