Health and Human Services has issued final regulations that address recent legislative changes to the HIPAA privacy and date security rules. Compliance by employers will be required by Sept. 23, according to a press release. Read More
SeeChange Health and Blue Shield of California are two San Francisco insurance companies that are stepping up efforts to market value-based insurance design plans to large employers. Read More
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said it is giving $1.5 billion in grants to 11 states to launch or further develop health insurance exchanges. Those states are California, Delaware, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Oregon and Vermont.Read More
Unlike its predecessor the pedometer, which tracked only steps and whose data couldn't be uploaded or easily shared, the accelerometer monitors steps, distance and calories burned. It even tracks sleep.
Finding a qualified partner in the employee benefits industry can help companies adjust to the ACA regulatory landscape. Accreditations are enhancing their knowledge.
Researchers found 'significant variation in how private health insurance coverage works for tobacco cessation treatment' when analyzing 39 insurance contracts in six states.Read More
In 2012, the maximum penalty for non-compliance was $105 a month, or $1,260 a year. The maximum penalty this year for those with incomes that exceed 300 percent of the federal poverty level will be $106 for each month that an individual is not covered by health insurance, or $1,272 a year.
Finding a qualified partner in the employee benefits industry can help companies adjust to the ACA regulatory landscape. Accreditations are enhancing their knowledge.Read More
Concern over the long-term implications of prescribing narcotic pain medications to injured workers has grown during the past two years.Read More
Steep prices of specialty drugs—such as Humira or Enbrel, which can cost more than $14,000 annually—are prompting employers to focus on managing the expense. But the question is how. “There are lots of cogs in this wheel and that complicates the management of these drugs,” says Cheryl Larson, vice president of the Midwest Business Group on Health.Read More