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Calculate How Much You Are Paying For Poor Hospital Safety

Slightly more than a year after the Leapfrog Group unveiled its letter grades for hospital safety, the employer-driven not-for-profit organization has introduced an online tool to help purchasers calculate the annual costs of hospital errors, accidents and infections. The hidden surcharge calculator, developed by a team of experts in patient safety, hospital finance, and policy, is designed to allow employers to determine how much they pay each year in unnecessary medical-related costs. By... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Guidance Released on Employer Mandate Delay

From the National Business Coalition on Health: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2013-45 , regulatory guidance that formally delays the employer mandate provisions in the ACA, first announced on July 2. This guidance confirms that both the employer reporting requirements and the shared responsibility provisions are delayed until 2015, and both will be "fully effective" for 2015. Proposed rules for the reporting provisions are expected to be published this summer, and... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, July 12, 2013

Employers Rank Obesity #1 Concern, But Frustrated With Lack of Success in Addressing Problem

From the National Business Coalition on Health: The Benfield Group has published new research on employer disease priorities, citing obesity as employers' top concern.  This is the first time since Benfield's annual research began in 2006 that diabetes or cardiovascular disease has NOT occupied the top spot. Nearly eight out ten employers indicated obesity was "highly important," but they report limited success with obesity management within their employee populations.  Just 13%... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, July 12, 2013

Employer Mandate Delayed Until 2015

The dust is still settling on the implications of the decision to delay the employer mandate until 2015. But we know there are many ripple effects of the decision on the health reform plan as a whole. Kaiser Health News reports the following: The delay is unlikely to reduce the number of people that have insurance coverage since most large employers affected by the delay already offer health insurance to their employees. However, the delay could cost the government $10 billion in... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, July 3, 2013

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