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ACA IRS Forms – Are you hearing what we’re hearing? 

Friday, December 18, 2015 9:55:00 AM Categories: News and Views
Word has it that some payroll vendors (among others) are now struggling to complete the Affordable Care Act (ACA) IRS forms for their clients. We’ve heard about some vendors informing clients that they won’t be able to do all the forms... read more

Top Trends in Healthcare Audits and Reviews - Video featuring Si Nahra 

Thursday, October 8, 2015 4:12:00 PM Categories: News and Views
For those of you who have missed our monthly webinars (we've missed you, too!), this video will provide some of that flavor: relevant information, practical tips, and Si's voice! For others who are newer to Health Decisions, perhaps... read more

Jails Have Become Warehouses for the Poor, Ill, and Addicted - New York Times Article 

Friday, March 6, 2015 10:42:00 AM Categories: News and Views
This article reinforces what we at Health Decisions have been seeing at the jails we have worked with. Jails need to be seen as part of the continuum of care. The Affordable Care Act took some positive steps in this direction, but more needs to... read more

Make Like the Texans! - Houston Chronicle article 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 9:54:00 AM Categories: News and Views
According to this Houston Chronicle article, “the most popular money-saving option is for companies to conduct audits to make sure that every dependent listed on an employee's health plan is eligible for coverage.” Of the 150 Houston-area... read more

Midsize employers lack confidence in ACA, benefit strategies - EBN article 

Monday, October 20, 2014 10:20:00 AM Categories: News and Views
The situation discussed in this Employee Benefit News article is very consistent with what we are seeing in ACA compliance self-assessments we are doing. Most employers are pleasantly surprised at how much of ACA they have done (and didn't know). ... read more

Notes from the Field: Employer Compliance - MI Health Answers article 

Thursday, October 16, 2014 2:30:00 PM Categories: News and Views
This article for MI Health Answers shows results from talking to various companies about what they're doing for ACA compliance. read more

Dependent eligibility audits growing in popularity to cut excessive costs - ebn article 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 9:46:00 AM Categories: News and Views
Si commented on this Employee Benefit News article: After doing dependent audits for over 20 years, I can tell you that the "secret" to a successful audit is not how many people get removed but how high a response rate you get. Non-responses... read more

Open Enrollment Communications Must Move Beyond Status Quo - EBN article 

Thursday, October 9, 2014 4:56:00 PM Categories: News and Views
The author of this Employee Benefit Views article is right. Re-thinking open enrollment is long overdue. Actually, re-thinking all employee communications is long overdue. In addition to the new digital media, we have found two "old-fashioned"... read more

County Denied Tools to Trim Health Costs - Kaiser Health News article 

Monday, September 22, 2014 9:52:00 AM Categories: News and Views
This is the latest example of how employers (even large, public sector employers like Miami-Dade County) are being kept in the dark about what providers are actually getting paid (with public dollars, no less!). This “pay but don’t ask” approach... read more

2014 Employer Health Benefits Survey - Kaiser Family Foundation report 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 9:31:00 AM Categories: News and Views
If you haven’t seen the latest annual health benefits survey from the Kaiser Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust, check it out here. There is lots of interesting information, and an historical perspective that is very... read more
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