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How the ACA can Impact Your Taxes - MI Health Answers article 

Monday, September 15, 2014 9:59:00 AM Categories: News and Views
Very timely advice. ACA is a game changer for tax filings and communicating those filings to employees. This piece provides a useful starting point to plan for those changes. read more

First Steps to Take with ACA Reporting - HIX article 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 2:18:00 PM Categories: News and Views
According to this recent Health Insurance Exchange article, the ACA reporting requirements are being defined. The time to prepare is now. Those who wait gain little and risk much. read more

Start Your ACA Reporting Now - ebn article 

Monday, May 5, 2014 12:21:00 PM Categories: News and Views
The title to this article says it all: "Start your ACA reporting now, or at least start getting ready for it." Too many employers are putting off ACA reporting with excuses like “my payroll vendor is doing it,” or “my TPA has it handled.” No one... read more

Federal Crackdown on Medicare Fraud in Metro Detroit - Crains article 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 11:29:00 AM Categories: News and Views
If you needed to confirm what we have been telling our clients, check out this article. Providers are getting more and more aggressive in their billing practices, and they are on the move from Florida to Detroit and other parts yet to be... read more

CFOs examine health care benefits through financial lens - Business Insurance article 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 4:47:00 PM Categories: News and Views
This article highlights a significant development in health plan management -- the emerging role of the CFO. Our work with CFO magazine's training program showed not only growing interest by CFOs but the positive impact that involvement has on... read more

Preparing for 2014's Pay-or-Play Penalties - ebn article 

Friday, January 17, 2014 1:59:00 PM Categories: News and Views
Check out this link. This is another example of why self-funded plans need to start working on ACA compliance now. Waiting until 2015 is too late. Comparing and combining payroll information with enrollment information sounds simple but it is... read more

Technology and Data Skills Becoming a Necessity for Brokers 

Monday, November 11, 2013 9:56:00 AM Categories: News and Views
This video is yet another example of how the ability to use technology and “big data” is becoming a competitive necessity for brokers and consultants. Brokers we work with compete successfully with the biggest national consulting houses on the... read more

Employee Benefit News Says 90% of Employees Still Have ACA Questions 

Monday, September 23, 2013 10:19:00 AM Categories: News and Views
This article points to a growing problem. Employees are confused about ACA/Obamacare and their employers are silent. We have found that communicating about ACA is not difficult. Not communicating is what creates the problems. read more

Health Decisions Helps Employers Manage Enrollment, Eligibility 

Friday, August 23, 2013 9:44:00 AM Categories: News and Views
How to handle working spouses is front and center for more and more employers, as seen in this recent article. This along with common-law marriages, domestic partners, same-sex marriages, and multi-generational families are all part of the... read more

A New Era of Secrecy Between Group Health Payers and Providers 

Monday, August 19, 2013 1:26:00 PM Categories: News and Views
In the last ten years, secret agreements between providers and payers have become the norm with most PPO networks. These agreements specifically exclude employers and self-funded health plans from seeing what is agreed to, even though those same... read more
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