Healthcare

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Four Tax Facts about the Health Care Law for Individuals

Written by Rehmann Team

There are a few basic tips to keep in mind about the new health care law. Health insurance choices you make now may affect the income tax return you file in 2015. Most people already have qualified health insurance coverage and will not need to do anything more than maintain qualified coverage throughout 2014. If you do not have health insurance through your job or a government plan, you may be able to buy it through the Health Insurance Marketplace...

Published in Healthcare

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service is offering educational Health Care Tax Tips to help individuals understand how the Affordable Care Act may affect their taxes. The IRS has designed the Health Care Tax Tips to help people understand what they need to know for the federal individual income tax returns they are filing this year, as well as for future tax returns. This includes information on the Premium Tax Credit and making health care coverage choices. Although many of the tax provisions included in the law went into effect on Jan...

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Wednesday, 12 February 2014

New ACA Delay

Written by Rehmann Team

Key provisions of the Affordable Care Act have been delayed for a year. This delay will grant employers with between 50 and 99 employees specific relief and a different type of relief for employers with more than 100 employees.From the Treasury Department announcement: "Companies with 50-99 employees that do not yet provide quality, affordable health insurance to their full-time workers will report on their workers and coverage in 2015, but have until 2016 before any employer responsibility payments could apply." Changes to the regulations don't stop there...

Published in Healthcare
Thursday, 30 January 2014

New Rules Ease Limits on Dental, Vision Plans

Written by Thomson Reuters

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) specifically sets aside certain benefits as "excepted" from the law's key requirements. These excepted benefits include the ban on annual benefit limits and waiting periods exceeding 90 days, rules governing distribution of Summary of Benefit and Coverage statements and cost-sharing limits. Now, new rules clarify and refine the definition of those benefits, as well as establishing ground rules for a new category known as "wraparound benefits." Under the proposed regulations -- issued jointly by the Departments of Labor, Treasury and Health and Human Services -- some provisions take effect this year, and others in 2015...

Published in Healthcare
Wednesday, 20 November 2013

How to Build a Budget for Your Practice in 2014

Written by Rehmann Team

Jill Franks, CPA, CGMA, a Principal on Rehmann's Healthcare Management Advisors team, authored a recent Medical Economics article discussing the steps you should take in developing your 2014 budget to help your practice achieve its goals. Read the full article...

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Monday, 19 August 2013

Unraveling the Complexities of the Healthcare Law

Written by Rehmann Team

October 1, 2013 is an important date in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). That is the date when open enrollment for health insurance coverage through the new "Marketplace" begins.Scheduled to begin January 1, 2014, individuals and employees of small businesses will have access to coverage through this new, competitive private health insurance market. According to the U...

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Wednesday, 03 July 2013

Major Affordable Care Act Portion Delayed

Written by Rehmann Team

U.S. Treasury officials announced that they will delay the Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting requirements until 2015. “Over the past several months, the Administration has been engaging in a dialogue with businesses … about the new employer and insurer reporting requirements under the ACA,” the Treasury announcement stated...

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Wednesday, 03 July 2013

PPACA and the PCORI Fee

Written by Donald J. McAnelly, CPA/ABV, CGMA

The payment deadline for one of the first fees under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is almost upon us. The Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute Fee (PCORI fee) is intended to fund a Research Institute that will assist, through research, “the making of informed health decisions by advancing the quality and relevance of evidence based medicine.” The fee will first be assessed to all fully-insured and self-fund plans, including health reimbursement arrangements, with plan years ending after September 30, 2012. The $1 fee will be assessed to “the average number of lives covered during the policy year...

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Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Health Care Regulation Overload

Written by Gray Tuttle

Gray Tuttle, CHBC, a Principal on Rehmann's Health Care Management Advisors team, was quoted in a recent American Medical News article on the myriad of changes affecting physician practices and the need to identify appropriate people in the practice to lead projects. Read the full article...

Published in Healthcare
Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Mobile a Likely Key to More Patient Portal Use

Written by Scott Walker

Scott Walker, sales manager of health care products and services at Rehmann, was quoted in a recent American Medical News article on the use of apps for patients. Some hospitals have been successful by launching apps that give patients access to their medical records. Physician practices might find similar interest. Read the full article...

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