Health insurer Premera Blue Cross agreed to pay $6.85 million to settle alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) related to a major data breach that the company reported in 2015.
Urban Meyer, one of collegiate football’s most lauded and recognizable coaches, is undoubtedly in hot water. Whether he will join the ranks of the unemployed, however, is yet to be determined, along with the resolution of a host of unanswered questions. The amount of information related to this story is already substantial and impossible to […]
In its recent efforts to enforce the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer mandate, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has been disregarding key safeguards in the law designed to protect employers from unwarranted penalties, a coalition of business organizations warned in a recent letter to federal officials.
A group of best-performing companies has achieved a $2,251 per employee per year (PEPY) healthcare cost advantage over the national average in 2017 ($9,950 compared with $12,201), according to global advisory, broking, and solutions company Willis Towers Watson’s 22nd annual Best Practices in Health Care Employer Survey.
21st Century Oncology, Inc. (21CO) has agreed to pay $2.3 million in lieu of potential civil money penalties to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and adopt a comprehensive corrective action plan to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and […]
In 2016, overall national health spending increased 4.3% following 5.8% growth in 2015, according to a study by the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Following Affordable Care Act (ACA) coverage expansion and significant retail prescription drug spending growth in 2014 and 2015, says CMS, healthcare spending growth […]
The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) decision to seek public input on the controversial 2014 rule that sped up the union election process is likely to result in the rescission of the rule, according to an attorney who keeps a close watch on the Board’s actions.
Nothing ever “dies” online. Once it’s out there, people will be able to access it forever; no matter how hard you try to remove it, there will always be some cached form living in obscurity online. Recently, an employer learned this firsthand, as a job fair posting from 2015 came back to life and attracted […]
Increases in total compensation for chief executive officers (CEOs) at the nation’s largest corporations remained fairly moderate again last year, driven largely by uneven corporate performance, increasing bonuses, and a sharp decrease in the value of stock option exercises, according to a new analysis of proxy disclosures by Willis Towers Watson, a leading global advisory, […]
National health expenditure growth is expected to average 5.6% annually over 2016-2025, according to a report compiled by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Office of the Actuary (OACT). These projections are constructed using a current-law framework and do not assume potential legislative changes over the projection period.