Directions newsletter is a monthly publication of the Benefits & HR Consulting Division of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. The March 2013 issue includes healthcare reform updates, benefit trends and surveys, upcoming webinar information and a variety of benefits and HR news including: IRS Updates FAQs About Small Business Health Care Tax Credit; EBSA Releases a PPACA Self‐Compliance Checklist; and The Benefits and Pitfalls of E‐Selection.
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A key issue in health reform is striking a balance between healthcare costs and quality health care. One tool to achieve this is the use of accountable care organizations (ACOs) in both traditional Medicare programs and private insurance programs. Whether or not ACOs will proliferate in the future is unknown, but there could be risk management ramifications to their structures.
Fox and Lawson outline what pay compression is and explore how to identify the situation. The authors also discuss how to find solutions to this common problem that governmental entities often face. (HR News magazine, 02/2013)
Fox and Lawson’s COMPDOCTOR article outlines key considerations and possible solutions for public sector organizations when it comes to limited budgets, and the need to implement changes to their classification and compensation program. (HR News magazine, 02/2013)
This Article Includes: Deadline to Provide Exchange Notices Extended: Department of Labor FAQs, The Departments Issue New Proposals to Address Contraception Controversy, HHS Regulations Propose Exchange Verification and Appeals Procedures, Final Premium Tax Credit Rule Explains the “Affordable” Determination for Employees with Dependents, IRS and HHS Issue Proposed Regulations on the Individual Mandate Penalty, DOL Issues Additional FAQs that Provide Insight on HRAs and other PPACA Related Topics, Exchanges are Dead – Long Live the Marketplace, Questions and Answers for Employers
Healthcare Reform Update―February 6, 2013
Directions newsletter is a monthly publication of the Benefits & HR Consulting Division of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. The January 2014 issue includes healthcare reform updates, benefit trends and surveys, upcoming webinar information and a variety of benefits and HR news including: DOL Issues Administrator’s Interpretation on FMLA Leave to Care for Disabled Adult Child; DOL Updates the 5500 Delinquent Filer Voluntary Compliance Program; and Consumer‐Driven Health Plan Participants More Cost‐Conscious.
Superstorm Sandy may have inflicted $26 billion in insured losses, but the storm’s real impact is in the changes in definitions of flood, weather-driven storm surge protection―and where Tier 1 actually applies. What does that mean? Read more in the Gallagher Real Estate Insurance Review―Q1 2013.
This Article Includes: Definition of a Large Employer Under New Employer Shared Responsibility Regulations, Regulations Address Employer Shared Responsibility Compliance and Penalties, Transitional Rules Offer Relief for Compliance with Employer Shared Responsibility Rules, Reminder: GBS’ W-2 Toolkit, CLASS Act Formally Repealed, Questions and Answers for Employers
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the long anticipated Omnibus Rule modifying the previously issued HIPAA Rules. The Omnibus Rule implements changes to the HIPAA Rules under a number of authorities. The guide focuses on how the Omnibus Rule affects employers sponsoring group health plans.