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How Build Back Back Better Would Reshape U.S. Healthcare

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With the Infrastructure Bill now officially signed into law, Congress will now shift its focus onto the $1.75 trillion Build Back Better proposal. In its current version, the plan could reshape U.S. healthcare and the ACA.

ACA Looks Strong Heading into 2022 Open Enrollment

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The ACA is receiving some of the highest approval ratings since it was first signed into law in 2010. According to a June poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) , 53% of American adults are in favor of the ACA and only 35% find the law unfavorable.

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IRS Proposes Automatic Extension for Furnishing 1095-C Forms

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In a rather surprising turn of events, the IRS released proposed regulations that add an automatic extension to the furnishing deadline of the ACA’s 1095-C and 1095-B forms. Under the proposed IRS regulations , employers will have up to 30 days extra from the annual deadline of January 31.

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IRS Releases Further Guidance on COBRA Continuation Coverage

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The IRS recently issued a notice that further clarifies the usage of Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) coverage as amended via the American Rescue Plan (ARP).

Medicare Is Cutting 2022 FFS Payments 9.75% & Raising CCM Reimbursements by 54%

Medicare has made its priorities clear, urging healthcare systems and medical practices to provide proactive CCM. Learn how to scale your CCM program in 60 days with no capital investment & no new practitioners in this FREE step-by-step CCM 2022 eBook.

Health Carriers Are Benefiting From The ACA

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Several health carriers are experiencing growth because of the recent Affordable Care Act advancements. Most notably is CVS Health Corp. and its affiliated health insurance business, Aetna.

Get to Know the ACA’s Rule of Parity

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3 minute read. Without the proper tools or subject matter expertise, tackling the responsibilities of the Affordable Care Act’s Employer Mandate on your own can be overwhelming. .

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IRS Limited Non-Assessment Periods Help Avoid ACA Penalties

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4 minute read. The Employer Shared Responsibility Provisions (ESRP) under the Affordable Care Act may seem straightforward, but, in reality, complying with them can be challenging and time-consuming.

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How to Handle ACA Filing Corrections With the IRS

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3 minute read: If you found yourself in a situation where you received receipt of your ACA information returns for 2020 with a status of “Accepted with Errors,” you’re not alone and you need to make filing corrections.

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IRS Affordability Safe Harbors Help Avoid ACA Penalties

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4 minute read: How exactly do employers prove to the IRS that the healthcare plans they are offering to their workforce are affordable under the Affordable Care Act ?

An Innovative & Creative Problem Solver Approach to Selling in the Medical Device Space

Speaker: Steve Goldstein, Sales Leader

Currently in sales or involved in a business that depends on strong sales results? Join Steve Goldstein, Sales Success Coach, Motivational Speaker and Medical Device Sales Leader from Gold Selling LLC. You will absorb critical strategies to become a trusted partner in greater sales success.

Have a Handle on ACA Compliance? Let ACA Vitals Decide

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ACA reporting is heading into its seventh year, yet, many organizations still face significant obstacles to meeting the requirements of the ACA’s Employer Mandate.

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ACA Special Enrollment Period Garners 1 Million Signups

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3 min read. President Biden’s special enrollment period has already generated 1 million additional signups on the federal ACA health exchange.

[UPDATE] What Employers Need to Know About the Employee Retention Credit

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3 minute read: The latest IRS Notice 2021-23 provides additional rules on the Employee Retention Credit (ERC) with respect to quarter one and quarter two of the 2021 tax year. .

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IRS Proposed Rule Could Eliminate ACA Paper Filing

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Every year employers must file their ACA information via forms 1094-C and 1095-C to the IRS and any state government. For the last seven years, there have been two methods for doing this, that is until now.

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How You Can Win the Fight for Workers Against the Odds

In the world of behavioral and home health, where staff turnover is already high, businesses need to do 3 things especially well to win. Download the guide to discover how to attract reliable candidates to grow your business.

The ACA’s Future Hangs in the Balance

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3 min read. The Supreme Court case in which the Justices consider whether the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional without the Individual Mandate will see a judicial decision any day now. .

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Open Enrollment Kicks Off For 2022 Plan Year

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The 2022 federal open enrollment period began earlier this week and will run through January 15, 2022. Consumers will have a wide variety of options to choose from, as well as reduced premiums.

Get to Know the ACA’s 1095-C Form

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With the end of the year approaching quickly, ACA compliance and the subsequent ACA reporting are ramping up. Employers preparing for IRS and state filing requirements should consider the importance of the 1095-C form. What is the 1095-C form?

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How The Raise the Wage Act Could Impact ACA Compliance

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3 minute read: The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued a report last month that outlines the budgetary effects on American employment if the Raise the Wage Act of 2021 is enacted.

Your Team's Pragmatic Guide to Security

Speaker: Naresh Soni, CTO, Tsunami XR

The pandemic has led to new data vulnerabilities, and therefore new cybersecurity threats. As technology leaders, it's time to rethink some of your product security strategies. Whether you need to rework your security architecture, improve performance, and/or deal with new threats, this webinar has you covered.

2021 ACA Reporting Unlikely to See Deadline Extensions

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On October 2, 2020, the IRS issued Notice 2020-76 , extending the deadline for employers to furnish ACA Forms 1095-C to applicable full-time employees from January 31, 2021, to March 2, 2021. Will the agency issue an extension for the 2021 tax year?

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Three States Launch Their Own ACA Health Exchange

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Three states have successfully transitioned away from the federal healthcare.gov ACA exchange to operate on their own-state run marketplace.

These Common Mistakes Can Result in ACA Penalties

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3 min read. ACA compliance can be time-consuming and complex. There is a myriad of issues that can arise during the course of the year that can make employers’ annual IRS filings more difficult than necessary.

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Taxpayers (Including Employers) Have the Right to the Challenge IRS

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3 minute read: The IRS has a Taxpayer Bill of Rights, which includes a section stating every taxpayer’s “right to challenge the IRS’s position and be heard.” These fundamental rights apply to all taxpayers, including employers, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. .

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Product Transformation: Adapting Your Solutions for Cloud Models

Speaker: Ahmad Jubran, Cloud Product Innovation Consultant

In order to maintain a competitive advantage, CTOs and product managers are shifting their products to the cloud. Many do this by simply replicating their current architectures in the cloud. Those previous architectures, which were optimized for transactional systems, aren't well-suited for the new age of AI. Whether you're a seasoned CTO or an industry trailblazer, this webinar will help make your product ready to meet the competition by adopting an architecture that is optimized for AI innovation. Join Ahmad Jubran, Cloud Product Innovation Consultant, and learn how to adapt your solutions for cloud models the right way.

California Individual Mandate Final Regulations Have Been Updated

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3 minute read: The California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) has released detailed information pertaining to the state’s Individual Mandate as the furnishing deadline for self-insured employers draws near. The details apply to special rules regarding dependents, penalty exemptions, and gaps in coverage.

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Don’t Forget The New 1095-C Codes Specific to The 2020 Tax Year

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2 minute read: Every year Applicable Large Employers (“ALEs”) must file Forms 1094-C and 1095-C with the IRS and furnish Forms 1095-C to employees considered full-time under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”).

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ACA Improvements to Expect from the Biden Administration

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3 minute read: The inauguration welcoming president-elect Joe Biden to the White House is imminent and with the recent shift in majority control of the Senate, we can expect a number of advancements to the Affordable Care Act to follow.

Missouri Medicaid Expansion Sees Immediate Success

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Missouri’s ACA Medicaid expansion is already seeing substantial growth in terms of health coverage enrollment and participation. The state originally expanded Medicaid and Medicare at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic last summer.

Frontline Call Center Partners with VBurchett Consulting to Improve Patients' Experiences

Frontline Call Center and VBurchett Consulting are joining forces in modern patient care with a new patient engagement center that utilizes telemedicine.

ACA Penalty Amounts for 2022 Tax Year Surface

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The IRS recently announced the ACA affordability percentage for the 2022 tax year and with that information comes speculation around the Employer Mandate’s IRC Section 4980H(a) and (b) penalty amounts for the 2022 tax year.

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2021 Dates for ACA Reporting

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3 minute read: The new year is here, and with it a laundry list of items to be sure your organization has a handle on, including ACA reporting with the IRS.

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ACA State Reporting Deadline for California is May 31

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3 min read. May 31 is the deadline for self-insured employers and health insurance carriers to submit applicable ACA information to the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) for the 2020 tax year.

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Minimize Penalties with ACA Best Practices for the Holiday Season

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3 minute read: With the New Year around the corner, employers should begin preparing their ACA Forms 1094-C and 1095-C if they haven’t already begun to do so.

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Improve Onboarding with User-Centered Design

Speaker: Dr. Kate Wolin, Founder, Circea

In the age of social distancing, digital onboarding is becoming essential to any program. This is especially true for medical practices, where the threat of the pandemic is the most real. As consultations are being digitized, so are the process in which new patients are processed and appointments are being scheduled. Practices with compelling onboarding experiences are the ones who will ultimately succeed in the pandemic area and beyond. Join Dr. Kate Wolin, founder of Circea, for an overview of behavioral science and the evidence-based strategies that can be used to support patient engagement. She will also review how a patient-centered design strategy can be used to evaluate and refine onboarding processes.

Employers Must Now Do More To Contest ACA Penalties From the IRS

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It’s no surprise that the IRS is increasing its enforcement efforts of the ACA’s Employer Mandate, but the amended Letter 226J language indicates that the agency is taking it to the next level by asking employers to prove their offers of coverage are affordable.

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Good-Faith No Longer Good Enough to Avoid IRS Penalties

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2 minute read: IRS Notice 2020-76 provided for a 30-day extension for the furnishing deadline of IRS Forms 1095-C and extended “Good-Faith Relief” from penalties under IRC Sections 6721 and 6722 for the 2020 reporting year. With that good news came some bad news.

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3 Resources To Assist Employers With 2021 ACA Reporting

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It’s officially the final quarter of the 2021 tax year and that means tax season is right around the corner. What precautions is your organization taking to ensure a smooth ACA reporting experience this year?

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2021 IRS Deadlines to Avoid ACA Penalties

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2 minute read: Every year Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) must file and furnish their ACA information to the IRS and their employees, respectively. Failing to do so can result in significant IRS penalty assessments.

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Primary Care Is Dead. Long Live Primary Care!

The primary care system is failing patients and providers. Capacity shortages have led to long wait times and physician burnout. To fix the system, we must find innovative ways to boost capacity and meet patient-consumers’ shifting expectations.