“Pay or Play” Penalties For 2015 and 2016

ACA Times

The IRS has announced the 2015 and 2016 “pay or play” penalties, adjusted for inflation, that may be imposed on employers who fail to comply with the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandates. The agency said the 2015 penalty for failing to offer coverage to substantially all full-time employees will be $2,080, or $173.33 The post “Pay or Play” Penalties For 2015 and 2016 first appeared on The ACA Times.

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Article: Reporting 2015 Coverage of “MV-lite” Plans

ACA Times

The post Article: Reporting 2015 Coverage of “MV-lite” Plans first appeared on The ACA Times. Some employers have used “MV-lite” plans that offer very limited hospital and doctor benefits, yet technically satisfy the “minimum value” calculations of the government’s online calculator. These plans have been effectively barred for future years. But how does an employer now using an “MV-lite” plan meet the reporting obligations for this year?

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4 Baseball Players with Type 1 to Watch in 2015

Insulin Nation

If you’re a baseball fan, then nothing makes you smile in winter like the phrase “pitchers and catchers”, which is the signal for the start of Spring Training. Baseball has a long tradition of welcoming players with Type 1 diabetes, including two Hall of Famers: Catfish Hunter, who won over 200 games and 5 World Series championships, and Ron Santos, who smacked 342 home runs during his career. This spring, we’re tracking four players with Type 1 diabetes in the Major Leagues.

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Important Diabetes Tech Advances in Early 2015

Insulin Nation

We’ve barely begun 2015, but early returns suggest it’s going to be a banner year for diabetes technology. The Type 1 Tech Roundup – February, 2015. While you might be going through the same day-in, day-out process to keep blood sugar levels in check, there’s a diabetes technology race afoot. Diabetes tech companies are trying to outdo each other with the latest pump, continuous glucose monitor (CGM), or app to help people with diabetes regulate blood glucose levels.

Telemedicine Today (#tday): December 2015

American Well

Welcome to the the final edition of Avizia’s Telemedicine Today for 2015! As another year approaches its end, we take a look back at 2015 as a year of great progress in the evolving Telemedicine industry. A few of Avizia’s proudest moments from 2015: Forbes – Avizia Is Transforming Healthcare Through Telemedicine. Telemedicine may just be the biggest trend in digital health in 2015. The post Telemedicine Today (#tday): December 2015 appeared first on American Well.

10 Big Deals in Type 1 Treatment in 2015

Insulin Nation

In 2015, Type 1 treatments that once seemed far-fetched have taken major steps forward. Here, in no particular order, are our picks for the 10 biggest events of Type 1 diabetes treatment in 2015: Medtronic releases the MiniMed 640G pump internationally , the first commercially available pump that uses predictive algorithms to anticipate lows and stop insulin delivery to ward those lows off. The post 10 Big Deals in Type 1 Treatment in 2015 appeared first on Insulin Nation.

Telemedicine Today (#tday): September 2015

American Well

The post Telemedicine Today (#tday): September 2015 appeared first on American Well. Welcome to the September edition of Avizia’s Telemedicine Today! For those new to this feature, we share the telehealth industry’s hottest news, events, legislation, insight and more. Fall has officially arrived in Virginia! The air is crisp and the leaves are beginning to change. As we bid farewell to summer, Avizia is excited to continue influencing positive growth throughout the Telemedicine industry.

The Type 1 Tech Roundup – February, 2015

Insulin Nation

Sayer projects that the company’s revenue growth in 2015 will land somewhere around 35% to 40%, reaching anywhere from $340 million to $360 million in revenue. Tattoos for blood glucose readings. There’s a promising, but counterintuitive, new strategy to try to do away with finger-pricks: tattoos. According to a MedGadget report, researchers at the University of California, San Diego tested a new glucose-sensing temporary tattoo with positive results.

Telemedicine Today (#tday): July 2015

American Well

Known as the Telemedicine for Medicare, or TELE-MED, Act of 2015, seeks to address state licensure laws that create barriers for providers to practice telemedicine in states where they are not licensed. The post Telemedicine Today (#tday): July 2015 appeared first on American Well. We’re excited to bring you the second edition of Avizia’s Telemedicine Today newsletter! SO much has happened this month in the Telemedicine industry and here at Avizia.

Telemedicine Today (#tday): August 2015

American Well

The post Telemedicine Today (#tday): August 2015 appeared first on American Well. Welcome to the August edition of Avizia’s Telemedicine Today! For those new to this feature, we share the telehealth industry’s hottest news, events, legislation, insight and more. Check back each month, or click here to subscribe.

Telemedicine Today (#tday): June 2015

American Well

When final payment rules governing how Medicare will pay healthcare providers and suppliers in 2015 were released last October, CMS added seven procedures to the telehealth list of covered services, including annual wellness visits, psychotherapy services, and prolonged services in the office. The post Telemedicine Today (#tday): June 2015 appeared first on American Well. Welcome to the first installment of Avizia’s Telemedicine Today, #tday for all you Twitter users. Each

Blog review of 2015

Healthcare Exchange Standards

I blogged half as many articles as last year, and yet my readership only dropped by 16%. I am amazed at all you loyal readers. I wish I had more than 28 blog articles this year to give you. Falling mostly in the category of FHIR, Consent/AccessControl, or De-Identification. I hope that they were useful. Thanks.

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The 2015 Type 1 Naughty and Nice List

Insulin Nation

The post The 2015 Type 1 Naughty and Nice List appeared first on Insulin Nation. Santa Claus and the NSA aren’t the only ones making lists and checking them twice. Here at Insulin Nation, we’ve compiled a list of who has made a positive impact for the diabetes community and who deserves a lump of coal. See if you agree: Naughty CrossFit CEO Glenn Glassman – Mr. Glassman decided to equate diabetes with death in a tweet connecting Coca-Cola to diabetes.

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Survey: Telehealth adoption, interest increased 340% among physicians since 2015

Mobi Health News

The American Well-backed poll of 800 doctors found a 340 percent increase in the number of US physicians who have conducted a telehealth consultation since 2015

3 Big Healthcare Trends To Watch in 2015

BHM Healthcare Solutions

October 1, 2015 is the much-anticipated roll out date of ICD-10 , the 10 th revision of the World Health Organization’s system to classifying “ medical records, including diseases, symptoms, abnormal findings and external causes of injury.” Now with better technology, more powerful internet connections, and major “ changes in reimbursement and healthcare policies ” telehealth is expected to be one of the biggest health IT trends of 2015.

Introducing American Well’s Telehealth Index: 2015 Consumer Survey

American Well

The post Introducing American Well’s Telehealth Index: 2015 Consumer Survey appeared first on American Well. American Well has published a new eBook – the first in our Telehealth Index series. We ran a nationally projectable survey with Harris Poll in December 2014 to answer some questions about telehealth, including: Are consumers ready get healthcare through video visits with physicians?

Introducing Amwell’s Telehealth Index: 2015 Consumer Survey

American Well

The post Introducing Amwell’s Telehealth Index: 2015 Consumer Survey appeared first on Amwell. Amwell has published a new eBook – the first in our Telehealth Index series. We ran a nationally projectable survey with Harris Poll in December 2014 to answer some questions about telehealth, including: Are consumers ready get healthcare through video visits with physicians? What factors would make consumers feel comfortable with the idea of seeing a healthcare provider over video?

Introducing American Well’s Telehealth Index: 2015 Consumer Survey

American Well

The post Introducing American Well’s Telehealth Index: 2015 Consumer Survey appeared first on American Well. American Well has published a new eBook – the first in our Telehealth Index series. We ran a nationally projectable survey with Harris Poll in December 2014 to answer some questions about telehealth, including: Are consumers ready get healthcare through video visits with physicians?

10 Big Deals in Type 1 Treatment in 2015

Insulin Nation

In 2015, Type 1 treatments that once seemed far-fetched have taken major steps forward. Here, in no particular order, are our picks for the 10 biggest events of Type 1 diabetes treatment in 2015: Medtronic releases the MiniMed 640G pump internationally , the first commercially available pump that uses predictive algorithms to anticipate lows and stop insulin delivery to ward those lows off. In fact, the company had a 2015 it might want to forget, partly because….

10 Big Deals in Type 1 Treatment in 2015

Insulin Nation

In 2015, Type 1 treatments that once seemed far-fetched have taken major steps forward. Here, in no particular order, are our picks for the 10 biggest events of Type 1 diabetes treatment in 2015: Medtronic releases the MiniMed 640G pump internationally , the first commercially available pump that uses predictive algorithms to anticipate lows and stop insulin delivery to ward those lows off. In fact, the company had a 2015 it might want to forget, partly because….

The 2015 Type 1 Naughty and Nice List

Insulin Nation

Santa Claus and the NSA aren’t the only ones making lists and checking them twice. Here at Insulin Nation, we’ve compiled a list of who has made a positive impact for the diabetes community and who deserves a lump of coal. See if you agree: Naughty. CrossFit CEO Glenn Glassman – Mr. Glassman decided to equate diabetes with death in a tweet connecting Coca-Cola to diabetes.

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IRS Guide for Health Insurance Company Filings

ACA Times

The Internal Revenue has issued a one-page guide for companies that must submit “ provider fee” reports during 2015. The noted that the 2015 Form 8963 must be used for in 2015. The “ year” for the 2015 Form 8963 has been changed from 2014 to 2015. The began accepting electronic filing Form 8693 at the beginning March; the due date for the form is April 15. are required to submit the , which are used to calculate the fees imposed these by the Act.

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Guidance on the Health Coverage Tax Credit

ACA Times

The 14-page notice explains who can claim the HCTC, the amount of the credit, and the procedures to claim the credit for tax years 2014 and 2015. This notice also provides guidance for taxpayers eligible to claim the HCTC who enrolled in a qualified health plan offered through a Health Insurance Marketplace in tax years 2014 or 2015, and who claimed or are eligible to claim the premium tax credit under section 36B.

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Key Dates for ACA Open Enrollment

ACA Times

November 1, 2015 – Open Enrollment begins. December 15, 2015 – Individuals must enroll by this date if they want new coverage that begins on January 1, 2016. December 31, 2015 – Enrollment ends for 2015. Individuals can apply for, drop, keep or change their Insurance plans. If they are changing plans, this is the deadline to enroll and avoid a gap in their coverage. Enrollment for 2016 can start as early as January 1.

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ACA Reporting Deadlines are Approaching

ACA Times

If an organization is an applicable large employer in 2015, it must file information returns with the IRS. An entity is an applicable large employer for 2015 if in 2014 it had 50 or more full-time employees, including full-time equivalents. The IRS has issued a reminder of the deadlines for applicable large employers to file Affordable Care Act information reports, and pointed out that the requirements apply whether or not a company offered health coverage to its employees.

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275,000 Select Plans in Week 8

ACA Times

20 to 26, 2015 was down sharply from the more than 4 million who selected insurance plans during the seventh week of open enrollment, when consumers were rushing to beat the Dec. As 2015 comes to an end, I am encouraged to see Marketplace consumers showing how engaged they are with their health coverage,” said Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell.

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The Information Employers Must Provide, and When

ACA Times

The IRS reminds employers that, beginning in 2016, the Affordable Care Act requires them and other providers of minimum essential coverage to report certain information about employees’ health coverage in 2015 to the IRS and to covered individuals. The deadlines for reporting about 2015 coverage are Feb. For 2015 coverage, the deadline for providing this form to individuals is February 1, 2016.

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Coverage Offer Can Affect Shared Responsibility Payment

ACA Times

The 70% threshold changes to 95% after 2015.). Transition relief for offers of coverage to dependents for 2015 is described in question 33 on the same page. Under the Affordable Care Act , applicable large employers are subject to the employer shared responsibility provisions. They must either offer affordable minimum essential coverage to full-time employees and their dependents, or pay an employer shared responsibility payment to the IRS.

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CMS Opens Extra ACA Enrollment Period

ACA Times

Those signing up during the extra enrollment period will have to state that they were unaware of the requirement to have insurance, or didn’t understand they would be subject to penalties if they failed to enroll in 2015 health insurance through the marketplaces. If consumers do not purchase coverage for 2015 during this special enrollment period, they may have to pay a fee when they file their 2015 income taxes in 2016. April 30, 2015.

IRS Releases Final Reporting Forms

ACA Times

As you get ready to file 2015 reports required by the Act, the Internal Revenue has released the final for submitting these reports, along with instructions for them. For reports filed by include Form 1095-C and Form 1094-C , the transmittal document to accompany filed with the and Instructions to Form 1095-C and Form 1094-C. For companies and self-insuring, reports include Form 1095-B and Form 1094-B, the transmittal document and Instructions to 1094-B & 1095-B.

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10% of Big Nonprofits Seek Contraception Waivers

ACA Times

The study is based on responses to the Kaiser/Health Research & Educational Trust 2015 Annual Employer Health Benefits Survey. One in 10 nonprofit organizations that have more than 1,000 employees have asked for an “accommodation” to the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that health plans include coverage for contraception.

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Premiums For Key Plans Up An Average Of 7.5%

ACA Times

One example is Phoenix’s benchmark plan, which is going up 19% next year; the cheapest 2015 silver plan in Phoenix had the lowest premiums in the nation, costing a 40-year-old $166 a month. For comparison, benchmark rates in those cities were essentially flat in 2015 before accounting for tax credits. Premiums will increase an average 7.5%

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Medicaid and ACA Split the GOP

ACA Times

One example cited in his article was the vote in early December of 2015 by Republican Sen. McCain’s vote in July of 2015 to repeal of the ACA, at the state level “I am very reluctant to take positions that counter the decisions made by the governor,” he told the newspaper.

ACA Assurance Testing System Opens Soon

ACA Times

Tax Year 2015 ACA Assurance Testing System (AATS) will open for testing in early November for Information Returns that will be processed in 2016, the IRS announced. The testing is intended to assist developers of software for processing according to the IRS. The AATS testing will be in two phases. The November tests will evaluate responses to “test scenarios” submitted by software developers on a character-by-character basis, comparing the information submitted with IRS requirements.

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Week 2 Plan Selections Top 500,000

ACA Times

HHS noted that the Thanksgiving holiday fell during the second week of last year’s Open Enrollment period, making comparisons with 2015 figures difficult. The Healthcare.gov online marketplace was used by 534,778 consumers to select insurance plans during the second week of open enrollment, according to the “weekly snapshot report” issued by the Department of Health and Human Services. Total selections for the first two weeks were 1,077,786, HHS reported.

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IRS Alerts Employers on Required Reports

ACA Times

The information reporting requirements first went into effect for coverage provided in 2015, so the first information returns will be filed with the IRS in 2016. Statements to individuals will also first be provided in early 2016, to report coverage in calendar 2015. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a reminder that all employers that provide self-insured health coverage, must file an annual return reporting certain information for each employee they cover.

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IRS Publishes Final Forms for ACA Reporting

ACA Times

The Internal Revenue Service has published final versions of the forms and instructions that employers and insurers must use to meet their Affordable Care Act reporting requirements for tax years beginning in 2015. The first forms are due in 2016 for 2015 coverage. Transitional relief is available for ALEs with 50-99 full-time and full-time equivalent employees for 2015 provided such ALEs satisfy certain requirements.). By Joanna Kim, Executive Editor.

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$11 Billion in Credits Paid During Filing Season

ACA Times

The report, available online , acknowledges that during the first quarter of 2015 the IRS received incomplete information from the exchanges. A final report will be issued later in 2015. In addition, the IRS did not receive data for individuals in six of the 15 state exchanges as of January 20, 2015.

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1 in 5 Americans Struggle With Medical Bills

ACA Times

The survey was conducted in September of 2015 among 2,575 adults ages 18-64, including 1,204 who reported problems paying medical bills and 1,371 who did not. One in five (20%) working-age Americans with health insurance say problems paying medical bills often force them to work longer hours, take a second job, spend less on food, use up their savings, borrow from family or friends, or seek help from a charity.

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Reporting Deadlines Extended

ACA Times

The 2015 forms affected, and the new deadlines, are: Form 1095-B, Health Coverage Information Returns (March 31). The IRS has extended by almost two months the due date for providing employees with Affordable Care Act information forms, and provided an extra three months for filing the required information forms with the IRS. The date by which employers must provide employees with Form 1095-B and Form 1095-C , detailing the coverage provided, is extended from Feb. 1, 2016 to March 31.

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