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HIPAA Security Policies and Procedures

Posted on Jul 11, 2016

Contributed by John S. Conniff Business Associates who fail to conduct health information risk assessments and adopt required security policies and procedures face a growing threat of discovery and fines. Catholic Health Care Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (CHCS) got more than a prayerful penance after violating HIPAA rules. The $650,000 fine imposed by HHS arose from the reported theft of a CHCS issued, unencrypted iPhone that was not even password protected. What?

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Overseas Manufacturers Setting Up Shop in the U.S.

Posted on Aug 4, 2015

As foreign-owned companies increasingly set up shop in the U.S. they have a lot to consider regarding group medical coverage for their U.S. employees. Our Access U.S. group medical offerings include: ACA compliant plans, easy administration for employees spread across multiple states, and they allow for billing outside of the U.S. Contact our International Team today for more information. Continue to article    

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Learn From One International Traveler’s Mistake

Posted on Jul 8, 2015

After spending several hours in a German ER this poor guy was told he just had a virus and was released. If he had Aetna International coverage then he may have avoided the hassle by simply calling the 24/7 Nurse Line.

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Survey: Growth in health costs is slowing

Posted on Apr 24, 2012

Healthcare costs aren’t growing quite as rapidly as they have in the past, according to new research from Buck Consultants. The study predicts that health insurance costs will rise this year by less than 10 percent — the first time growth has been that low in more than a decade. The findings could undermine Republicans’ argument that President Obama’s healthcare law is driving costs higher. Read more http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-insurance/220999-survey-growth-in-health-costs-is-slowing  

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State moves to limit ER visits

Posted on Apr 24, 2012

The Washington State Health Care Authority is working with the Washington State Hospital Association and physicians on a legislative mandate to reduce non-emergency use of hospital emergency departments as well as over-utilization of emergency services beginning July 1. The new plan — included in the Supplemental Budget passed on April 11 by the Legislature — replaces earlier state proposals that would have limited the annual number of non-emergency visits by a client to the emergency department and to stop reimbursing hospitals and physicians for treatments and services that are not medically necessary in the setting of an emergency department. Read more http://www.mi-reporter.com/news/148919325.html

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