On Friday, October 3rd, the HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued a highly anticipated proposed rule (the Proposed Rule) that provides amendments to the Anti-Kickback Statute’s regulatory safe harbors (AKS Safe Harbors) and adds protections for increasingly common payment practices and business arrangements under the Civil Monetary Penalty Law (CMP). These amendments and updates to the AKS […]Read more
According to the 2014 PWC study entitled “The Wearable Future”, more than 85% of respondents said they’d be unwilling to buy a smart watch, fitness band or smart glasses at a price point of $300 or more. Even at a lower price of $100, 42% would buy a smart watch, 38% a fitness band and 27% smart […]Read more
According to a new series by PWC entitled “The Wearable Future, consumers don’t want to pay much for their wearable devices; they want to be paid to use them. More than two-thirds (68 percent) of consumers say they would wear employer-provided wearables streaming anonymous data to an information pool in exchange for break on their insurance […]Read more
As of August 2014, the following were the results in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs:
More than 490,000 eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals are actively registered.
More than 412,000 health care providers received payment for participating.
In May 2013, CMS announced that more than half of all eligible health care providers had been […]
The 2014 Inside Benefits Communication Survey conducted by the National Business Coalition on Health and Benz Communications set out to learn how companies are
strategizing and implementing benefits communication through the lens of the Affordable
Care Act, compliance mandates and industry trends.
When asked which would have the biggest impact on their benefits communications strategy, close to three […]
According to the July 2014 Buck Consultant’s report entitled “Working Well: A Global Survey of Health Promotion, Workplace Wellness and Productivity Strategies” (sixth edition,), which investigates emerging trends in employer-sponsored health promotion and wellness programs, the data shows that incentive amount has a direct correlation to program participation levels, but initiatives that require long-term lifestyle […]Read more