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Tim Anderson Presents at the American College of Surgeons Health Care Quality Forum
Posted on Nov. 1, 2014

On Friday, October 3, 2014, St. George attorney, Tim Anderson was a presenter and panelist at the American College of Surgeons’ Health Care Quality Forum held at the Utah State Capitol. The theme of the conference was ”Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes” and was centered around the ongoing transformation in the health care industry from volume – based to value-based care as well as transparency in both cost and patient satisfaction.

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Administration Delays Portion of Employer Mandate, Again
Posted on Feb. 13, 2014

Monday, the Obama administration delayed for a second time what is commonly known as the Employer Mandate. The Employer Mandate originally required employers with 50 or more full time employees to provide “quality, affordable” health coverage to their employees starting January 1, 2014. In July of 2013, the start date of the Employer Mandate was pushed back to January 1, 2015. Yesterday’s final regulations postpone the Employer Mandate an additional year for mid size employers and water down requirements for large employers.

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HHS Provides Final Guidance on Who Must Buy Individual Health Insurance Coverage
Posted on Sep. 5, 2013

As you may recall, starting January 1 individuals must have health insurance coverage, qualify for an exemption or make a “shared responsibility payment” when filing a federal income tax return. This obligation still remains on the individual despite the employer mandate portion of healthcare reform being delayed.

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HHS's First Guidance Since Defense of Marriage Act Ruling Expands Rights with More to Come
Posted on Aug. 29, 2013

In its first guidance since the Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act, HHS clarified that all beneficiaries in private Medicare plans have access to equal coverage when it comes to care in a nursing home where their spouse lives regardless of sexual orientation.

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Four Entities Given $800,000 to Help Utahns Navigate the Health Insurance Marketplaces
Posted on Aug. 20, 2013

As opening day fast approaches for the Health Insurance Marketplaces, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services continue to roll out new pieces to the health reform puzzle. In Utah, a total of over $800,000 has recently been granted to four companies to help the masses determine what insurance is right for them. CMS envisions these Navigators will ”serve as an in-person resource for Americans who want additional assistance in shopping for and enrolling in plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace this fall.”

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White House Delays Employer Mandate, via Blog Post
Posted on Jul. 3, 2013

In a move celebrated by some and booed by others, the Obama Administration announced that the Employer Mandate and its reporting requirements will be delayed for a year. The new start date is January 1, 2015. Perhaps most odd, this was announced via staff blog posts on the White House and Treasury websites.

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White House Delays Employer Mandate, via Blog Post
Posted on Jul. 3, 2013

In a move celebrated by some and booed by others, the Obama Administration announced that the Employer Mandate and its reporting requirements will be delayed for a year. The new start date is January 1, 2015. Perhaps most odd, this was announced via staff blog posts on the White House and Treasury websites.

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You've Been Deputized: Watch Out for the New Medicare Summary Notices
Posted on Jun. 7, 2013

This morning, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid announced that Medicare members will soon see a redesigned summary of their claims in the mail. Don’t be shocked, it isn’t a bill. The redesign is part of the push for greater transparency regarding your claims. And you are expected to help police the program.

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HHS Touts Increased Transparency of Hospital Costs and How Data Security Is Improving Care
Posted on Jun. 3, 2013

In advance of the electronic data/healthcare mega conference, Datapalooza (now in its fourth year), HHS released new statistics and issued new challenges promoting the effectiveness and impact of the new healthcare data standards. As part of release, HHS noted for the second time in a month, CMS has issued unprecedented data regarding typical costs for hospital procedures and how they vary across the country. This release involves thirty prevalent outpatient procedures.

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Preparing for Healthcare Reform
Posted on May. 15, 2013

With implementation of insurance exchanges and the employer mandate to provide health insurance or be subject to penalties only months away, Senator Max Baucus, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and strong supporter of the health care reform legislation, was quoted on April 17 as saying that he fears people do not understand how the law will work. “I just see a huge train wreck coming down.” Of particular note, Baucus stated “Small businesses have no idea what to do, what to expect.” Hopefully, this article will give employers, especially small business owners, a better idea of what to expect.

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