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Bipartisan Health Bills Pick Up Steam, but Contentious Debt Ceiling Negotiations Continue

By on May 26, 2023
Posted In Employee Benefits, Health and Welfare Plans

As lawmakers race to put together a debt ceiling deal, Republicans and Democrats are working on healthcare legislation that they believe could have bipartisan support. According to this InsideHealthPolicy article, the potential legislation could include limited site-neutral pay expansions and duals reform. Read more here.

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New 50-State Survey | ID Verification for Telemedicine Encounters

By on Mar 30, 2023
Posted In Digital Health, Health and Welfare Plans

Verifying the identity of a patient prior to delivering telehealth services is important to prevent a range of potential risks, including the creation of fake accounts, insurance fraud and drug abuse/diversion. A growing number of states and health plans require the verification of a patient’s identity. This verification activity has become a standard practice in...

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Digital Health: 2022 Year in Review

By on Mar 21, 2023
Posted In Digital Health

Digital health is one of the fast-growing segments of the healthcare market, with patients, clinicians and regulators increasingly aligned behind digitization opportunities. Over the last three years, patients and clinicians alike have embraced digitally delivered care and telehealth-related flexibilities. In this report, McDermott’s Digital Health team takes a close look at the forces shaping the sector...

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GOP Calls Biden’s Medicare Plans a Tax Hike on Small Businesses

By on Mar 17, 2023
Posted In Health and Welfare Plans

Republican lawmakers are calling the Biden administration’s plan to extend the Medicare trust fund’s solvency a tax hike on small businesses. According to this InsideHealthPolicy article, US House Committee on Ways and Means Republicans say their own legislation would protect Medicare benefits if the country runs against its spending limit. Read more here.

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HIPAA Challenges: State AGs Crack Down on Data Privacy

By on Feb 28, 2023
Posted In Health and Welfare Plans, Privacy and Data Security

Unlike the European Union, the United States does not have a federal data privacy law like the General Data Protection Regulation. State attorneys general, however, are cracking down on data breaches at healthcare organizations, according to this For the Record article. Access the article.

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Texas Judge Rules Against ACA Preventive Care Provisions

By on Oct 11, 2022
Posted In Benefit Controversies, Employee Benefits, Health and Welfare Plans

On September 7, 2022, a US district court judge for the Northern District of Texas issued a ruling that preventive care provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requiring private insurance plans to cover drugs that prevent HIV infection at no cost to patients violate religious rights. The ACA requires that private insurers cover certain preventive...

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CY 2023 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

By on Sep 28, 2022
Posted In Employee Benefits, Health and Welfare Plans

On July 7, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the CY 2023 Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Medicare Part B Proposed Rule, which was published in the Federal Register on July 29, 2022. The proposed rule includes proposals related to Medicare physician payment...

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The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022: Healthcare Provisions

By on Sep 9, 2022
Posted In Benefit Controversies, Digital Health, Employee Benefits, Health and Welfare Plans

After almost a year of negotiations among congressional Democrats and the White House, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA) was signed into law by President Biden on August 16, 2022. It passed in the US Senate by a vote of 50–50, with the vice president breaking the tie, on August 7, 2022. The bill...

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Establishing a CPOD Model: 5 Initial Steps for Employers

By on Mar 24, 2021
Posted In Employee Benefits, Health and Welfare Plans, Privacy and Data Security

A “closed point of dispensing” (CPOD) is emerging as a valuable model for employers working to make vaccines more broadly available as the United States moves toward mass vaccination efforts. Establishing a CPOD requires a deliberate strategy but can be done efficiently and proactively by taking a few initial steps. View the checklist.

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COVID-19 FAQs: For Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

By , , , , , , , and on Mar 26, 2020
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment, Executive Compensation, Health and Welfare Plans, Retirement Plans

Coronavirus (COVID-19) raises serious concerns for employers of all shapes and sizes, across all industries and in every business sector. As the impact of COVID-19 continues to grow, many employers are faced with new challenges that affect not only their businesses and their employees, but the health and welfare, retirement and executive compensation plans and...

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