President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order aimed at improving price and quality transparency in health care. The order is intended to increase availability of health care price and quality information and protect patients from surprise medical bills. What’s in the Order? Specifically, the order is aimed at: Eliminating unnecessary barriers to price and … Continue reading Executive Order On Healthcare Cost To Affect Employer Health Plans
U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta recently said that he “fully expects” OSHA inspections to increase once new inspectors are trained. Acosta’s remarks are in line with the significant increase in enforcement actions employers have seen in the past two fiscal years. Increased DOL Enforcement Actions The DOL’s enforcement actions across the vast majority of … Continue reading DOL Enforcement Actions Are up and Expected to Stay That Way
Both the IRS and Department of Labor (DOL) have issued new compliance guidance for association health plans (AHPs). On June 21, 2018, the DOL published a final rule that expands the ability of employers to join together to form AHPs. According to the DOL, these changes will expand access to affordable, high-quality health insurance coverage … Continue reading IRS and DOL Issue Guidance on Association Health Plans
On Jan. 22, 2018, President Donald Trump signed a short-term continuing spending resolution into law to end the government shutdown and continue funding through Feb. 8, 2018. The continuing resolution impacts the following three taxes and fees under the Affordable Care Act (ACA): Cadillac tax Health insurance providers fee Medical device excise tax Cadillac Tax … Continue reading Spending Resolution Affects ACA Taxes
Health insurer Cigna Corp. announced today, March 8, 2018, that it would purchase Express Scripts Holding Co., a pharmacy benefits manager (PBM) for $67 billion in cash and stock, including $15 billion assumed for Express Scripts’ debt. This announcement is the latest in a trend of merging health care companies and follows the December 2017 … Continue reading Cigna to Buy Express Scripts in $67 Billion Deal
Ninety-two percent of U.S. employers say that the severe skills shortage experienced by industries is negatively affecting employee productivity, engagement and retention, according to the Hays U.S. 2018 Salary Guide. Respondents revealed that a lack of training and development and fewer workers entering their industries were the main causes of the shortage. Contact us for … Continue reading DID YOU KNOW?
With more employees falling victim to addiction, employers are seeing lower productivity, higher health care costs and fewer qualified applicants.