Healthcare Insights

Tax Implications for Mergers and Acquisitons in Healthcare

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Whether it’s Brookdale’s acquisition of Emeritus or Kindred acquiring Gentiva in the long-term care space, Catholic Health East and Trinity merging, Tenet and Vanguard coming together, or Community Health Systems’ acquisition of Health Management Associates, healthcare has seen tremendous merger and acquisition (M&A) activity.  In fact, some 600 mergers and acquisitions have occurred in the past two [Read More…]

Move Past Secrets to Real Identity Verification

Account Takeover Protection for Online and Mobile Banking

Prior to the burst of social media sharing, little known facts about our lives were widely used for authentication before we were permitted access to sensitive information. For example, if someone called a retail bank to check a balance or question a DDA fee, she would provide identifying information for herself and her account, and [Read More…]

E-Verify Announcements – myE-Verify and Record Disposal

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E-Verify has been active recently with several new announcements over the past few weeks.  While they may not have a significant immediate impact, the release of myE-Verify along with new Record Disposal rules present a perfect opportunity to review your overall procedures related to E-Verify.  Highlights of the recent announcements include the following: myE-Verify: A [Read More…]

Thwarting True Name Fraud Like Never Before

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Identity theft impacts over 15 million US consumers a year, at a cost to businesses of over $50 billion annually. Many of us are worried about our identities being stolen. Can more be done to protect the consumer? Absolutely. More also needs to be done to protect businesses from fraud and theft based on identity [Read More…]

Hackers Leave Customers Everywhere At Risk

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Before most systems are hacked, a personal or corporate identity is compromised – online or offline. An initial compromise may be a very sophisticated, software-driven breach of a website’s infrastructure; such as the recent data breach reported last month at JP Morgan, where it’s reported that Russian-based hackers took advantage of a technical flaw in [Read More…]

ACA and IRS Reporting Demystified

Temporary Protected Status - Exceptions Announced

Webinar:  Tuesday | September 30 | 2:30 PM EDT Many employers believe they do not have to worry about ACA and IRS reporting until 2016, but the reality is that they must begin preparing in 2015 to file in 2016. And because the fines you (and your employees) may face in 2016 will be determined [Read More…]

Protecting Data Privacy

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Theft of consumer financial and identity information is rising, and the subsequent use of those stolen identities to attempt breaches of other sites compounds the problem. So far this year there have been more than 100 data breaches caused by hacking or similar reasons according to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, with more than 200 breaches from all reasons. [Read More…]

MESC: Streamlining the Applicant Eligibility Experience with Program Integrity

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Rich Huffman, Sr Director – Identity Product Management, recently presented at MESC  on how to improve program integrity by understanding applicant eligibility early in the process. Public health and welfare outcomes are enhanced when members smoothly access the correct programs. States, exchanges, and human services programs need to balance the applicant experience with the need for integrity [Read More…]

Detecting Fraud and Abuse in Healthcare

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Dr. Michael Nelson, Equifax VP of Healthcare Strategy and Business Development, recently participated at the AHIMA CDI Summit in a panel discussion on “Leveraging Data and Analytics to Detect Fraud and Abuse in Healthcare.”  The panel was moderated by Jennifer Covich Bordenick, CEO for the eHealth Initiative. In a white paper published last year, the eHealth Initiative stated: [Read More…]

Sharing Cyber Threat Info to Improve Security

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Last month the Senate Intelligence Committee approved a bill that would protect firms from any legal liability for sharing cyber threats with the government. This bill would set up a web portal in the Department of Homeland Security where private firms can confidentially share threat information without legal liability. The counterbalance to this sharing of information [Read More…]