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Opiate addiction is a major issue in the U.S., most of which originates from prescription opiates, which are surprisingly easy to obtain. In fact, an estimated 207 million prescriptions for opiates were dispensed in 2013 alone. Prescription opiate abusers are far more likely to eventually develop an addiction to an illicit drug (such as heroin) addiction than a non-opiate abuser, as heroin will offer a similar high at a cheaper price. 
Tuesday, 18 July 2017 11:23

Cybersecurity in a Post-HIPAA world

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Cyber security is a topic we all see and hear about every day, whether from friends, colleagues or the news. The reality is, cybersecurity attacks are becoming more constant and aggressive with their techniques and targets, and it is our responsibility to learn how to protect our businesses from attacks.
 
Those who handle benefits have access to Protected Health Information (PHI), and thus must take particular precautions to protect this sensitive data.
Tuesday, 11 July 2017 11:14

Is YOUR Wellness Program Making a Difference?

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These days, most companies have some sort of worksite wellness program, whether it’s a monthly wellness newsletter, an annual health fair, or weekly exercise challenges.  At Fall River, for example, we participate in weekly Fitbit challenges, which definitely encourages us to log more steps every day!
 
When you think about your company’s wellness program, you may wonder how effective it is in actually improving the health of your employees.

The American Health Care Act (AHCA) bill was passed by the House of Representatives on May 4, 2017. (To catch up on the content of the House bill, click here).  Instead of agreeing with The House proposal, Senate Republicans instead drafted their own bill, released on June 22, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA).

This BCRA bill includes features such as:

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 14:11

Filing Deadline for PCORI Fees 7/31/2017

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The Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee is due July 31, 2017 for employers with any type of self-funded plan and/or a Health Reimbursement Arrangement. 

The fee helps fund unbiased research that evaluates the clinical effectiveness of medical treatments regardless of the profit potential. This fee is also known as the Comparative Effectiveness Research Fee, or CERF.

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