MyHealthGuide Newsletter 10/28/13

Published weekly by MyHealthGuide, LLC HCC Insurance Holdings To Acquire Centris Group for $171 Million Source New York Times, 10/13/2013, NY Times Article HOUSTON — HCC Insurance Holdings Inc. agreed to acquire Centris Group Inc. for $12.50 a share, a total of $171 million. Cen
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PPACA’s big business for TPAs

By Allen Greenberg CHICAGO – Love it or hate it, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act offers a slew of business opportunities to third-party administrators and others serving self-insured group health plans. That was the message Wednesday from Adam Russo, the CEO of the Phia
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‘Obamacare’ Vendor Blames U.S. Agency for Website Delays

By Kathleen Miller & Roxana Tiron In a packed hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday morning, lawmakers grilled four government contractors on the Healthcare.gov glitches. When asked for an ideal testing period for a project of this scale, one contractor replied, “months would be
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DOL Teams Up with Vermont on the Latest ERISA Preemption Attack

By Mike Ferguson The practice of individual states enacting laws that arguably infringe on ERISA preemption is not new. In fact, some states have become increasingly creative in poking and prodding at the limits of this federal law, which has raised obvious concerns among those involv
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Keeping Reimbursement Costs Down for Self-Funded Plans & Providers

By Landon Gordon Self-insured employers continue to face the pressures of mounting healthcare costs, lingering economic uncertainties and increasingly complex reimbursement rules. Although these self-funded plans are exempt from several aspects of the Patient Protection and Affordable
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From the Bench

By Thomas A. Croft, Esq. Caught with Your Pants Down: Why the Attorney-Client Privilege Matters The “advice giving” marketplace in the self-insured world is populated with all sorts of folks with all sorts of expertise – outside auditors, consultants of various stripes, cost containme
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Opioid testing helps curb workers comp claims

By Sheena Harrison When Jacobsen Construction Co. Inc. started an opioid drug testing program last year, the firm gained a tool to help its 400 workers avoid accidents. Mat Guerrero, safety manager for the Salt Lake City company, said Jacobsen has long conducted employee drug tests. B
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Executive to Defend Firm’s Role in Health Site

By Gautham Nagesh An executive from the top contractor involved in designing the federal website consumers can use to sign up for health insurance is set to testify Thursday in Congress about the problems that have stymied the site. Cheryl Campbell, senior vice president of CGI Federa
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Employees aware of ACA provisions, fearful of future costs

By Andy Stonehouse October 22, 2013 Exchange glitches and government shutdown politics aside, it turns out that the biggest concern that America’s workers have about the impact of the Affordable Care Act is still very much cost — direct, rising prices for health care insurance, over t
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Exchanges can’t be viewed in isolation

There has been so much focus on the public exchanges since their launch Oct. 1, but they can’t be looked at in isolation, said Avalere Health’s Elizabeth Carpenter during a session this week at the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans’ annual conference. Important insura
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