|Some Employers Given Temporary ACA Reprieve|
On Feb. 10, the White House declared a delay in enforcing the employer mandate for medium-sized businesses. Now, these companies will have until 2016 to provide health coverage to the vast majority of their full-time employees. The change, announced by the Treasury Department, impacts those with 50-99 workers.
|Athena PowerLink Accepting Applications for Mentorship Program|
Program Designed to Help Female Entrepreneurs
ATHENAPowerLink® Nashville (APL), a program that selects a female business owner each year and pairs her with with a volunteer advisory committee for 12 months of ongoing mentorship, is currently accepting applications through March 1, 2014.
|HEN Report Documents Improvements in Care Benefits, Reductions in Cost|
On Feb. 5, the American Hospital Association (AHA) / Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) released its annual report highlighting the program’s success of the past two years. The report showed significant improvements in quality were made in key clinical areas resulting in better care for an estimated 69,072 patients with associated cost savings of more than $201,811,600.
|BCBST Offering One-Year Extensions to Individuals with Policy Renewal Dates through Oct. 1, 2014|
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee will allow individuals with coverage renewal dates from Jan. 1, 2014 through Oct. 1, 2014 to keep their existing health plans for another year.
|TriStar Health Offering On-line Heart Disease Risk Assessment|
TriStar Health recently launched a free, interactive online personal health risk questionnaire that will help individuals understand their potential for cardiovascular problems. Visitors start by going on-line to TriStarHealth.com/MyHeartRisk and answering questions about family history, cholesterol, blood pressure, lifestyle habits and more.
|Two-Midnight Rule Punishment Delayed|
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recenlty announced their auditors would hold off on assessing punitive fees to hospitals found to be out of compliance with the 'two midnight' rule, which is part of the 2014 Inpaient Perspective Payment System rule, until after Sept. 30.