March 25, 2015

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Another Insurance Carrier Data Breach

Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield, a health insurance company in operating primarily in Alaska, Oregon and Washington, announced this week it discovered a data breach of its system.  Premera said it discovered the breach on January 29, 2015, the same date of the Anthem data breach, but just announced the breach to the public on […]

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March 10, 2015

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Preparing for the ICD-10 Transition

As the October 1, 2015 deadline quickly approaches, health care providers, payers, clearinghouses, and billing services are in the final stages of transitioning from ICD-9 to ICD-10.  ICD is the abbreviated term for “International Classification of Diseases” and 10 representing the tenth revision. ICD Codes identify the diagnosis on the billing; ICD-9 codes uses 3 […]

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March 10, 2015

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COBRA and Medicare: Know the Rules

If we’re working for an employer that has twenty or more full time employees, Medicare A & B pays on a secondary basis to our employer group health plan.  Thus, for many seniors with employer group coverage there’s no need to take Medicare when first available at age 65.  However, when employment ends and we […]

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March 5, 2015

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King v. Burwell Oral Argument

“You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.” – Bob Dylan, “Subterranean Homesick Blues.” Yesterday the Supreme Court heard arguments in King v. Burwell, the second challenge to the Affordable Care Act to reach the Court.¹  Unlike the 2012 decision, which was a direct challenge to the ACA’s constitutionality, King challenged […]

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March 3, 2015

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March is National Nutrition Month

The 2015 National Nutrition Month theme is “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle.” The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is encouraging everyone to adopt a daily routine of healthy eating and physical activity. A healthy lifestyle can promote overall health and reduce risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke. This year’s theme […]

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February 19, 2015

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Cyber Liability Policies and the Anthem Breach

In light of the most recent high profile data breach with Anthem, it is probably a good time to revisit the Cyber Liability policy and what implications for coverage there may be. Let’s consider a hypothetical manufacturer, ABC Company, which carries Cyber Liability and uses Anthem for their health plan (it does not matter if […]

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February 17, 2015

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Missouri Earns an “F”

The American Lung Association issued its 2015 “State of Tobacco Control.®” This report grades the 50 states on their tobacco policies that help prevent death and disease caused by tobacco use. Missouri earned an “F” in all four categories: tobacco prevention, smoke-free air, tobacco taxes and access to cessation services. Missouri has the lowest cigarette […]

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February 16, 2015

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Anthem Cyber Attack Update – Employer Response to Anthem Breach

As Anthem continues its investigation into the cyber-attack on its systems, many employers are wondering how they and their employees are affected and what steps they should take to protect themselves. Although Anthem has not yet determined the extent of the breach and which individual’s information has been compromised, it has disclosed that all lines […]

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February 11, 2015

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Anthem releases updated Cyber Attack FAQ document

Anthem has received many questions regarding the Cyber Attack against Anthem.  Please find attached an updated FAQ document which provides answers to many of these questions. Anthem continues their efforts to address all of the questions submitted regarding the Cyber Attack and will provide updates as they become available. Anyone with questions is encouraged to […]

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February 11, 2015

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Exchange Cyber Leak Stopped

Healthcare.gov was involved in scandal earlier this year as reports arose saying the website was sending private information to third parties.  The information leaked was personal health information that mistakenly became part of the URL that third parties had access to.   Inside the URL was the age, smoking status, pregnancy status, parental status, zip code, […]

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