Some employers may have rejoiced when IRS Notice 2013-45 delayed until 2015 the implementation of the employer shared-responsibility penalties mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Certainly, this delay is a win for employers; however, other healthcare reforms will demand the attention of health plan sponsors before January 1, 2014. Husch Blackwell
Mark D. Welker and Scott A. Behrens, Husch Blackwell attorneys in our Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation group, recently addressed key questions employers should ask themselves about Healthcare Reform. Existing guidance in this area is complicated, confusing, and incomplete in many respects. To access the key questions and examples of basic compliance hurdles and
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that virtual physician visits are on the rise, and more payors are viewing such visits as a way to reduce the cost of care while also making care more convenient for patients. UnitedHealth, Aetna, and most recently, WellPoint are now offering such services or will be soon.