Health care

Portable Computers Get Health Clearance

Isn't it comforting to know that others are constantly looking out for us to make sure that new work equipment and new methods of working do not bring added health and safety risks? Newly published research, "Health and safety of portable display screen equipment" carried out by System Concepts Ltd.

E&Y Responds to Medicare Controversy

E&Y has produced its own Medicare document, Prescription for Change," which outlines the potential outcomes of current Mediare plans being bandied about, and offers its own solutions to an issue which will affect 1 in 3 Americans within the next two decades.The E&Y document: · Examines the drivers that will create the Medicare benefit, regardless of the current political obstacles · Provides a basic sketch of what the new benefit could look like · Explains the profound impact a prescription drug benefit will have on stakeholders · Addresses the questions: Sho
Technology

You Can't be Without it: Online Sources for Disability Insurance

Disability insurance is one of those items many people say they don't need--unless something were to go terribly wrong. While many people have disability coverage through their employers, analysts say this isn't enough coverage (usually only half of a monthly salary, and with a cap of $5,000) based on what most of us earn.How do you find disability insurance that matches your needs?Finding carriers isn't as easy as it used to be. Two decades ago, there were more than 200 carriers, while today, there are only about 40.

Clinton and Gore Try to Side-Step Congress

Congress has been passing health care reform back and forth, but no agreements have been reached. Now that the legislative session is about to come to a close, it is clear no new laws will be passed in the area of health care reform this year. But that isn’t stopping President Clinton.The New York Times yesterday revealed Clinton’s plan to release a new set of health care rules for patients in time for the November election.
Tax

Bush or Gore? Will the real Front Runner Step Up?

An independent national survey commissioned by inc.com suggests that Governor George Bush may be the present front-runner among small-business owners. The results show that the major worries of small-business owners are taxes, health insurance, and government regulations.The survey suggests that nearly 50 percent of respondents lean toward Governor Bush in the November election, whereas approximately 30 percent are partial to Vice President Al Gore.

EY Partner Addresses Health Care Reform

Dee Balle, Jr., Ernst & Young partner in the health care arena, spoke on RadioWallStreet on the issue of how the November election will affect sectors of the health care industry.In a recent voter survey by The Washington Post, 44% of respondents ranked health care as a concern above education, crime, and economy, and 53% indicated they are dissatisfied with the current U.S. health care system.
Tax

Presidential Election Issues Affect Small Business

As a CPA working in practice or industry, you know the impact a presidential election can have on your clients or employer. The views of the candidates on health care, taxation and other issues can mean a boon or bust to millions of our nation's small businesses.Overall, analysts claim Bush is more of a friend to small business based on his views related to Internet sales tax (against) and a repeal of the inheritance tax (for).

Medical Benefit Plans Offer True Benefits

If you're a CPA or accounting professional in a small- or medium-sized firm, you know how difficult it is to attract and retain employees in today's very tight labor market.

Rising Costs, New Drugs at Heart of Health Insurance Crisis

A study of health insurance costs in northern Ohio performed by the management consulting firm of Hewitt Associates shows health insurance costs on the rise at an average rate of 16% per employer. The underlying cause seems to be the rising costs of medical care, and in particular the rising costs and increased usage of prescription drugs. It is estimated that the amount Americans spend on prescription drugs has doubled in the past five years.
AccountingWEB Life

Protecting Assets From Nursing Homes

By JOHN J. SCIACCA, ESQ.Member NNA Preferred Provider NetworkClients who can afford Long Term Care Insurance (LTC) can usually insulate themselves from the expenses of a nursing home which can cost between $200-$400 per day.Clients who may be liquid or with limited income can be dismayed at these significant costs.

Balanced Budget Act Cuts Medicare Funding

The effect of the 1997 Balanced Budget Act has made a tremendous impact on hospitals across the country in drastically reducing the amount of Medicare reimbursements.In Alabama, for example, 70 percent of the state's hospitals will operate at a deficit according to a study conducted by Deloitte Consulting for the Alabama Hospital Association.Implemented over a five-year period ending in 2002, the Act is expected to cost U.S. hospitals a total of $50 billion.

Financial Returns Off for HMO Contracts

No one ever said dealing with HMOs was easy; in fact, physicians whose staff negotiates with payers on a daily basis can attest to the fact that financial returns are less than expected.This and other findings were reported in the 15th Annual Health Care 2000 report from VHA, Inc. and Deloitte & Touche.
Community News

Accounting Firms Merge Healthcare Practices

The accounting and consulting firm of Moore Stephens Lovelace, P.A. (MS Lovelace) has merged the healthcare division of Moore Stephens Frost (MS Frost) into its own healthcare practice. MS Frost is a fellow Moore Stephens North America, Inc. accounting network member firm from Little Rock, Arkansas.

Arthur Andersen Develops Health Care Solutions With Cerner

Arthur Andersen and the Cerner Corporation have formed a strategic alliance to improve health care delivery through various business process solutions.Cerner supplies clinical and management information, and knowledge systems, to more than 1,000 health care organizations throughout the world.

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