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  • 09.18.2014 - Securing Your Cloud (Before You Fall From the Sky)
    The cloud is a revolutionary technology solution for businesses worldwide. Cloud utilization has led to a reduction in capital expenses, lessened IT department responsibilities and increased workforce access to information. Today, a considerable number of manufacturing businesses take advantage of what cloud computing has to offer. Although the cloud offers a wide array of benefits, it does not mean inherent risks do not exist. Implementing a cloud solution does not automatically protect a business from traditional IT threats and security risks. If you want to enjoy the benefits of the cloud and sleep easy at night, it is vital to fully understand what hazards exist in the world of cloud computing. This article explains cloud computing risks and the approach to take when evaluating a cloud provider.
  • 09.18.2014 - Improving Your Business through Globalization, Digitization, Rationalization and Transparency
    As the pace of change continues to accelerate for manufacturers, distributors and retailers (MDR) of all sizes, we see four driving forces at play: Globalization, Digitization, Rationalization and Transparency. We will take a quick look at defining these for you, but, more importantly, we will describe how technology, more specifically the cloud, can enable MDR companies of all sizes to manage and take advantage of these forces to improve your business.
  • 09.18.2014 - Does an Intercompany Asset Transfer Require a Sales Transaction?
    Often multinational companies contemplate making an intercompany transfer of an asset, commonly for operational or tax planning purposes. Intercompany transfers frequently include the sale of an entity for restructuring purposes, a trademark or patent sale customer relationships, among others. When such a transfer is contemplated, the company will often question whether a sales transaction needs to take place, particularly since the asset(s) is remaining “in the family”. This most commonly occurs when there is a transfer of intellectual property.
  • 08.27.2014 - Pepper Reports Updated for 2013 Claims Information
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has again contracted with TMF Health Quality Institute to produce a second round of Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER) reports for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF). Unlike the first round of reports which was mailed to your facility, this round of reports is available to the president or administrator of your facility after sign-up via a secure portal at pepperresources.org.
  • 08.18.2014 - Tax Updates Affecting Massachusetts Businesses and Individuals
    On July 11, 2014, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law the fiscal year 2015 Massachusetts budget bill. This article shares a brief summary of the tax legislation that has the broadest impact.
  • 08.18.2014 - How to Safely “BYOD”
    As technology advances and new mobile devices emerge daily, businesses need to continuously evolve their security strategies in order to protect their organizations.
  • 08.18.2014 - Pension Plan De-Risking Trending Upwards
    Among the many trends seen in the pension plan arena over the past several years is the continued annuitization of defined benefit plans. Large and small companies continue to investigate strategies to lower their pension liabilities and shift the obligations from the sponsoring company to an insurance company.
  • 08.18.2014 - Phishing Scams – What Should You Look Out For?
    Phishing is a scam typically carried out by unsolicited telephone calls, emails and/or websites that pose as legitimate sites and lure unsuspecting victims to provide personal and financial information. Recently, headlines have shared phishing scams involving people claiming to be from the IRS.
  • 08.05.2014 - The Connecticut Economy: What Makes a Top State for Business?
    Sponsored by BlumShapiro, Ion Bank, and UIL Holdings, this is the fall's most important economic event. Hear from top executives and leading economists about which industries are adding jobs, what's driving (and deflecting) business investment in Connecticut, and how state fiscal policy will impact the strength and pace of economic recovery. We will also release results of the 2014 Survey of Connecticut Businesses. All attendees receive a free copy of the report.
  • 07.21.2014 - New Billing Requirements for Medicare Advantage Plans
    Effective with dates of service beginning July 1, 2014, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) is requiring Medicare Advantage plans to report Health Insurance Prospective Payment System (HIPPS) codes with all of their claims for care delivered to skilled nursing facilities and home health agencies.
  • 07.21.2014 - Office of Inspector General (OIG): List of Excluded Individuals and Entities (LEIE)
    The OIG is required by law to exclude individuals and entities convicted of certain criminal offenses from participation in all federal healthcare programs.
  • 07.18.2014 - Impact of the 2014 Office of the Inspector General Work Plan on the Nursing Home Industry
    The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General (OIG) has issued its 2014 Work Plan, and five items have been identified as areas of review for nursing homes. The items identified include billing, administrative and quality of care issues. The five items (directly taken from the OIG's work plan) are identified in this article.

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