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  • 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 - 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 - 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 - 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.
  • 08.18.2014 - 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.
  • 08.05.2014 - 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.
  • 07.18.2014 - Recent Changes in the World of IRAs
    Both the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Tax Court recently issued opinions dealing with individual retirement accounts (IRAs). This article shares two rulings regarding inherited IRAs, as well as tax-free rollover contributions.
  • 07.16.2014 - Using Form 990 for Organizational Improvements
    While many non-profit organizations may be exempt from income taxes, they are not exempt from the federal government’s recordkeeping requirements. Among those requirements are tracking revenues and expenses and reporting those items to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by way of Form 990. Most importantly failure to file a Form 990 for three years results in the automatic revocation of exempt status. Reinstatement can be costly, even under the expedited process implemented in 2014 by the IRS. For a small organization, reinstatement can take a substantial bite out of its bank balance.
  • 07.16.2014 - Tax Changes in 2015 Rhode Island Budget Bill Will Impact Businesses and Individuals
    Last month, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee signed the state’s fiscal year 2015 budget bill. The bill enacts widespread changes to the Rhode Island tax system across a number of tax areas. The most significant changes will be to the corporate income tax, but changes were also made that impact both personal income tax and the estate tax.

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