ACA Update: IRS Extends Distribution Deadline for 1095 Forms

Were you greeted at work today by news of the IRS extending the distribution deadline for 1095 forms? The Equifax ACA team has reviewed the official documentation from the IRS to provide you with the important details you need. Following consultation with stakeholders, the Department of the Treasury and the IRS have determined that a substantial [Read More…]

ACA Update: Election Aside, 2016 Reporting Requirements Remain

While there has been significant speculation about how the results of the 2016 election will impact ACA, the current regulations and accompanying penalties are still in place. The new administration would have a difficult time making any significant changes before the January 31, 2017 deadline to furnish 1095-Cs to employees and enrolled individuals. The Republican [Read More…]

In the News: How Will Rising ACA Premiums Affect Employers?

By now, you have likely seen numerous headlines and reports about Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance premiums increasing an average of 25% for the 2017 plan year. While this increase may be worrisome for plan subscribers, it’s important for employers to understand the implications of these rising ACA premiums as well. What do ACA (also [Read More…]

Onboarding Compliance in the Healthcare Professional Environment

As one of the most tightly regulated industries in the US, healthcare professionals are exposed to more compliance challenges than any other industry. The below infographic was designed to give you a broad snapshot of the complexities surrounding onboarding compliance in the healthcare professional environment and the challenges with using a general solution. You’ll also [Read More…]

IRS Releases Final 2016 ACA Forms and Instructions

On August 1, the Internal Revenue Service released the much-anticipated draft 2016 instructions for Affordable Care Act Forms 1094-C and 1095-C, which are used by Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) to report on employer-provided health insurance offers and coverage. On September 30, 2016, the IRS posted new versions of the instructions and forms. Although the information [Read More…]

Patient ID Matching: Finding John Doe

Equifax VP of Healthcare Strategy and Business Development, Michael Nelson, was recently quoted in Journal of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), a leading healthcare professional association, discussing solutions to help improve patient ID matching. Nelson discusses how identity matching is solved in other industries that have multiple interactions with consumers – such as financial services or telecommunications. [Read More…]

SSA Selects Equifax to Strengthen Identity Verification

Equifax recently announced that it has completed integration with the Social Security Administration (SSA) to supply identity proofing and account, address and mobile device ID verification to help mange risk and mitigate fraud for the SSA’s my Social Security system, a personalized portal for customers to access some of SSA’s services such as the online [Read More…]

Cybersecurity National Action Plan

On February 9, 2016, the President implemented the Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP) designed “to enhance cybersecurity awareness and protections, protect privacy, maintain public safety as well as economic and national security, and empower Americans to take better control of their digital security.” Threats against business and the government are continuing with a record number of [Read More…]

How the Government Is Leveraging Data to Verify Identities

Several members of the Identity and Fraud Solutions team recently attended the Global Identity Summit in Tampa. Rich Huffman, vice president of identity and fraud product management, spoke on a panel about how government entities are leveraging data when verifying identities to increase security and decrease fraud. The federal government identifies millions of people every [Read More…]

National HealthIT Week: Protecting PHI

Protecting protected health information (PHI) requires vigilance in today’s environment of increased sharing of personal information online. National HealthIT Week (Oct 5-9) highlights the importance of health IT—specifically electronic health records (EHRs) which improve the quality of healthcare delivery, increase patient safety, decrease medical errors, and strengthen the interaction between patients and healthcare providers. Protecting [Read More…]