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Trump’s Executive Order on Transparency: How it Will Effect Each Segment of Our Industry

On July 23, 2019
On June 24, 2019, President Trump issued his “Executive Order on Improving Price and Quality Transparency in American Healthcare to Put Patients First.” This Order requires hospitals to publicly post their prices, and is designed to give healthcare consumers more choice and better decision-making capabilities.

Final Individual Coverage HRA Rule Released

On July 22, 2019
The Trump Administration finalized a rule in which employers can use HRAs to subsidize their employees' purchase of individual coverage.

The Phia Group's 3rd Quarter 2019 Newsletter

On July 19, 2019
The Phia Group is off to a great start in the third quarter of 2019! Check out our newsletter to get acquainted with some of the latest happenings in our neck of the woods.

Tales From the Plan: Episode 3 – Direct & To The Point!

On July 17, 2019
In this episode of Empower Plans – Tales from the Plan, The Phia Group’s VP of Legal Recovery Services discusses his experiences before and after becoming a happy participant in Direct Primary Care. If you are one of the many people who’ve heard about “DPC” but still wonder how it will be received by the plan participants, tune in.

The Conscience Rule’s Effective Date is Delayed

On July 10, 2019
The HHS published the Final Conscience Rule which allows the denial of healthcare services for religious reasons. Its intent is to protect religious obligations.

Tales From the Plan: Episode 2 – Mrs Peck, It’s Cancer…

On July 8, 2019
In this meaningful episode, Ron Peck tells us about his family’s battle against cancer, and lessons we can all learn from their experience. Health benefits play a role in our health and survival. You can’t afford to miss this one.

The Stacks - 3rd Quarter 2019

On July 2, 2019
This is “The Stacks” from the Phia Group’s 3rd Quarter 2019 Newsletter.

Network Contract Drafting: You’re Doin’ It Wrong

On July 1, 2019
Our consulting team came across a network agreement that had the nuance of indicating that the provider would bill amounts in line with market standards.

Empowering Plans: P70 – Surprise? Balance Bills!

On June 26, 2019
With this episode, the guys define surprise balance billing, discuss movements to curb them (at the State and Federal levels), and harass Pat “The Man” Santos as well. Stop reading this description and start listening!

Everything I Ever Needed to Learn, I learned in Pre-School!

On June 26, 2019
As the saying goes, many of the basic skills we need to be effective in life are taught to us early. “Use your words” – a common instruction given to young children who are struggling to express themselves or communicate effectively, is an instruction I still use daily – albeit with a slight adjustment. Especially with matters relating to plan administration, words alone aren’t enough! it’s important to use the correct words to avoid any confusion and ensure that everyone reading the plan understands exactly what you mean!

IP Law vs. Drug Prices – Round Two, Fight!

On June 24, 2019
It's no surprise that drug prices are far too high. New IP laws are attempting to change this with drug price transparency. Learn more about its impact!

The Impact of State, Federal Laws, and Current Market Trends on Self-Funding

On June 20, 2019
Attention, self-funders: things are happening! State and federal governments have been busy beavers, either passing legislation or at least looking into it. Whether it's surprise billing laws, Medicare-for-all initiatives, or public exchange options, you need to know about it.

No No-fault – Michigan Revamps its Auto Insurance Rules

On June 19, 2019
Michigan's Senate passed sweeping legislation to get the state's auto insurance rates under control. Learn more about this new law and how it can impact you.

MA PAID FAMILY & MEDICAL LEAVE UPDATE: Required Contributions Delayed…and Increased

On June 17, 2019
Massachusetts has delayed its contributions for its Paid Family & Medical Leave program. Stay up to date on upcoming changes to coverage plans and policies.

Tales From the Plan: Episode 1 – Putting the Benefit in Benefit Plan with Jennifer McCormick

On June 14, 2019
In our inaugural episode of “Tales from the Plan,” our own Sr. VP of Consulting, Jennifer McCormick, opens up and candidly discusses her own experience as a consumer of healthcare of healthcare and member of The Phia Group’s health plan. Jen is brutally honest, and will make you realize that anyone can be taken advantage of, and anyone can take advantage of, our nation’s healthcare system. This is mandatory listening.