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FICPA Holds Health Care Industry Conference in Orlando Print E-mail
Written by Florida Institute of CPAs   
Saturday, 22 April 2017 00:00

Health care is a profession under constant change, especially under a new administration. New rules and regulations are introduced with regularity. What can you do to keep pace with this ever-evolving industry? Attendees of the 2017 FICPA Health Care Industry Conference addressed these issues and more. The event was held at the Caribe Royale in Orlando April 20 and 21.

The program featured a morning Keynote Address entitled Information Security: Threats, Attack Vectors and Solutions, led by Robert E. Anderson Jr., Managing Director of Navigant Consulting, Inc. Breakout topics included Physician Independence in an Environment of Growing Complexity, New Revenue Opportunities, Learning From the Past: Regulatory and Transactional Lessons Learned in Healthcare Deals and Building a Personal Brand in Health Care. There was also a Luncheon Presentation focused on the Post Election World for the Health Care Industry, an afternoon Keynote Address called Value as a Driver of Provider Payment and an Expert Panel discussing The Impact of the Presidential Election on Strategy and Alternative Payment Systems.

Sponsors included:
  • South Florida Hospital News & Healthcare Report
  • American Express
  • Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC
  • PNC Health Care
  • FHIcommunications
  • Gregory, Sharer & Stuart, CPAs
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Ernst and Young, LLP
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • Healthcare Financial Management Association - Florida Chapter
  • Memorial Healthcare System
  • Moore Stephens Lovelace CPAs & Advisors
  • Navigant Consulting, Inc.
  • Pinnacle Healthcare Consulting
  • Vaco
  • Winthrop Resources
The FICPA has unique conference sponsorship opportunities available that can help increase visibility and exposure of services and products. Conference sponsorship options include table-top exhibits and exclusive sponsorship of lunch, breakfast and/or breaks.

For more information on how to become a sponsor for a future conference, please contact the FICPA at (800) 342-3197, (850) 224-2727 or

Last Updated on Monday, 24 April 2017 10:43
Grasping for the Middle Ground on Obamacare Print E-mail
Written by Emily Bazar | KHN   
Thursday, 20 April 2017 00:00

Joel Hay, a professor at the University of Southern California, describes his political views as "conservative, free market." But in a counterintuitive twist, his proposal to fix the Affordable Care Act would expand the largest source of public health coverage in the country: Medicaid.

Hay, who specializes in health policy and economics, envisions an Obamacare replacement plan that would scrap health insurance exchanges such as Covered California, which sell subsidized private market plans.

Instead, he would allow people under the age of 65 to buy into Medicaid, called Medi-Cal in California. Their premiums would be based on family income and a surcharge would be assessed on those who are uninsured at the time they apply. That would be intended as an incentive to keep them from buying insurance only when they're sick. People could acquire coverage regardless of preexisting conditions.

Under Obamacare, 31 states and the District of Columbia expanded Medicaid, the federal-state health care program for people with low incomes. In doing so, they added more than 11 million people to the rolls, including about 3.7 million in California.

Hay believes the Medicaid expansion was the most successful part of the ACA and contends that the health insurance exchanges have struggled to provide affordable plans with adequate networks in many states.

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Medscape Physician Compensation Report 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Medscape   
Monday, 10 April 2017 00:00

More than 19,200 physicians in more than 27 specialties responded to this year's Medscape compensation survey.

Use this report to access not only salary information, but also important factors affecting income, such as hours worked, time spent with patients, etc.

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6 Changes The Trump Administration Can Still Make To Obamacare Print E-mail
Written by Danielle Kurtzleben | NPR   
Thursday, 30 March 2017 00:00
After seven years of trying, Republicans failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act last week.

That doesn't mean the health care drama is over, though. House <of Representatives> Speaker Paul Ryan this week told donors that the party is "going to keep getting at this thing," according to The Washington Post.

But whatever Ryan and his colleagues manage to do, plenty could still change in the Affordable Care Act. Last week's failed bill, after all, was only one part of the GOP's plan.

The second part - making changes to regulations and howObamacare is administered - doesn't even requireCongress' help. And those changes could make or break the health law.

"There are things the Trump administration might do that could prop up the markets, and there are things they might do that could help the markets explode, if that's what they want to happen," says Cynthia Cox, who studies Obamacare's effects on private insurance at the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Here are a few possible changes.

Last Updated on Friday, 31 March 2017 18:27
House Cancels AHCA Vote Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 27 March 2017 17:26
Ben Mathis-Lilley reporting for Slate on 3/24/17:

A day after Donald Trump demanded that Republican House leaders hold a Friday vote on the flailing American Health Care Act (AHCA) Obamacare replacement bill-and hours after he reportedly repeated his demand in a meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan-the AHCA has been pulled from consideration and will not be voted on.

According to a CNN opinion piece, by  Dean Obeidallah, published this morning:

Donald Trump may just have achieved another first -- but this isn't one he will like. He may be on the verge of becoming the first president to be considered a "lame duck" within the first two months of his presidency.

Even Fox News admitted the result was a major setback for Republicans, labeling Trump's compromise healthcare bill Mission Impossible

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 April 2017 17:10
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