The Source: Weekly Roundup – December 3rd, 2018

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“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs, co-founder and former CEO of Apple

 

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In this week’s edition, we touch on the highly anticipated CVS-Aetna merger, the IRS extension of the ACA deadline for 1095-C forms, tech trends for 2019 and much more! Click To Tweet

CVS-Aetna Merger Closes This Week

Big news in big pharma this week: the highly publicized CVS-Aetna merger is finally complete. The acquisition means a few things for health care consumers. First, Aetna’s medical information and analytics will become fully integrated with CVS health data for a brand new model of care delivery. And, in the coming months, CVS will introduce new health programs to target more efficient management of common health care issues using networks, technology and teams from both organizations. You can read more about the merger in this Healthcare Finance article and hear what benefits insiders think in this Employee Benefits News recap.  

Update: A Washington federal judge excoriated a U.S. Justice Department lawyer Thursday for keeping him “in the dark” about the consummation of CVS Health’s $69 billion acquisition of Aetna Inc. and urged the companies to wait for a final judgment on the deal before integrating their operations. Could the deal unwind? Read more on BenefitsPRO.

IRS Extends 1095-C Deadline For 2019

Did you hear the news? The IRS announced today an extension of the deadline for submitting 1095-C forms. The new deadline is March 4, 2019, pushed back from the initial deadline of January 31, 2019. Get the scoop on ACA 2019 deadlines and changes in our PlanSource ACA FAQ blog.

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How Top Employers Are Controlling Health Care Costs

As the current economic expansion enters its ninth year, employers are increasingly focused on attracting and retaining employees, making health care benefits an important component of the employee value proposition. How can your organization recruit and retain top talent while also being cognizant of the bottom line? See how top employers are controlling costs in this year’s Willis Towers Watson report.

5 Trends To Expect For AI In 2019

Artificial intelligence is a hot topic in health care going into 2019 as technology evolves to unleash new opportunities. Forrester Research has released its top predictions for artificial intelligence in 2019, in the report “Predictions 2019: Artificial Intelligence No Pain, No Gain With Enterprise AI.” More sophisticated data analysis, humanization and more! Check out what’s in store for health care with this Employee Benefit News recap.

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Amazon’s Latest Venture: Mining Your Health Care Data

Amazon is seeking another potentially profitable way to get into the health care business. The online retail giant is trying to offer health care providers a way to more quickly and precisely analyze patient records in data to improve care and reduce costs. See how Amazon is planning to disrupt health care analytics in this BenefitsPRO report.

What’s In Store For Voluntary Benefits In 2019

Themes around cost-saving strategies concerning healthcare premiums will continue to resonate — but what else will happen in the upcoming year? Voluntary benefits will continue to hold the key for many benefits managers looking to lower costs and maintain value for employees by providing flexibility to a diverse workforce. See what’s in store for voluntary in this Employee Benefit News summary.

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