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    The new hire suggests that Amazon is moving ahead with rumored plans to eliminate middlemen driving up health insurance and prescription drug cost. Reported by bizjournals 5 hours ago.

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    An association of Brazilian health insurance providers sued Stryker, a Michigan corporation that manufactures and distributes medical devices, alleging that Stryker's fraudulent and improper payments Reported by Mondaq 8 hours ago.

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    The new hire suggests that Amazon is moving ahead with rumored plans to eliminate middlemen driving up health insurance and prescription drug cost. Reported by bizjournals 3 hours ago.

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    When we were told our son had a potentially life-threatening brain tumor, our family was lucky to have world-class doctors and hospitals close to home and health insurance that covered nearly all his medical expenses and prescription drug costs. Reported by Reuters 2 hours ago.

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    The nationwide program gives agents the opportunity to join plans with savings up to 62.8% on healthcare for their businesses and families

    WARRENVILLE, Ill. (PRWEB) December 06, 2018

    IdilusHR, a national provider of employer human resource and benefit programs, announced today a partnership with Compass, a real estate technology company. Through the partnership, IdilusHR (https://www.idilus.com) has designed a program to provide Compass affiliated agents with access to a comprehensive health and ancillary benefit program. Over 7,000 Compass agents across 13 states.

    Since its founding in 1999, IdilusHR has been passionate about providing organizations, both small and large, with access to turnkey HR management technology solutions, Health and Ancillary Benefit programs and services along with HR Compliance Support.

    “The entire team here at IdilusHR is passionate about helping organizations invest in their teams while allowing leadership to focus on growing the business. The partnership with Compass exemplifies our mission.” - Michael Colucci, CEO and Founder of IdilusHR.

    Compass, founded in 2012, is committed to revolutionizing the real estate industry by reducing the friction associated with selling, buying, or renting a property through technology that gives agents a robust platform that increases efficiency and sales volume. Compass offers this resource to better allow agents to focus on their business and the welfare of their teams and their families.

    “When I speak to agents around the country, their number one concern is gaining access to fairly priced healthcare plans they can offer their families and their businesses,” said Robert Reffkin, founder and CEO of Compass. “It is personally important to me that we find a way to deliver the best quality of life for our agents. I believe it is wrong to prevent one of the largest groups of hard-working entrepreneurs the basic human right to care for themselves and their families.”

    Most real estate agents typically do not receive benefits through their brokerage. In fact, 14% of agents claimed they do not have health insurance, according to a study done by the National Association of Realtors, and 57% of those that have health insurance claim that their coverage is too expensive.

    This healthcare option will be available for enrollment in November 2018 to Compass affiliated agents in all states where Compass currently operates. Through this offering, Compass will provide through Idilus HR an employment arrangement that will allow access to benefits and the opportunity for its agents to experience significant cost savings when compared with similarly structured healthcare plans in the marketplace. IdilusHR has created this exclusive partnership with Compass to provide affiliated agents access to health benefits from one of the largest national provider network in the country. In addition to healthcare access, Compass agents will be able to access a comprehensive suite of Fortune 100 ancillary benefits including dental, vision 401K and many others. Also included in the program are payroll administration services, compliance and comprehensive HR services.

    About IdilusHR
    IdilusHR is a leading provider of employer Human Resource Technology, and Health and Benefit services throughout the United States. Through its comprehensive HRIS technology and unique knowledge of the health care provider market place, Idilus designs, creates and implements unique human resource, payroll, health and ancillary benefit platforms for companies across the country. Founded in 1999, the company is based in Chicago. https://www.idilus.com/

    About Compass
    Compass is a real estate technology company with a powerful end-to-end platform that supports the entire buying and selling workflow. They deliver an incomparable experience to both agents and their clients in service of the Compass mission: to help everyone find their place in the world. Founded in 2012 by Ori Allon and Robert Reffkin, Compass operates in cities across the United States including: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Philadelphia, San Diego, Washington D.C., Dallas, Austin, Atlanta, Boston, Miami, Aspen, Orange County, Westchester, Santa Barbara, Montecito, Marin, Greenwich, Naples, Tahoe, Telluride and The Hamptons. Learn more and find your place at compass.com/careers. Reported by PRWeb 2 hours ago.

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    Embrace uncovers Americans’ holiday habits involving pets.

    CLEVELAND (PRWEB) December 06, 2018

    Embrace Pet Insurance surveyed more than 6,950 dog and cat owners across the United States this holiday season to learn if, and how, pets are included in holiday traditions.

    The survey found that Americans don’t just give gifts to their human family members during the holidays, but to their dogs and cats as well, with 92% of pet owners purchasing gifts for their pets. The most popular gift? Toys. While treats came in a close second, 94% of gift-giving pet parents purchase a toy for their pet during the holidays. Turns out, presentation is also important to pet owners as 62% take the time to wrap their furry friend’s gifts, and 77% even have a stocking for their pet. So take note American retailers, with 73% of pet owners spending between $10-$50 on gifts and 5% spending $100 or more, pet parents are a key demographic at the holidays.

    These results demonstrate that now more than ever, pets are not just “pets,” rather members of the family. We travel with them (44% of those surveyed take their pet with them during holiday travel), include them in our holiday photos & cards (62% of those surveyed do), and they’re a part of our gift-giving traditions.

    As much as giving tangible gifts to our four-legged friends helps spread holiday cheer, the most invaluable gift that pet parents can give their dog or cat this holiday season can’t be found under the tree. For around the same cost per month as most pet parents are spending on toys and treats this holiday season, they can give their pet the ultimate gift that keeps on giving – a pet insurance policy to protect them from unexpected accidents and illnesses.

    “At Embrace, we consider pets members of the family. It’s fun to include them in holiday traditions, but it’s also important to keep them top-of-mind year-round. Pet insurance offers the gift of peace of mind so, when the unexpected happens, you don’t have to think twice about your vet’s recommended course of treatment,” said Ambrish Jaiswal, CEO at Embrace Pet Insurance.

    To get a free pet insurance quote today, visit http://www.EmbracePetInsurance.com.

    About Embrace Pet Insurance
    Embrace Pet Insurance is a top-rated pet health insurance provider for dogs and cats in the United States. Embrace offers one simple yet comprehensive accident and illness insurance plan that is underwritten by American Modern Insurance Group, Inc. In addition to insurance, Embrace offers Wellness Rewards, an optional preventative care product that is unique to the industry. Wellness Rewards reimburses for routine veterinary visits, grooming, vaccinations, training, and much more with no itemized limitations. Embrace is a proud member of the North American Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA) and continues to innovate and improve the pet insurance experience for pet parents across the country. For more information about Embrace Pet Insurance, visit http://www.embracepetinsurance.com or call (800) 511-9172 Reported by PRWeb 21 hours ago.

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    The partnership expands DATAMARK’s professional services within the healthcare industry

    EL PASO, Texas (PRWEB) December 07, 2018

    DATAMARK Incorporated, an El Paso-based global leader in Business Process Servicing (BPS) since 1989, has partnered with one of the most highly-recognized health insurance providers in the nation to provide document management and claims processing services. The partnership expands DATAMARK’s professional services within the healthcare industry. DATAMARK will provide claims processing services and document management services to the renowned health provider in both its on-shore and off-shore facilities.

    DATAMARK first started providing services to healthcare companies back in 1992 when the company began running full back-office services for a major healthcare corporation and the state of Pennsylvania processing medical claims. Since then, DATAMARK has partnered with some of the nation’s largest companies in the healthcare industry. DATAMARK has developed technology and methodologies to drive improvements into the Healthcare space. State of the art digital mailroom solutions, automated data capture solutions, and highly available storage and retrieval workflows are in use across our global footprint. DATAMARK focuses on the back office so our healthcare customers can focus on their core competencies.

    “Our new partnership with this healthcare company exemplifies DATAMARK’s growth in the continuously evolving healthcare space,” DATAMARK President Bill Randag said. “DATAMARK has been providing services to great healthcare companies from very early in the company’s history. We have continued to meet the demands of an ever-changing industry. We are excited to help them reduce their cost structure while improving their customer service.”

    About DATAMARK
    DATAMARK, Inc. is a leading business process outsourcing company specializing in high-volume digital mailroom management, document processing/document management, contact center services, and process improvement consulting for Fortune 500 companies and other large enterprises.
    Headquartered in El Paso, Texas, DATAMARK employs nearly 2,000 people in its U.S., Mexico and India facilities. For more information, visit http://www.datamark.net or contact us at info@datamark.net. Reported by PRWeb 9 hours ago.

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    [Alliance for Reproductive Health Rights] Over the festive season, our thoughts naturally turn to our families, and our plans for the New Year ahead. Reported by allAfrica.com 2 hours ago.

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    Jackson, Miss., Dec 7, 2018 / 10:57 am (CNA).- The federal investigation of a priest who allegedly fundraised more than $42,000 fraudulently, including through a GoFundMe campaign, has led Bishop Joseph Kopacz of Jackson, Mississippi to ask those who donated to document their giving for the diocese.

    “He has asked anyone who donated to Father Vargas directly to notify the chancery offices and provide any documentation they may have, as well as a narrative outlining the circumstances of the donation so the diocese can submit a claim to the insurance company,” diocesan spokeswoman Maureen Smith told CNA.

    “We will continue to work toward healing and restorative justice in Starkville and in the diocese,” she said.

    Questions about the financial activities of Father Lenin Vargas-Gutierrez, pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Starkville, led to federal agents raiding the parish and the chancery office of the Diocese of Jackson on Nov. 7.

    Agents with the Department of Homeland Security have been investigating accusations that the priest raised money by lying that he had cancer when in fact he was HIV positive and was sent to a sexual addiction facility for priests in Canada, the Mississippi Clarion Ledger reported in early November.

    Details come in an affidavit from Homeland Security Special Agent William Childers, filed Nov. 2 in U.S. District Court in Jackson.

    The affidavit said investigators have probable cause to believe that Vargas obtained money through means of false and fraudulent pretense, using wire communications. It charged that the Diocese of Jackson knew about the felony and concealed it by not making it immediately known.

    No criminal charges have yet been filed.

    Father Vargas, a Mexican native, was removed from ministry pending the outcome of the investigation. He was ordained a diocesan priest in 2006. His parish in Starkville, a city of about 25,000 people, also serves campus ministry at Mississippi State University.

    According to the affidavit, federal agents in August or September met with five confidential informants who had years of experience with the diocese to discuss allegations about Vargas.

    After the weekend raid, the diocese said in a statement that the parish and the diocese are cooperating in the investigation. It announced that Vargas would not engage in public ministry and had been removed from all pastoral and financial administration pending the outcome of the investigation.

    In April 2015, Vargas went to the Toronto-based Southdawn Institute, which treats priests with addiction or mental health issues, inducing sexual addiction. He told parishioners it was for cancer treatment. In April and May 2015, the church bulletin invited parishioners to write to the priest, at the address of the Southdawn Institute.

    During a September 2014 hospital visit, a doctor ordered an HIV test for the priest but he checked out without seeing his doctor. In July 2016, the priest’s medical records show, he told hospital authorities he had HIV.

    The GoFundMe project established on behalf of the priest claimed that Vargas faced high costs associated with his cancer treatment and had significant bills. A reported 57 people gave $9,210 to the GoFundMe funding project, which had a disclaimer saying the Jackson diocese was not responsible for the campaign.

    Several of the informants told federal agents that the diocese’s medical coverage is very good and that Vargas’ medical expenses were covered.

    Additionally, parishioners and others gave more than $33,000 to Vargas. He allegedly raised funds to support a chapel and orphanage in Mexico, but used the money for personal expenses instead.

    According to the affidavit, one informant said Bishop Kopacz was forwarded information that the priest had HIV, not cancer, in 2015. Two informants said they believe the diocese was aware of the diagnosis when he went to the Southdawn Institute. The affadavit alleges that the diocese supported Vargas’ cancer story in an email sent to diocesan priests in March 2015.

    Vargas “continued to raise money for his supposed cancer treatment” and the federal agent “believes the email was sent in order to perpetuate the cancer story, to hide Vargas’ HIV condition and protect the Diocese of Jackson from negative publicity,” said the affidavit.

    In October 2017, the affidavit said, concerned clergy told Bishop Kopacz and vicar general Kevin Slattery that Vargas was raising significant amounts of money for his reported cancer treatment and unverified charitable causes. They reported Vargas’ many trips to Mexico and money missing from parish accounts.

    “After receiving complaints, Bishop Joseph Kopacz ordered an internal accounting audit of the Starkville parish’s finances,” diocesan spokeswoman Maureen Smith said in a Nov. 12 statement.

    After diocesan staff finished the audit, the diocese placed fiscal constraints on Vargas’ spending and found that he was violating the diocese’s policy regarding solicitation of charitable donations. The diocese “demanded that he stop these activities and conduct no further charitable fundraising without first informing the diocese of these planned activities,” Smith said.

    While facts about the priest’s health are at issue, the diocese said federal privacy laws prevent them from stating anything.

    “Federal law, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, better known as HIPPA, prohibits our discussion of Father Vargas’ medical condition — not only when we first learned of it, but also throughout the time period mentioned in the affidavit,” Smith said. “In fact, HIPPA law continues to bind us today in that we can neither admit nor deny anything related to Rev. Vargas’ medical condition.”

    Fr. Jeffrey Waldrep, pastor of Annunciation in Columbus, was named parish administrator while Fr. Rusty Vincent was put in charge of all pastoral ministry at the parish and at its Corpus Christi mission.

    “We ask that you pray for everyone involved as we continue to work toward a resolution,” the diocese said Nov. 12.

    Bishop Kopacz hosted listening sessions at the parish and its mission, which turned contentious, the Clarion-Ledger reported. The previously rescheduled assignment of priests, including the priest now in charge of the parish’s pastoral ministry, has also become controversial.

    “Kopacz’s decision to reassign Father Rusty in the coming weeks only illustrates his lack of understanding or care with regard to the needs of our parish” parishioner Garett LaFleur said. "One of the few things that is providing my family with hope at this time is knowing that three of the confidential informants were priests. The assurance that there are still members of the clergy who are willing to stand up for and protect their parishioners when our bishop is not, is worth fighting for. In Father Rusty our parish has a priest with our best interest at heart and someone willing to protect us from deceit and cover-ups."

    While parishioners have voiced concern that parish reassignments of priests were decided based on the case, Smith said these decisions were separate.

    “I do think it is important to note: the bishop does not know who the confidential informants are. While the Clarion-Ledger story identifies Father Vincent as one, the story does not attribute the source for that statement,” Smith told CNA.

    “He was already on the list of priests up for reassignment prior to the investigation,” Smith added, saying reassigning priests requires “months of work on the part of the personnel board.”

    “All of the moves announced last weekend were part of a process that long predated the federal investigation.”

    One local pastor who said he was among the informants cited in the affidavit was not moved, Smith noted. Reported by CNA 23 hours ago.

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    Breaking Information Emails Get breaking information indicators and particular experiences. The scoop and tales that topic, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Dec. Eight, 2018 / 2:58 PM GMT By way of Elizabeth Chuck Raquel Cruz has numerous tension in her lifestyles. A unmarried mom of 3 daughters, she is the chief of a small well being … Reported by The News Articles 56 minutes ago.

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    'We want an affordable solution' Reported by Daily Caller 1 week ago.

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    A 'secret' patch shows the future of treating the most common food allergy, and two biotechs are competing to own the $3 billion market (AIMT, DBVT)· 2019 could be the year of the first treatments for kids with peanut allergies.
    · Two companies are competing for a market of around $3 billion. Both are seeking approval from US regulators to start selling their products.
    · The treatments aren't a cure, but do reduce the risk of a dangerous allergic reaction to peanuts.
    · Some parents say they prefer one product over the other, but it has a key drawback.

    Josh Mandelbaum, 13, has a secret.

    For five years, a small circular sticker on his back, around the size of a quarter, has contained the very thing that the New Jersey teen is allergic to: peanuts.  

    The patch is part of a growing trend that aims to use triggers like peanuts to help those with allergies. The aim is to desensitize them and act like a kind of guard rail against accidental exposure. 

    You might soon be able to get a prescription for these treatments. The patch and another first-of-its-kind peanut allergy pill could be approved by U.S. regulators as early as next year, and both have the potential to be blockbuster medications.  

    About 15 million people in the U.S. have food allergies to things like milk, eggs and wheat. Peanut allergies are the most common food allergy among kids, and have been on the rise over the last decade. The market for the treatments is huge, and eventually could reach around $3 billion in total sales, according to Stifel analyst Derek Archila. 

    Doctors currently have little to offer patients besides advising them to avoid what they’re allergic to and always carry an EpiPen or product like it to rescue them if they have a life-threatening allergic reaction. Moreover, those with peanut allergies are less likely to outgrow it than other food allergies, and it’s hard to predict how severe an allergic reaction might be.

    *A treatment, not a cure*

    The new approach has worked for Josh, his mother, Lianne Mandelbaum, who is also a food allergy advocate, told Business Insider. Josh first tried out the product, DBV Technologies’ Viaskin Peanut, as part of a clinical trial years ago.

    In the beginning, as part of a “food challenge” used in the trial, Josh had an allergic reaction after eating the equivalent of a fraction of a peanut, Lianne Mandelbaum said. Two-and-a-half years later, it took much more, about one and a half peanuts, to spur a reaction.

    While that may sound like a tiny change, it's made a huge difference in how Josh lives his life. He can now confidently go to school and sit in a cafeteria that serves peanut butter, for instance, his mother said.

    The patch isn’t a cure: Josh continues to avoid peanut products, for example, and has to be careful about accepting food that could be unsafe. But it's been empowering, she said, and given them peace of mind. 

    "I just don’t want him to die from eating the wrong cookies," she said. "We live in a human society. Humans make errors. That’s why you want a safety gap."

    Mandelbaum was so pleased with the results that she fought to let Josh keep using the patch after the trial ended, through an expanded access program. The only side effects he’s seen have been itchy red welts, which have eased over time.

    Josh would wear it for the rest of his life if he has to, she told Business Insider.

    **How it all came together**

    People with allergies are usually advised to keep away from what they’re allergic to.

    But controlled exposure, called immunotherapy, has also been part of allergists’ arsenal of tools for many years now, including through allergy shots for pollen, mold, dust and more.

    Physicians in private practice have also tried this with peanuts and other food allergies. In what’s called “oral immunotherapy treatment,” patients eat small amounts of peanut or another allergen, which increases over time.

    Though these have had success, they aren’t approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and may not be covered by health insurance. And, like other immunotherapy approaches, they have risks, including the chance of an allergic reaction.

    The search for a more standardized approach eventually led to the creation of Aimmune, which is developing AR101, a capsule of peanut protein that is mixed into food.

    When the company was first started, the big question was “how do you take a food, which is inherently variable and highly unpredictable, and make it into a medicine?” Dr. Daniel Adelman, Aimmune’s chief medical officer, explained.

    The company has done that by focusing on peanut protein, which is where the allergens in the nut are, and using that to re-educate the immune system, he said.

    *Seeking FDA approval*

    Dosing of AR101 starts at a very low level, or half a milligram of peanut protein, and then increases over about six months to 300 milligrams, or roughly the equivalent of one peanut kernel. Patients then continue on at that level as a maintenance dose.

    Aimmune aims to file with the FDA this month for approval to treat patients ages 4 to 17; a decision could arrive by early fall of 2019. DBV filed for FDA approval of Viaskin Peanut in October to treat patients ages 4 to 11, with a decision expected next year.

    The products could potentially reduce a life-threatening allergic reaction to a milder one, giving patients, their loved ones and their doctors an added layer of safety, Dr. Purvi Parikh, clinical assistant professor at NYU Langone and a board-certified allergist, told Business Insider.

    If they are found to be safe and effective, they could dramatically change patients’ quality of life, Parikh said, reducing an untold amount of anxiety and stress for them and their families.

    But which company could end up leading the space is more unclear. A group of doctors polled by Stifel's Archila slightly favored DBV’s product, he said, though the analyst also noted that there has been controversy over DBV’s clinical trial data.

    Some parents of children with allergies told Business Insider that DBV’s patch seemed safer to them, because it doesn’t require actually eating an allergen. The company also touts this as a potential benefit on its website, saying that its approach “offers a potentially strong safety profile because of how it works via the skin.”

    *Read more:* An experimental treatment for peanut allergies just succeeded in a key trial

    Tamara Hubbard, a licensed counselor whose nine-year-old son is taking part in an ongoing trial for the patch, called the product “life-changing.” She was initially drawn to it over other options because the process was slower and avoided gastrointestinal side effects, Hubbard said.

    *A giant question mark*

    On the other hand, those on the patch likely won’t know exactly how much allergen they can tolerate, because — absent completing a “food challenge” — they wouldn’t be eating it.

    Which product a family chooses will likely thus depend on their own preferences, Hubbard, who specializes in food allergy counseling, among other things, said.

    Aimmune’s Adelman also emphasized the latter perspective in an interview with Business Insider.

    “I think that the biggest danger to a child who is peanut allergic is going out into the world and thinking they are protected if they’re not,” he said.

    Pricing — another giant question mark hovering overhead — could also be an important factor. The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review, a nonprofit that evaluates drug prices and, is still reviewing the products and plans to release reports on them in the first half of next year. 

    The companies haven't said how much the drugs will cost.

    Parents, meanwhile, said that they hope everyone who wants these products can get them.

    “Everybody who has food allergies deserves to have access to lifesaving treatment,” food allergy advocate Mandelbaum said. “It should be available to everybody.”

    Join the conversation about this story »

    NOW WATCH: This 13-year-old scientist invented a safer way to treat pancreatic cancer, and he hasn't even started high school yet Reported by Business Insider 21 hours ago.

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    A Kenyan court on Monday charged senior officials from the state-run oil pipeline and others from the state health insurance fund for abuse of office and economic crimes that led to the loss of billions of shillings from the two institutions. Reported by Reuters 20 minutes ago.

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    Key certifications make it easier for customers to achieve their own compliance.

    LENEXA, Kan. (PRWEB) December 10, 2018

    Cavern Technologies, a 160,000-square-foot data center in Lenexa, Kansas, has received important compliance certifications, ensuring that their customers remain compliant with their industries’ regulations.

    Cavern demonstrated full compliance with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard Requirements and Security Assessment Procedures (PCI DSS) and now holds PCI DSS 3.2 certification. This confirms that customers using Cavern’s co-location services meet industry requirements to protect customer card data. Such compliance is invaluable to retail companies and the vendors with which they do business.

    Cavern also secured Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance, demonstrating the highest standards in risk assessment, security measures and training. This certification assures customers that co-locating with Cavern keeps patients’ electronic health information safe.

    “Meeting and exceeding industry compliance requirements is a top priority for Cavern Technologies,” said John Clune, CEO of Cavern. “We want our customers to know that working with us means they are compliant and their data is always secure.”

    About Cavern Technologies, Inc.
    Cavern Technologies, Inc. is a leading provider in the development, leasing and operation of build-to-suit wholesale data centers in the Kansas City region. Located 125-feet underground in a 3-million-square-foot facility, Cavern’s environmentally regulated, secure infrastructure is SSAE 18 SOC 1 Type II and SOC 2 Type II certified. Cavern is designed to meet the specialized power, cooling and security requirements companies need to house IT systems that support their mission-critical business processes. Cavern provides tenants with unique business solutions and a value proposition focused on minimizing the total cost of ownership of data center and colocation infrastructure. https://www.CavernTechnologies.com Reported by PRWeb 6 hours ago.

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    Fuse Networks LLC is pleased to announce that it has chosen Compliancy Group to help satisfy HIPAA compliance.

    SEATTLE (PRWEB) December 10, 2018

    Fuse Networks LLC is pleased to announce that it chosen Compliancy Group to help meet the federally regulated standards of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

    Fuse Networks has been providing professional IT Support for businesses in and around the Pacific Northwest since 2009. They strive to give their clients enterprise-level services and solutions at prices that work for small businesses.

    Time and experience have enabled Fuse Networks to build a proactive approach that aligns technology, people, and process to deliver on their promise to their clients. Through that approach, Fuse Networks creates a competitive advantage for their clients, allowing them to focus on their business and not their technology.

    HIPAA is made up of a set of regulatory standards governing the security, privacy, and integrity of sensitive health care data, called protected health information (PHI). PHI is any demographic health care-related information that can be used to identify a patient. If vendors who service health care clients come into contact with PHI in any way, those vendors must be HIPAA compliant.

    Fuse Networks has begun implementing a full compliance program, adhering to the necessary regulatory standards outlined in the HIPAA Privacy Rule, HIPAA Security Rule, HIPAA Breach Notification Rule, HIPAA Omnibus Rule, PCI, and HITECH. Upon completion, the standards will be heavily vetted against the letter of the law and will meet federal NIST requirements.

    "We are excited about our partnership with Compliancy Group. Their web-based application, the Guard, provides our clients with the necessary tools to manage their HIPAA compliance," said Travis Thom, CEO of Fuse Networks LLC. "Through Compliancy Group's six stage process, we are able to validate IT Security policies and procedures are enforced so their patient records stay protected."

    To find out more about Fuse Networks LLC, visit:
    http://www.fusenetworks.com
    http://www.fusenetworks.com/blog

    About Compliancy Group:
    Compliancy Group simplifies HIPAA compliance so that health care professionals can confidently run their practice. The Guard™ is our simple, cost-effective, web-based solution. Users are guided by our team of expert Compliance Coaches™ to Achieve, Illustrate, and Maintain™ total HIPAA compliance. Visit https://www.compliancy-group.com or call 855.854.4722 to learn how simple compliance can be.

    About Fuse Networks LLC:
    At Fuse Networks we become an extension of your business; responding to issues quickly, often before you even know about them. Covering everything from your servers and network infrastructure, to your workstations, applications and cloud services; we provide proactive end-to-end solutions for all your technology needs. Reported by PRWeb 4 hours ago.

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    SEATTLE, Dec. 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Regence BlueShield of Washington is pleased to welcome Jae M. Suzuki as Director of Sales, effective December 12. In his new role, Suzuki will be responsible for driving new business development opportunities and retention while leading the Regence Sales team in service to its members and business partners.

    Suzuki comes to Regence from Premera Blue Cross, where he served most recently as Director of Sales and Underwriting for the state of Washington. In his more than 16-year career, Suzuki has held leadership positions in sales, underwriting and marketing, as well as leading strategy and direction of both middle and large market segments. 

    “We’re thrilled to announce Jae’s addition to the Regence team,” said Tim Lieb, president of Regence BlueShield. “Washington continues to lead the nation in growth and innovation, and employers in our thriving region are increasingly seeking a trusted partner to help them attract and retain top talent. With Jae’s extensive experience and consumer-focused mindset, I’m confident that he will successfully lead us in pursuing new partnerships and delivering innovative solutions for our members.” 

    Suzuki was raised by a business owner and a teacher, and he continues to apply elements of both perspectives to his work. “I’ve always approached every stage of my career in terms of serving my customers, learning from them, and passing these lessons along through mentoring my team,” he says. “Joining Regence is a natural step forward for me, and I’m eager to build on the company’s century of experience serving our members by helping us deliver the next generation of health care for Washingtonians.”

    A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Suzuki has spent the past sixteen years in Seattle establishing strong roots in the local community. He has volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Snohomish County since 2002, and is currently on his second round of mentoring a child to adulthood. Suzuki holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota-Carlson School of Management. Founded in 1917, Regence and its affiliated companies employ more than 2,200 people and drive more than $375 million in economic activity throughout Washington, according to ECONorthwest. In addition, Regence contributed $3.2 million to its communities in 2017.

    *About Regence BlueShield of Washington*
    Regence BlueShield has been serving Washingtonians in select counties for over a century and now provides nearly 1.1 million members with comprehensive health insurance solutions. As a nonprofit independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Regence is part of a family of companies dedicated to transforming health care by delivering innovative products and services that change the way consumers nationwide experience health care. For more information, please visit regence.com, facebook.com/regenceblueshieldwa or twitter.com/regencewa.*Attachment*

    · Jae Suzuki WA Director Sales

    CONTACT: Jared Ishkanian
    Regence BlueShield
    (503) 525-6554
    jared.ishkanian@regence.com Reported by GlobeNewswire 4 hours ago.

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    Former President Barack Obama is still very much committed to making the Affordable Care Act (also known as ObamaCare) a functional and affordable resource for Americans who need health insurance. On Monday, Obama released a short video clip reminding viewers that the deadline to sign up for 2019 insurance coverage is Friday, December 15th, and he […] Reported by Mediaite 3 hours ago.

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    Parkview Dental Partners has been formed by BayView Dental Associates and Parkstone Growth Partners to provide dental growth and management services to leading dentists along Florida's Gulf Coast, from Tampa/St. Pete to Sarasota/Bradenton to Venice, and beyond. Parkview is actively seeking likeminded dentists to join the partnership.

    SARASOTA, Fla. (PRWEB) December 10, 2018

    Parkstone Growth Partners (“Parkstone”) and BayView Dental Associates (“BayView Dental”) are pleased to announce the formation of Parkview Dental Partners (“Parkview Dental”), a dentist-founded dental growth and management partnership. Parkview Dental will be led by CEO, Dr. Kenneth Liszewski, founder of BayView Dental, a group dental practice comprised of 16 dentists and hygienists across eight offices who provide general, specialty, and cosmetic dentistry services to patients of all ages.

    Parkview’s mission is to support dentists in providing clinically excellent oral care and a great patient experience, while lifting the daily burdens of practicing such as human resource management, billing & collections, insurance relations, marketing, accounting and other administration.

    “For over 32 years, it has been our mission at BayView Dental to provide the very best dental care, a great patient experience, and a warm and collegial team environment,” said Dr. Liszewski. He continued, “I brought on Parkstone, a healthcare business-building partner, to help establish Parkview Dental because of their experience in supporting other practices and businesses, but more importantly because they share our values and focus on clinical excellence, patient experience, and employee satisfaction.”

    Will Schlotthauer, former Chief Operating Officer of MGA Insurance, and Partner at Parkstone, will serve as Chief Strategy Officer at Parkview Dental responsible for strategic direction, growth, and practice acquisitions and affiliations. “We are thrilled to partner with Dr. Liszewski and the talented dentists, hygienists, and team at BayView Dental. Our alignment of values and vision provide a great foundation for growth. We look forward to supporting a growing family of dentists, hygienists, and team members as we expand our offices and services across Florida’s Gulf Coast.”

    The operating team at Parkview Dental will be led by veteran dental care executive Lisa Woodman, Vice President of Operations. Under Ms. Woodman’s leadership, Parkview Dental will expand its administrative, IT, insurance relations, and patient acquisition support to affiliated dentists and hygienists at a growing number of offices. Dylan Kindler of Parkstone will support Dr. Liszewski, Ms. Woodman and Mr. Schlotthauer as Chief Financial Officer.

    Lou Marinaccio, Managing Partner at Parkstone, added that, “Parkstone is proud to join Dr. Liszewski and the Parkview Dental team in building a new and different kind of dental platform. As a dental growth and management partnership, Parkview will always prioritize clinical excellence, doctor autonomy, and patient experience, while providing exceptional support for our teams to do what they do best: provide great care.”

    Dr. Liszewski concluded, “We look forward to welcoming many new dentists and offices to the Parkview Dental family as we expand to serve our Gulf Coast community. We are confident that our services and partnership will give our dentists, teams, and patients more to SMILE about!”

    About BayView Dental Associates
    For over 32 years, Dr. Kenneth Liszewski and the team at BayView have provided exceptional dental care and a welcoming patient experience for families throughout Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice, and St. Petersburg Florida. BayView’s over 16 dentists and hygienists provide comprehensive dental care with general, specialty, and cosmetic dentistry services to patients of all ages. BayView offers high quality, affordable treatment and a warm and welcoming experience that is a leader in its markets. For more information, please visit http://www.bayviewdental.com.

    About Parkview Dental Partners
    Parkview Dental Partners is a dentist-founded, dental growth and management partnership formed in September 2018 through an affiliation with BayView Dental Associates. Based in Sarasota, Florida, Parkview Dental’s mission is to support leading dentists in providing clinically excellent oral care and a great patient experience by lifting the daily burdens of practicing such as human resource management, billing & collections, insurance relations, marketing, accounting and other administration. Parkview Dental is actively seeking affiliations with likeminded dentists throughout the Gulf Coast of Florida, offering strong practice support, a collaborative team environment, and a path to partnership for qualified dentists. For more information, please visit http://www.parkviewdp.com.

    About Parkstone Growth Partners
    Parkstone Growth Partners (“Parkstone”) is a business-building investment partner focused on providing operating resources and capital to entrepreneurial practices and companies across Healthcare, Insurance, and Healthy Living markets. Parkstone is led by an integrated team of proven senior executives from across our sectors, with a mission to deliver a measurably positive impact on our partner companies. Unlike traditional private equity, we believe that by prioritizing clinical and service excellence, client and patient experience, and values over financial measures, our partner companies will realize their full potential. Current partnerships include Parkview Dental Partners (oral care), AIA Direct (health insurance), and Turnbridge (behavioral health). Our leadership team has been part of the growth of such market leaders as: MGA Insurance Group, Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery, Independence Village, Yale Behavioral Health, Johns Hopkins Medical, Warby Parker, Atkins, Naked Juice, and more. For more information, please visit http://www.parkstonegp.com.

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