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Senate Health Care Bill Made Public - Key Points & Concerns

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 23, 2017 10:00:00 AM / by Greg Goode posted in Insurance, Industry Shifts, Current Events

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3 Ways Electronic VOB & Eligibility Saves Money & Time By Finding The Right Fit

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 20, 2017 4:02:51 PM / by Greg Goode posted in Claims Management, Dashboard Driven Decisions

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Live Webinar Tomorrow: 7 Things Your Back Office Should Be Doing

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 13, 2017 10:04:29 AM / by Greg Goode

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EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: Whitney Bruce

[fa icon="calendar'] May 31, 2017 10:03:05 AM / by Greg Goode posted in Employee Spotlight, Avea Culture, Avea Team

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What are you most passionate about professionally? Personally? 

Professionally, I'm passionate about learning. The nice thing about this industry is that it's constantly changing, so I'm constantly learning. That being said, my real passions in life are pizza, tacos, and Pokemon. 


What would you do even if you didn’t get paid to do it?

If I could do anything at all, regardless of pay, I would become a professional hot dog eater. You get to eat all the hot dogs you want without any of the guilt. 

 

What are you surprisingly good at (work or personal)?

I have a knack for finding really cool, completely useless items. In the market for a new back scratcher? How about one in the shape of a bear claw? Need a new salad bowl? Why not one that can transform vegetables into a salad in 60 seconds? Shrimp pillow? Check. Pizza blanket? Got that too. The highlight of the collection though has to be the book featuring cats in wigs. Does it get much better than that?

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AveaCares: Fostering Tech Equity With PDXWIT

[fa icon="calendar'] May 26, 2017 9:44:59 AM / by Greg Goode posted in Avea Culture, Avea Team, Avea Cares

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New White House Budget Retains Majority of Opioid Epidemic Aid Funding

[fa icon="calendar'] May 23, 2017 1:50:21 PM / by Greg Goode posted in Insurance, Industry Shifts

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The Trump administration released its proposed 2018 budget today, which rolled back potential budget cuts to the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) amid concerns from both parties regarding the effects a reduction could have on the nation's opioid crisis.

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EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: Morgan Deters

[fa icon="calendar'] May 15, 2017 2:58:46 PM / by Greg Goode posted in Employee Spotlight, Avea Culture, Avea Team

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While Avea Solutions is no longer a billing company, we still maintain a core team to both assist some of our older clients and to stay on top of industry trends. Morgan is an incredibly valuable member of this R & D team. Take it away, Morgan!

 

What are you most passionate about professionally? Personally? 

I am personally passionate about making a positive impact on the community at large and I try to do this by keeping up with current events and involving myself in groups that share the same hobbies. Working at Avea has allowed me to make an impact on the addiction recovery and behavioral health communities by essentially making treatment more accessible for the average person. I have also started impacting the Avea community by getting involved in company culture and helping organize our social events.


What would you do even if you didn’t get paid to do it?

Even though I’ve never considered myself very good at crafts or decorating, I have taken it upon myself to be the point person on decorating the office for specific seasons and holidays. Seeing things hanging from the ceiling or on the walls gets me excited and gives me a sense of accomplishment that I’m making this office a more positive place.

 

What are you surprisingly good at (work or personal)?

I am a social dancer, so I’m good at a lot of partner dances, or at the very least, very good at learning them. My favorites are probably blues, swing and waltz, but I love being able to fuse everything together.

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Congratulations Stanley!

[fa icon="calendar'] May 12, 2017 1:53:54 PM / by Greg Goode posted in Avea Culture, Avea Team

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The entire Avea family congratulates Stanley Rokaw on his graduation from Northeastern University with a degree in Health Care Management!

In addition to his various duties as analytics development officer, Stanley worked tirelessly nights and weekends taking online classes, participating in discussion boards, and writing term papers to complete his degree.

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How The AHCA Could Impact Behavioral Health

[fa icon="calendar'] May 5, 2017 1:21:51 PM / by Greg Goode posted in Insurance, Industry Shifts

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Yesterday, the Republican-backed health care bill that aims to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed through the House of Representatives by a narrow margin of 217-213, setting the stage for consideration in the Senate.

Known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA), this bill could have a significant impact within the mental health and addiction recovery treatment industries if passed.

Key Points of the American Health Care Act:

  • The AHCA would move Medicaid funding to a capped payment system, providing states with a set dollar amount for beneficiaries.
  • The bill would do away with ACA-mandated tax penalties on individuals who choose not to buy coverage
  • $130 billion would be devoted to high-risk pools, with the goal of aiding those with serious illnesses to pay high premiums.
  • It would grant states the ability to sign a waiver to opt out of essential health benefits
  • The bill would retain the ability for individuals to remain on family policies until the age of 26, enacted by the ACA.

Some industry figures believe the bill will have a difficult time making it past the next hurdle. In a Behavioral Healthcare Magazine report, Julius Hobson, former head of Congressional relations for the American Medical Association, said, “the reality is the bill that passed the House has no chance of becoming law because the Senate has made it clear it will not pass that bill as is. They will make substantial changes.”

There is also concern that the ACA repeal, coupled with a AHCA bill provision that allows insurance companies in certain states to disallow mental health and substance abuse, could disrupt critical addiction coverage in the midst of the nation's opioid epidemic.

We will continue reporting on industry developments related to the American Health Care Act as information becomes available.

 

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EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: Brittany Dawson

[fa icon="calendar'] May 3, 2017 8:20:24 AM / by Greg Goode posted in Employee Spotlight, Avea Culture, Avea Team

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What are you most passionate about professionally? Personally? 

I want to learn everything I can as quickly as possible so our processes are more seamless and direct, and allow the great minds in our office to focus on higher level things and client needs. Personally, I'm obsessed with trying to understand how everything works.


What would you do even if you didn’t get paid to do it?

Medical mission and disaster relief work around the country/world.

 

What are you surprisingly good at, personally and professionally?

An affinity for identifying a vast amount of song titles and artists in a few notes and knowing obscure, extremely invaluable references.

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