Accounting/Economics

A Checklist for MACRA

Last year, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) eliminated Medicare’s SGR formula and required Medicare, beginning in 2019, to provide value-based reimbursement to physicians. MACRA represents a big step away from traditional Medicare fee-for-service. (In the meantime, the...


Avoiding Hidden Risks

Ever since the first seemingly savvy saver stashed cash underneath a mattress, investors have turned toward safe harbors to help protect their hard-earned dollars. But despite a generally held belief, fixed-income investments and other finance fortresses aren’t fool proof in today’s turbulent market. There are hidden risks in seemingly sturdy spots — even holding cash — that could threaten the ongoing maintenance of your current standard of living.


2016 Overtime Final Rule – What Changes Should You Consider in Wages and Benefits?

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) new overtime rules are scheduled to go into effect on December 1, 2016. The new rule updates the regulations for determining whether “white collar” salaried employees are exempt from the FLSA minimum wage and overtime pay protections.


Potential Changes For Retirement Plan Investment Fiduciaries

For all employers that sponsor retirement plans, make sure you continue to stay current on potential changes with respect to who may be considered fiduciaries of your plan. After more than five years of debate as to the direction of the meaning of an investment advice “fiduciary” under Section 3(21) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), the United States Department of Labor (DOL) is moving ahead with its attempt to broaden its scope by redefining the current five-part test.


Dividend-paying Stocks: A Staple for Your Portfolio

No matter your age or your approach to investing, there is one kind of investment that may be considered for your portfolio: dividend-paying stocks. While hardly the sexiest of investment choices, dividend-paying stocks may offer a difficult-to-beat combination — good quality and a history of typically lower volatility than the overall market. Wren cites an impressive number in this regard. During the past 80 years, about half of the market’s growth, as measured by the S&P 500, has come from dividend-paying stocks.


Talking to Adult Children About Money Struggles

Young adults from all economic backgrounds have been living with the realities of a challenging economy, limited job offers and increased living expenses.


Sunlight on Healthcare Fundraising

Physician engagement with a hospital’s philanthropic actions is an essential tool for ensuring continued quality care for their patients and improving hospital facilities and services. And although many physicians may feel removed from the philanthropic arm of their hospitals or healthcare organizations, this does not have to be the case.


Manage Your Portfolio to Help Control Your Tax Bill

Investors need to consider many factors when choosing investments. One at the top of list is an investment’s tax cost. 


Income Strategies for Retirement

Will I have enough money in retirement? It’s a question more and more Americans are asking.