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Google signs healthcare data and cloud computing deal with Ascension
Paresh Dave / Reuters

Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google has signed its biggest cloud computing customer in healthcare to date, in a deal giving it access to datasets that could help it tune potentially lucrative artificial intelligence (AI) tools.

Google and Ascension, which operates 150 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities across the United States, said the healthcare provider would move some data and analytics tools in its facilities to Google’s servers.

The deal was mentioned in Google's July earnings call, but drew scrutiny on Monday after the Wall Street Journal reported on.wsj.com/2q3WCer that Google would gain personal health-related information of millions of Americans across 21 states.

Smart Benefits: As the Future of Work Changes, Education Benefits Are Key
Rob Calise / GOLOCAL PROV Business

Despite low unemployment, workers understand that change is coming: nearly 90% believe automation will impact their industry and transform jobs according to the Worker Life Index. To keep pace, education benefits are becoming even more important. Without them, many employees would be unable to pursue training and development opportunities that can prepare them for what lies ahead.

To stay agile, employees are increasingly looking to their employers to help. And by offering these types of benefits, you’ll likely be rewarded as well with increased productivity, satisfaction, and loyalty. With the role and value of education in the workplace taking on greater importance, here are three benefits to consider:
Tuition Reimbursement:
Student Loan Repayment:

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Working mom’s child care needs lead to new benefits company
By Amanda Schiavo / Employee Benefit Adviser

Balancing professional and family life is a major challenge for employees. For parents getting back into the workforce, finding the right child care options can be a daunting task — especially since employer-offered benefits tailored to this need are still rare.

As more Honeybook employees began to have children, Sigala saw a growing need for acknowledging the challenges of new parenthood.

At Honeybook, paid family leave was the first step, followed by postpartum care, but as they went down their new parent checklist, it became clear that the one issue continuing to go unaddressed was child care.

NY Healthcare Network Pays $12.3 Mill. To Settle Claims Alleging False Medicare Billing; Case Relates To Prominent Urologist

As a result of a lawsuit brought under the Federal False Claims Act by three whistleblowers, one of the New York area's largest healthcare providers – Northwell Health, Inc. whose subsidiary includes Lenox Hill Hospital -- has agreed to pay $12.3 million to resolve claims that it engaged in false or fraudulent billing to the Federal Medicare system.

Northwell operates 23 hospitals and 700 outpatient centers.

An Obamacare assistance group got $200,000 in federal funds — and signed up just one person
Posted by SDD Contributor / Stock Daily dish

A group that is supposed to help Native Americans sign up for Affordable Care Act coverage in South Dakota — and managed to sign up just one person in an Obamacare plan, the Trump administration said Wednesday.

The group, the , had better luck in North Dakota — where it assisted 67 people in shopping for and enrolling in an Obamacare plan that went into effect in 2017.

But in that state, the board received another $154,000 in federal cash for its efforts.

That works out to nearly $2,300 per enrollee in North Dakota.

In both Dakotas, the group‘s work cost taxpayers $5,200 per enrollee, according to data from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Aided by tech, opportunities abound in the retirement plan market
By Aaron Schumm / Investment News

Having split my career across wealth management and retirement, I've been uniquely positioned to see how technology is opening up doors across the industry, especially for wealth-focused managers, to enter the retirement plan advice business. Here's the opportunity technology brings.

About 98% of companies have less than $50M in retirement plan assets, and 92% of them want or have a financial adviser. Additionally, there are tens of millions of American workers who don't have access to a 401(k) at all. As a result, traditional retirement plan providers are now open to expanding "down market" despite historically avoiding this segment.


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Friday - 11-08-19 - - America’s Largest Health Insurer Is Giving Apartments to Homeless People

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