Patients Believe In Easy, Free Healthcare Interoperability According To Surveys

As the benefits of interoperability are becoming clearer, questions around costs and fees of reaching those benefits are being raised. Recent surveys by ORC International and PriceWaterhouseCoopers address this and other issues around the interoperability question.

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    IRS Opens Comment Period For “Cadillac Tax” On Healthcare Coverage

    The IRS has issued Notice 2015-16, in which it announced that it has opened a comment period from employers regarding the scope of regulations it plans to propose regarding the 40 percent excise tax on high-cost group health plans, dubbed the “Cadillac Tax.” The excise tax could have a potentially significant impact on healthcare providers and insurers as well.

  • The Unknown Future Of The Retail Reseller Channel
    The Unknown Future Of The Retail Reseller Channel

    Yesterday I participated in a couple hours of planning for our upcoming (May 12-13) Retail IT VAR of the Future event in Las Vegas. Even though the event is just two days away from the office in an easy-to-reach city and economically priced, we recognized early on that we’d have to offer something special to get people to take time away from their businesses and attend. Therefore, when we set out to create this event, we weren’t looking to host another typical show. We set out with uniqueness and greatness in mind. After this latest meeting, I’m reminded of those initial goals and feel confident in what we’ve created for you.

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This year’s attendance at EuroCIS broke previous records by attracting nearly 9,000 visitors from more than 60 countries. APG Cash Drawer was among the 318 exhibitors at the show, where we had the opportunity to demo products designed specifically for the European market and promote the Thin-bility concept.

STS Profile: Customer Experience

T­he experience of buying products and services from retail, grocery, or hospitality businesses has changed— both for the customer and certainly for the business. It used to be that the customer followed a predictable path, and other than with mail or phone orders, transactions occurred in store. Businesses were largely in control of the experience with advertising, store layout, product and pricing displays, and a limited selection of merchandise in inventory.

15 Reasons You Should Register For RetailNOW® 2015, Right Now

RetailNOW brings together the thousands of people who make point of sale technology products with people that make those products come alive with amazing features and capabilities, along with the people who bring that technology to the marketplace.

RetailNOW2015®: Show Floor Preview

Given that it’s the only place where all the parts of the Point of Sale ecosystem come together, RetailNOW’s Show Floor can also be considered the industry’s crucible: a place where partnerships are formed and business grows. With the right mix of what’s happening now, and what’s to come next, show floor visitors in 2015 will surely be able to find the right mix that will get them ready for the future.

RSPA’s President’s Note

Boy, did we earn it this year! There is nothing like record-breaking cold temperatures and snow accumulations to make you really appreciate the more temperate spring weather that is upon us.

Legally Speaking: Autorenewal — Are The Days Numbered?

I just concluded a matter which may indicate a trend that will change the nature of the industry. Most maintenance, support, processing, and lease agreements contain automatic renewal clauses.

How To Quickly Integrate A New Salesperson Into Your IT Company, Part 1

I was asked by one of our peer group members to provide some advice as it related to the hiring and onboarding of a new salesperson. The potential hire did not have an IT industry background.  So my advice to him was twofold, focusing around how to get the non-IT person up to speed and how to quickly integrate the new hire into their company.

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A VAR & MSP's Guide To Health IT Trends

A VAR & ISV's Guide To EMV

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