Recap: National Academy of Education (NAEd)

8/23/16 9:07 AM

On August 9-10, 2016, I attended a two-day workshop held by the National Academy of Education (NAEd) titled “Big Data: Balancing Research Needs and Student Privacy.”

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Summary of GAO's Report on Procedural Documentation for Credit Subsidies

8/22/16 9:31 AM

More Federal lending programs are focusing their attention and scrutiny on the importance of procedural documentation. As part of this effort, Congress requested that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) examine the credit subsidy documentation for three Federal credit agencies:

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New Proposed Rule for Employee Benefit Plans

8/5/16 2:28 PM

On July 21, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) Employee Benefit Security Administration (EBSA), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) published a proposed rule on annual reporting and disclosure, which describes revisions to the Form 5500. The Form 5500 is an annual report filed by pension, health, and other employee benefit plans that fulfills reporting requirements under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

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New Overtime Pay Rules from DOL: Employment Experience of Affected Workers

6/21/16 10:01 AM

On May 18, 2016, the White House and Department of Labor (DOL) released a final rule updating overtime pay regulations, raising the standard salary level for exempt workers from $455 weekly to $913. Nonexempt employees are entitled to overtime pay; exempt employees are not. Effective December 1, 2016, workers earning less than $913 per week will not be eligible for exempt status, extending overtime pay protection to 4.2 million currently exempt workers. (DOL Fact Sheet: https://www.dol.gov/whd/overtime/final2016/overtime-factsheet.htm.)

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Summit's 13th Anniversary Celebration

6/20/16 8:29 AM

Happy anniversary to Summit! Last week we celebrated Summit's accomplishments over the past thirteen years. We talked about our projects, remembered our successes, and recognized the outstanding people who make it all possible: our clients, employees, and teaming partners.

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5 Best Podcasts for Statistics and Data Science Lovers [Updated]

6/14/16 11:44 AM

Need a couple of new podcasts to enjoy on your commute or in your downtime? Love statistics and data science? We have you covered!

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Summit Wins Prominent Philanthropy Award

6/8/16 4:07 PM

On June 7, 2016, Summit won The Sister Eymard Gallagher Award for Service to Others from the HR Leadership Association (HRLA) of Greater Washington. This award honors Summit's team for "leadership, dedication and engagement of employees to give back to the community through service to others."

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Exploring Shifts in Insurance Products after ACA

4/19/16 3:57 PM

In this series of blog posts, we are using an All Payer Claims Database (APCD) from the state of New Hampshire to explore some questions related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
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Topics: Summit Blog, health claims, all-payer claims database

UMD and Summit Host Successful 2016 ASA DataFest in DC

4/18/16 2:00 PM

Summit Consulting and the University of Maryland (UMD) recently hosted the second-ever American Statistical Association (ASA) DataFest in Washington, DC. (Read about the first annual DC DataFest here.) This year’s special “celebration of data” was co-hosted by the University of Maryland's Joint Program in Survey Methodology (JPSM) and Summit Consulting.

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Exploring the Cost and Frequency of Wellness Exams after ACA

4/12/16 11:02 AM

In this series of blog posts, we are using an all-payer claims database (APCD) from the state of New Hampshire to explore some questions related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

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Topics: Summit Blog, health claims, all-payer claims database

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