Friday Jun 29, 2012

Highlights From Interact '12 - Healthcare Industry User Group

Last week the Oracle team traveled to Orlando for the 18th annual Healthcare Industry User Group (HIUG) conference, Interact '12.   HIUG has over 3,000 members representing 180 organizations.  While we now know the result on the SCOTUS ruling yesterday, the consensus at the conference last week was summed up well in the welcome note from HIUG President, Chris Ryzewski:    "Regardless of the legal ruling on this administration's  Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act we will undoubtedly be called upon to further reduce costs and be more efficient in every aspect of our business processes."    Well put!  

Attendance exceeded previous years with several hundred attendees, over 100 sessions, and a trade show that numbered 40 booths.    Most of the HIUG members use PeopleSoft applications and they tend to be full suite customers who use PeopleSoft broadly from HCM to Financials and Supply Chain. For many customers who have licensed PeopleSoft in the last year, it was their first experience with a very strong and collaborative user group.   I had dinner with a provider who is rolling out PeopleSoft HCM and ERP to a nationwide system of forty hospitals.  A key driver for this organization and others is how to leverage PeopleSoft applications to meet the cost reduction goals mentioned above.  

In the area of procurement, the topic of Supplier Contract Management attracted a lot of attention.  Contract pricing and adherence to contracts throughout the procure to pay life cycle are key to meeting cost containment objectives.  Customers were excited to see the new faceted search capabilities and usability of  the upcoming PeopleSoft eProcurement release.     The new Work Center concept was discussed in several areas including the Cost Reconciliation Work Center and the Supply Demand Work Center which enables healthcare specific functions around PAR counts and related replenishment activities.  The latest Feature Pack of HCM 9.1 was demonstrated with the Talent Summary and Manager Dashboard.   Customers were excited to see the major advances in self service available today.    The Grants Special Interest Group focused quite a bit on the usage of PeopleSoft's Project Costing "Funds Distribution" feature, which can be used to manage capital projects funded by multiple agencies and sources.  Along with the latest release of the Mobile Inventory solution that several hospitals have now implemented, a preview of new mobile applications for expenses and approvals drew a lot of attention.  

The PeopleSoft focus on assisting these companies in their goals to contain costs and create new efficiencies continues forward.   We look foward to Interact '13!     





Sunday May 06, 2012

PeopleSoft is recognized as “Best in Klas” for Healthcare for 2011

PeopleSoft is recognized as “Best in Klas” for Healthcare for  2011

Oracle PeopleSoft received exiting news about our efforts in the Healthcare Industry. KLAS has named Oracle’s PeopleSoft the best Financials/ERP software in its "2011 Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Services" report. The award is based on the overall performance rating calculated from scores based on healthcare providers rating the product/vendor in the areas of Product Quality, Sales and Contracting, Implementation and Training, Functionality and Upgrades, Service and Support and General. We are honored to be recognized as the best Healthcare ERP provider for 2011.

KLAS is a healthcare technology research firm that specializes in monitoring and reporting the performance of software, services, medical equipment and infrastructure vendors. Working with thousands of healthcare executives from hospitals and clinics in North America, KLAS collects performance feedback to deliver timely reports, trends and statistics that provide a solid overview of vendor performance in the industry.

You can view the Oracle Press Release announcing the award and the two-page report from KLAS.

Monday Mar 05, 2012

PeopleSoft provides GLN (Global Location Number) support for the Healthcare Industry

Global Location Number (GLN) has been added to the PeopleSoft SRM application to support of the Healthcare Industry’s Sunrise 2010 initiative.  The Sunrise 2010 initiative is a voluntary Healthcare Industry initiative to start using GLN (global location numbers) as the supplier, customer, and business unit references for business transactions between partners in the supply chain.   Initial industry focus is to use GLN as the equivalent of a supplier location and a business unit “ship-to” location.  The benefit is that all businesses will use a single identifier number when they do commerce with their partners.  Global Location Numbers are unique identifier numbers for business locations in the Healthcare Supply Chain.  The purchasing organization and its vendors will identify all their business locations with a GLN in their business to business transactions.  The same GLN identifier will then be used by all suppliers that ship to that hospital ship to location.  The benefit is that trading partners will use a single location identifier in business to business communication and the need for each supplier to create their own unique “customer number” for the hospital will be removed.

The industry initiative is mainly targeted to reduce errors in communication between business trading partners.  It is an enablement of EDI transactions between business partners. GLNs will identify the supplier and purchasing organization locations in the EDI communication. The Sunrise 2010 goals are:

  •  Display and use GLNs (Global Location Number) in business to business activity between business trading partners.  The first priority is to provide GLNs in EDI purchase order related transactions.  The Healthcare customers’ top priority is to use GLN in Purchase order dispatch.  The PO related EDI transactions that are of top interest and provided in Feature Pack 2 are:
    •  Purchase Order dispatch
    • Purchase order acknowledgement
    • Advance Shipping receipt

PeopleSoft added GLN specifically to the Supplier Relationship Management suite of applications for use in the Healthcare Industry.  

GLN was added to selected transactions in PeopleSoft SRM.   No business logic changes were made to SRM.   SRM continues to function as it did before the enhancements.  The vendor, business units, locations, ship to location and items continue to be used.  Since many different industries use SRM, the business logic was not changed since it would impact other industries that do not use GLN.  The GLN field is displayed on the Purchasing pages next to its associated PeopleSoft Location field or Ship To field.   The Vendor Location GLN is also displayed.

GTIN (Global Trading Item Number)
GTIN often gets discussed at the same time as the GLN.   There is a second related Healthcare Initialize initiative called Sunrise 2012 Imitative.  This second Healthcare Initiative does the same thing for GTIN (global trade item number) as Sunrise 1 did for GLN.  The GTIN is a single item identifier for item/uom combinations that is used for business to business communication (EDI).   The GTIN was added to  PeopleSoft Inventory and Purchasing in Release 9.0.  As part of the GLN additions, the GTIN field has also been added to the selected EDI transaction foundation tables to support the mapping of EDI transactions.


Monday May 23, 2011

Oracle PeopleSoft Benefits and Payroll for North America – How does the new Healthcare Legislation impact your PeopleSoft products?

The "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" (PPACA) (P.L. 111-148) and the "Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" (H.R. 4872) were signed into law March of 2010. The Oracle PeopleSoft team has been monitoring this legislation and the impacts it has on the PeopleSoft Benefits and Payroll for North America products. Through the use of Position Statements, updates and changes are communicated to our customers. Most recently we reported on product updates that were made as a result of changes that extend health care coverage to young adults.

One of the many changes initiated by PPACA requires any group health plan or plan in the individual market that provides dependent coverage for children to continue to make that coverage available until the child turns 26 years of age. This was effective for Plan or Policy Years beginning on or after September 23, 2010. The Act provides that medical coverage be extended to children up to the age of 26 without restrictions for student or marital status. In addition the tax favored status remains until the end of the tax year during which the child attains 26.

In order to allow for the varying age limits between plans it was necessary to develop a new Dependent Age limit structure which would allow our customers to accommodate the new age limit for dependents in the medical plans. 

To compliment this change we will be delivering enhancements to the Oracle PeopleSoft Human Resources Base Benefits and Payroll for North America products to accommodate the difference in tax treatment of the Adult Child Benefit among states which do not conform to the Federal law. The IRS has issued guidance that the coverage for adult children is non-taxable through the calendar year they attain age 26, even though the law only requires plans to provide coverage up to the 26th birthday. State requirements may differ from these Federal requirements. In order to allow for compliance at the state level the following changes have been developed.

 

• Updated Benefit Rate Table Structure
• New relationship type “Adult Child”
• New Taxable Gross Component ID


The new configuration allows you to designate a value of the benefit attributable to the Adult Child in the Benefit Rate table. This value will then be used to calculate the appropriate state tax. Given the current functionality, the only deduction class that will not reduce the employee check, not impact Federal, and impute the income for the state is the Non-taxable Before tax deduction class. This deduction class is currently only available for use in Base Benefits for Savings Plan employer matching contribution. The new functionality will open up the use of this deduction class for use in the calculation of health premiums for the purpose of imputing taxable income for non conforming states.

The detailed information is posted to My Oracle Support Doc ID 1080659.1 - PeopleSoft Benefits and Payroll for North America Position Statement: HR 3590 and HR 4872.

In addition, we are currently following changes made in the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, a section of the American Recoveries and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Congress passed the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) as part of the American Recoveries and Reinvestment Act of 2009. HITECH makes several significant modifications to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). These changes include creating new code and transaction sets for the HIPAA 834 EDI. Thorough analysis is currently being conducted and updates will be provided in an upcoming Position Statement.

Position statements can be found by accessing My Oracle Support.

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