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EEOC Issues Proposed Rule on the ADA and Workplace Wellness Programs

Is your company considering whether to implement a Workplace Wellness Program? If so, there are certainly many reasons for doing so. Depending on your needs, a Workplace Wellness Program may help you to achieve goals in areas such as employee satisfaction, employee health, company culture, and more. However, there has been an increasing level of […]

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HIPAA Certificates No Longer Required in 2015

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), group health plans and issuers are prohibited from imposing pre-existing condition exclusions on any enrollees. As a result, the requirement to provide HIPAA Certificates has been eliminated beginning Dec. 31, 2014. Thus, group health plans and issuers are not required to provide HIPAA Certificates during 2015 and later years. […]

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News for Self-Funded Employers: HPID Requirement Delayed

On Oct. 31, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that enforcement of the Health Plan Identifier (HPID) requirement is delayed until further notice. The initial deadline required self-funded employer group health plans (among other “covered entities”) to obtain an HPID by Nov. 5, 2014. CMS has not yet indicated if or when […]

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Health Care Reform News: Proposed Expansion of Excepted Benefits

While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has initiated many market reforms, including the prohibition on annual limits and the preventive care coverage requirement, employee benefits that qualify as “excepted benefits” are not subject to those rules. On December 20th, 2013,  proposed regulations were released by the DOL, HHS, and the Treasury that would expand the definition of […]

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Losing Sleep Due to Compliance Fears

As a Human Resources professional, are you losing sleep due to fears regarding your company’s compliance responsibilities? If so, you are not alone. A study that was released by ADP and reported on by BenefitsPro highlights a number of statistics that are worth noting: 57 percent of HR professionals at small businesses lack confidence in their […]

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Health Care Reform and Workplace Wellness Programs: Final Rules Issued

On May 29th, 2013, agencies including the Department of Labor, HHS, and Treasury Department released a final set of regulations regarding workplace wellness programs in 2014 and beyond. The final rules provide some clarity for employers as they seek to understand how the Affordable Care Act will impact wellness programs in the future. The rules […]

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New Rules for HIPAA: Compliance Checklist

The impact of the new HIPAA rules that were announced in January 2013 is still being understood by companies across the country. The new rules primarily center around three key initiatives: Making business associates directly liable Revising breach notification requirements Requiring companies to revise privacy notices To help your company better understand what these rules […]

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Why Your Wellness Program Needs Data to Thrive

I recently came across an article in the Boston Business Journal that covered a “hot-button” topic: employee wellness and data collection. When it comes to those items, employers certainly need to be concerned about privacy, especially in relation to laws such as HIPAA and GINA. But at the same time, employers should not allow privacy […]

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New Rules for HIPAA Privacy and Security Protections

On January 17th, 2013, new rules were issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that modify various HIPAA rules. The changes are primarily designed to engage privacy protections for patients and to strengthen the ability of the government to enforce the law. Here is an overview of some of the key […]

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