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With open enrollment fast approaching for many employers, it is a good time to review what materials are necessary for open enrollment and what employer notices are required to distribute and when. Some employer notices are provided when participants first become covered under a health and welfare plan and others have an annual distribution requirement.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: Employer Notice , SPD , SMM , SAR , Medicare Part D , Notice of Creditable Coverage , COBRA , HIPAA , CHIP , Wellness , Grandfathered Status , WHCRA , Michelle's Law , ADA
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Special Enrollment Rights provide the ability to add an individual to a group health plan without regard to prior health history when certain events occur (i.e. loss of coverage, marriage, birth, adoption, placement for adoption).
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: HIPAA , HIPAA Special Enrollment Rights , HCFSA , Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts , Change of Election

HIPAA Small Breach Notifications Due March 1st

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Small breaches discovered in 2017, must be reported to HHS by March 1, 2018.
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Categories: Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HHS , HIPAA Breach , Small breach , March 1 2018 , HIPAA , OCR

Employer Plan Notices Are Now in Season!

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With open enrollment fast-approaching for many employers, it is also a good time for employers to take stock of whether they have provided all necessary documents and notices for their health and welfare benefit plans to their employees and plan participants this year.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: Notice , Compliance , Benefits , SPD , SMM , SBC , SAR , Medicare Part D , Notice of Creditable Coverage , COBRA , HIPAA , CHIP , WHCRA , Wellness , ADA , Grandfathered Plan , MIchelle's Law

OCR Announces $2.5 Million HIPAA Settlement

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The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently announced a $2.5 million settlement with a wireless health services provider, CardioNet, for violations of the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
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Categories: Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: OCR , Office for Civil Rights , Health and Human Services , DHHS , CardioNet , settlement , HIPAA , Privacy , Security , mobile device
According to a Press Release on January 9, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), has announced the first Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) enforcement settlement of 2017 based on the untimely reporting of a breach of unsecured protected health information (PHI).
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Categories: Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HIPAA , HHS , OCR , Breach , Penalty
HIPAA regulations require plan sponsors to distribute a reminder notice to health plan participants no less than once every three years after issuance of the Notice of Privacy Practices (“NPP”) to inform participants that the NPP is available and how to obtain a copy. The regulations required all employer-plan sponsors to send out an NPP by November 23, 2013. Therefore, employers who have not provided an NPP to plan participants since November 23, 2013 will be required to provide a reminder ...
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Categories: Compliance | Tags: HIPAA , Notice of Privacy Practices

HIPAA Audits Phase 2 Rolled Out by OCR

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The Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently announced it has begun Phase 2 of HIPAA audit. OCR has begun releasing initial emails looking for contact information to identify covered entities and business associates of various types. Once contact information is obtained, OCR will then transmit a pre-audit questionnaire to gather data about the size, type, and operations, which will be used to create the pool used to select who will be audited.
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Categories: Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HIPAA , HHS , Health Care , OCR

HIPAA BAAs May Need Updating

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The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009 created amendments to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) primarily aimed at the electronic transfer and use of protected health information (PHI).
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Categories: Compliance | Tags: HIPAA , BAA , PHI
The Health and Human Services Department (HHS) issued final rules requiring all health plans to obtain a unique 10-digit plan identifier, known as a HPID, to comply with a provision of HIPAA and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The requirement is being phased in over two years.
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HHS , HPID , ACA , identifier , HIPAA
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