HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Audit Program: Phase 2 Now Underway

On June 21, 2016 By Tevis

On March 21, 2016, the Health and Human Services Office’s (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) launched the second phase of its audit program to review compliance with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act’s (HIPAA) privacy, security, and breach notification … Continue reading


January 2015 BenefitsBuzz

On December 31, 2014 By Tevis

HHS Issues Proposed Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2016 On Nov. 21, 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued the 2016 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters Proposed Rule, which contains several proposed changes for 2016. Among … Continue reading


November BenefitsBuzz

On October 24, 2014 By Tevis

Agencies Issue Final Rule Expanding the Definition of Excepted Benefits On Sept. 26, 2014, the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Treasury issued final regulations expanding one category of excepted benefits. Excepted benefits are certain … Continue reading


Imminent Compliance Deadlines: Plan Sponsors Must Act ACA and HIPAA

On September 4, 2013 By Tevis

Although the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) penalty phase of the Pay or Play requirement has been postponed, the Exchange Notice requirements remain with a deadline for plan sponsors to provide the Notices by October 1, 2013. As … Continue reading


DOMA’s Demise: What it Means for Health and Welfare Plans

On August 7, 2013 By Tevis

The United States Supreme Court’s (USSCT) recent decision to strike down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) will have a major impact on employer-sponsored health and welfare plans. Key questions remain. Unfortunately, plan sponsors will need to … Continue reading


July BenefitsBuzz

On July 5, 2013 By Tevis

HCR Final Rule on Workplace Wellness Programs The Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes provisions to encourage appropriately designed, consumer-protective wellness programs in group health coverage. Effective for plan years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2014, ACA essentially codifies the … Continue reading


May BenefitsBuzz

On May 3, 2013 By Tevis

HIPAA Certificates Required During 2014 For plan years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2014, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) prohibits group health plans and issuers from imposing pre-existing condition exclusions (PCEs) on any enrollees. Currently, ACA prohibits PCEs for … Continue reading


March 2013 BenefitsBuzz

On March 1, 2013 By Tevis

Final Rule Issued on HIPAA Privacy and Security Protections On Jan. 17, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule modifying the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement and Breach Notification Rules. The final rule is intended to … Continue reading