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5 Things to Consider When Selecting a Health Plan
5 Things to Consider When Selecting a Health Plan

Changing health plans is a major decision for any employer, regardless of size. Not only is health insurance a costly commitment, it also impacts recruitment capabilities, retention levels and overall employee satisfaction. This article outlines five things for employers to consider when selecting a health plan.

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What Am I Doing Wrong?? Common FMLA Mistakes

“What did I do wrong?” and “Am I doing this correctly” are frequent questions from clients regarding FMLA administration. Not taking into account the interplay of the federal FMLA and “state FMLA” laws. This post takes on a bit of a different twist by expanding beyond the federal FMLA. A common mistake employers can make …

CMS Announces HIPAA Compliance Review Program

The CMS Division of National Standards, on behalf of HHS, is launching the Compliance Review Program to ensure compliance among covered entities with HIPAA Administrative Simplification rules for electronic health care transactions. In April 2019, HHS will randomly select 9 HIPAA-covered entities—a mix of health plans and clearinghouses—for Compliance Reviews. Any health plan or clearinghouse—not …

Court Invalidates New Association Health Plan Rule

On March 28, 2019, a judge for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled against the Department of Labor (DOL) by invalidating critical aspects of the new association health plan rule (the Rule). In its decision, the Court found the Rule to be an unreasonable interpretation of the Employee Retirement Income …

Medicare Secondary Payer Rules

The Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) rules impose regulations on group health plans that govern how plans interact with Medicare and Medicare-entitled plan participants. While complex, the rules are designed to spread costs between Medicare and group health plans that are considered primary payer to Medicare. Employer-sponsors of group health plans that are subject to the …

Checklist for Self-funded Group Health Plans

Group health plans are subject to an ever-changing environment of regulations surrounding compliance and notice obligations. Many of the requirements apply equally to both insured and self-funded arrangements, and the insurance carrier often ensures compliance with certain items. This checklist provides an overview of the obligations for self-funded group health plans. Employers sponsoring self-funded plans …

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