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Employers Are Expected to Spend More on Health Care and Wellness in the Next Year

Authors: |September 17th, 2019|Benefits, In The Know, Workplace Wellness|

According to Optum’s Wellness in the Workplace study, more than 80% of employers plan to spend more on health care and wellness in the next year than in previous years. Health Care Spending The cost of providing employer-sponsored health care has been steadily increasing over the years. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average [...]

CMS Announces HIPAA Compliance Review Program

Authors: |April 17th, 2019|Benefits, Compliance, Human Resources, In The Know, Workplace Wellness|

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 [...]

U.S. News Best Hospitals Rankings 2018-2019

Authors: |August 22nd, 2018|Administration, Benefits, Decision Making, In The Know, Technology, Workplace Wellness|

On August 14th, U.S. News and World Report released their annual top hospitals rankings. The top five nationally were: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN Cleveland Clinic Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston University of Michigan Hospitals-Michigan Medicine Ann Arbor They also reported regional rankings for 200 metropolitan areas and the top five hospitals in selected [...]

Required Participant Notices for Wellness Programs

Authors: |April 23rd, 2018|Administration, Benefits, Communications, Compliance, In The Know, Workplace Wellness|

Wellness programs are subject to several federal laws including ERISA, the affordability rules of the Affordable Care Act, COBRA, and the Internal Revenue Code.  In addition, wellness programs may be subject to the HIPAA/ACA wellness program rules and the EEOC wellness program regulations issued under the Americans with Disabilities Act (the “ADA”) and GINA. These [...]

EEOC Issues Final Guidance on Employer Wellness Programs

Authors: |May 17th, 2016|Benefits, In The Know, Workplace Wellness|

On Monday, May 16th, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced rules that allow companies to provide financial incentives to their employees and covered spouses that participate in a corporate wellness program. The final rules confirmed that a company’s wellness program is considered voluntary, assuming it does not provide a discount or incentive that is greater [...]