April 2016 - Employee Benefits I AP Benefit Advisors

HIPAA Compliance Reviews and Audit Protocol

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched the second phase of its HIPAA audit program, which focuses on compliance with HIPAA’s Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules. HHS’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is responsible for conducting these audits. This second phase of the HIPAA audit program covers both covered entities and […]

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Help Celebrate Earth Day!

The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970, thanks to the efforts of Senator Gaylord Nelson, a passionate advocate of protecting the environment and bringing to light environmental issues, after seeing the damaging effects of a massive oil spill in 1969 in Santa Barbara, California. Through much struggle and resistance to this issue, […]

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HR Document Spring Cleaning

Spring has sprung! And so has the need to clean out those old, pesky documents that keep cluttering up our lives…and office…and desk…and computer! But where to start?! Follow these simple guidelines to help steer you in the right direction: Hiring – Under Title VII, job applications and resumes must be kept for one year […]

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The ‘Snooki’ Tax: PPACA Tanning Bed Tax

Since July 1, 2010, a 10% tax has been imposed on tanning sessions at indoor tanning salons through the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and the amendments made through the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. The tax entails that anyone utilizing any indoor tanning services is required […]

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DOL Issues Final SBC Template and Instructions

On Wednesday, April 6, 2016, the DOL (United States Department of Labor) issued final regulations on the new SBC (Summary of Benefits and Coverage) template and related documents, intended for use as of April 1, 2017. Final documents and a completed sample SBC are available on the DOL website, see the link below. PPACA (aka […]

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The Importance of Executing HIPAA Business Associate Agreements

Violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) can come at a hefty price! Just ask North Memorial Health Care of Minnesota, as they recently had to pay $1.55 million in settlement charges that they potentially violated the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules by failing to enter into a business associate agreement with […]

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The Burdens of Compliance

Due to the fact that health and welfare have become ever-present, employees now expect medical, dental, life, and other insurance when they are hired as part of their benefits package. Employers offer this coverage to attract and reward employees and to avoid penalties under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). There are burdens of compliance, which […]

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AP Benefit Advisors Webinar Series: PPACA Regulations Impacting Plan Changes – Part II

Join AP Benefit Advisors’ General Counsel and VP of Compliance, Patrick C. Haynes, Jr., for this one-hour, complimentary webinar, as he reviews Part II of the PPACA Regulations which impact plan changes. Discussion will include guidance on recent IRS publications, extended deadlines, out-of-pocket maximums and SBC updates. Many employers are struggling to understand how these […]

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Making Telecommuting Work for Your Organization

Employers are hesitant to allow employees to telecommute, as they have no idea if the employee is truly completing their work or not. Jay Forte, president of The Greatness Zone LLC, says that if an organization is truly about results, then one should not micromanage the process. Forte has answers to three questions regarding telecommuting […]

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