As reported earlier this year, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has increased their audit efforts and are targeting covered entities and business associates. As is often [...]
Many employers are under the assumption that they're not responsible for temporary employees' health insurance. This is not always the case. Your company could be responsible if it is the common law employer under the IRS rules.
Check out the video below where compliance officers Lindsey Surratt and Katharine Marshall discuss [...]
On October 10th, a federal district court in the Western District of North Carolina struck down Amendment One as unconstitutional (Amendment One defined marriage in NC as only between one man and one woman, effectively prohibiting same-sex marriages in the state). The [...]
The IRS, DOL, and HHS (the Departments) have jointly issued final regulations addressing employee wellness programs under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). These final regulations modify the proposed wellness regulations that were issued in November 2012. The final regulations apply to insured and self-insured group health plans (both grandfathered and [...]
During the last week of March, the United States Supreme Court heard arguments on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in United States v. Windsor. DOMA is a federal law that defines marriage for the purposes of "any Act of Congress, or of any ruling, regulation, or [...]
Until 2009, most employers had little to worry about complying with the privacy standards of HIPAA, short for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which protects the confidentiality of individuals’ health records. Even if employers contracted as business associates with healthcare providers and other similar entities, they were [...]