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News Brief: PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNED EXECUTIVE ORDER INTENDED TO INCREASE HEALTH CARE PRICE TRANSPARENCY

On Monday, June 24, 2019, President Donald Trump signed an executive order designed to increase pricing and quality transparency in health care. The president’s executive order is the latest […]
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Compliance Update: EEOC Expected to Publish New Wellness Rules in 2019

OVERVIEW The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently announced its plans to issue new proposed rules on permissible wellness incentives under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by the […]
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Compliance Overview: ERISA Fidelity Bonds

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) sets rules and standards of conduct for employee benefit plans maintained by private-sector employers and those who invest and manage […]
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Compliance Bulletin: HSA / HDHP Limits Increase for 2020

OVERVIEW On May 28, 2019, the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2019-25 to announce the inflation-adjusted limits for health savings accounts (HSAs) and high deductible health plans (HDHPs) for 2020. […]
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NEWS BRIEF: Trump Announces Plan to Combat Surprise Medical Billing

On May 9, 2019, President Donald Trump delivered a speech criticizing the practice of surprise medical billing. He announced a general plan of attack and hinted at a few […]
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Compliance Overview: EEO-1 REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

The EEO-1 Report is a federally mandated survey that collects workforce data categorized by race, ethnicity, sex and job category. Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (Title […]
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Health Care Compliance Bulletin: SAN FRANCISCO HEALTH CARE SECURITY ORDINANCE

OVERVIEW Under San Francisco’s Health Care Security Ordinance (HCSO), covered employers are required to spend a minimum amount of money on health care benefits for their covered employees. Specifically, […]
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Compliance Bulletin: FEDERAL COURT STRIKES DOWN ASSOCIATION HEALTH PLAN RULES

OVERVIEW On March 28, 2019, a federal judge ruled that parts of the Trump administration’s 2018 final rule on association health plans (AHPs) were invalid. The court directed the […]
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News Brief: 2018 Was A Record Year for HIPAA Enforcement Actions

In 2018, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) settled 10 cases and was granted summary judgment in a case in Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) enforcement. The enforcement […]
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Compliance Bulletin: Medicare Part D Disclosures Due by March 1 for Calendar Year Plans

OVERVIEW Group health plan sponsors are required to complete an online disclosure form with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on an annual basis and at other […]
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