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Tuesday, August 30, 2016
The IRS has released the 2016 draft forms and instructions for the ACA employer reporting requirement. The 2016 draft forms are very similar to the 2015 forms with only a few small changes; the most significant ones explain how to indicate §4980H transition relief for non-calendar year plans on Form 1094-C and coding conditional offers […]
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has begun Phase 2 of its HIPAA Audit Program. The scope of this national audit includes covered entities and business associates of various industries and sizes; and all covered entities and business associates are eligible to be audited. Employers offering […]
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Pragmatic Cybersecurity for the Interconnected Business THINK YOUR BUSINESS IS REASONABLY SAFE FROM A CYBER-ATTACK? Think again. The threat is so widespread that there is an entire black market built to arm hackers with the tools they need to breach your systems. Even worse, 50 percent of online traffic is automated. It does not sleep. It is ever-present, […]
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Washington State’s best employers know that offering meaningful and valuable benefits is key to attracting and retaining top talent, but that is easier said than done.
Monday, August 15, 2016
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s 2015 Employer Health Benefits Survey, health insurance premiums for employers have cumulatively increased by 65% from 2010 to 2015, vs. overall inflation which has only increased cumulatively by 11% over the same time period.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
In a time where construction activity has exceeded prior high watermarks, contractors are increasingly utilizing owned and rented equipment for projects. From an insurance standpoint, there are key areas of coverage that need to be addressed when structuring a contractor’s equipment program. Continued rental expense and rental reimbursement are a few coverage areas that deserve consideration.
Friday, July 22, 2016
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released proposed rules addressing the relationship between opt-out arrangements and affordability for purposes of subsidy eligibility through a public Exchange and potential §4980H(b) penalties. First addressed in Notice 2015-87 last December, the proposed rules confirm and further clarify that unconditional opt-out payments need to be added to the employee contribution for purposes of determining affordability, while conditional opt-outs generally do not.
Thursday, July 14, 2016
We received notice late Wednesday that Providence-Swedish Health & Services has decided to terminate their contract with Premera Blue Cross, effective January 1, 2017.
At this time we do not know if this decision to terminate is a final position on the part of Providence or part of their negotiations with Premera.
Friday, July 8, 2016
Regardless of your role within the healthcare space, everyone can have an impact on how an organization minimizes regulatory risks. Healthcare executives need to understand the trending regulatory claims, the best way to partner with insurance associates, and how varying policies interface with the associated liabilities.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
As mergers and acquisitions become more common, the risk of financial loss in these deals is increasing. A properly structured reps and warranties insurance policy can help protect both the buyer and seller. PS&F’s Cliff Rudolph explains further in the PSBJ.
Friday, June 24, 2016
The Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services (“the Departments”) have released final versions of the Uniform Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) template, instructions, sample language, and Uniform Glossary (“glossary”), along with a Coverage Examples Calculator and related instructions. Group health plans and issuers must begin using the final templates on the first day of the first open enrollment period, plan year, or policy year beginning on or after April 1, 2017.