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IRS Clarifies Employer’s Ability to Recover Mistaken HSA Contributions

Introduction On December 28, 2018, the IRS issued Information Letter Number 2018-0033 (https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-wd/18-0033.pdf), which provides clarification about the situations in which an employer may attempt to recoup a mistaken contribution to an employee’s Health Savings Account (HSA). Specifically, the letter provides additional examples of HSA contributions, resulting from administrative or processing errors that an employer […]

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Security Strategies for CRE Projects Under Construction to Minimize Threat of Fire and Theft

Buildings under construction have a greater potential for significant property damage from fire than occupied buildings.

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HIPAA Privacy and Security Mistakes Employers Make

Introduction Employers often wonder what they need to do to ensure that their health plans comply with HIPAA, and there are plenty of resources containing instructions and guidance to this effect. But sometimes the best way to illustrate what should be done is talking about the things that should be avoided. This issue brief will […]

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How to Protect Your Organization and Increase Vaccination Rates

The measles is not your everyday mild rash that will clear with ointment. It’s an acute viral respiratory illness characterized with extremely high fever…

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Federal Court Blocks New DOL Association Health Plan Rules

In a case brought by 11 states and the District of Columbia, a federal court has struck down significant portions of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) association health plan (AHP) final rule. The new DOL rules were designed to make it easier for small employers and individuals to join together to offer or purchase health […]

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Creative Strategies to Retain Key Employees

Key employees know that their skillset is portable – those skills, connections, relationships, and knowledge can be taken to the open market and sold to the highest bidder.

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Midyear Changes

Introduction Questions surrounding the topic of midyear changes to enrollments have consistently been the most common questions posed by employers. We hope that after reading this issue brief you’ll come away with a better understanding of the rules to make mid-year enrollment changes. If Adding Coverage: Is the Employer Required to Allow the Change? If […]

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Tackling the High Cost of Alaskan Healthcare

Greg Loudon Principal, Account Executive Alaskan healthcare insurance costs never seem to stop increasing, and are impeding organizations’ abilities to make investments or fuel growth. In response, Parker, Smith & Feek partners with the nonprofit Pacific Health Coalition creating solutions to help provide lower costs, increased flexibility, and better healthcare access to Alaskan businesses. Read […]

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How to Build Cost Effective Senior Living Facilities

The senior living industry continues to build out and refurbish its footprint throughout the United States…

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Tobacco Surcharges

Many employers provide incentives to employees (and sometimes their family members) for not smoking or using tobacco products to encourage them to adopt healthier lifestyles and to potentially cut down on medical costs. However, some employers don’t realize that putting such incentives in place may be considered a wellness program and subject to HIPAA and EEOC wellness rules.

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Addressing Project Site Security With Active Monitoring Systems

Buildings under construction have a greater potential for significant property damage from fire than occupied buildings.

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HHS Proposes to Rescind Adoption of HDIP

On December 19, 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued proposed regulations to rescind the requirement that employers and plan sponors obtain and use a unique health plan identifier (HPID).

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